Baldwin track teams open season next week

BALDWIN — A busy agenda is coming up for the Baldwin boys and girls track teams.

It starts April 18 at Brethren in a West Michigan D League jamboree. It continues with the Mesick Invitational on April 20. The Panthers will go to Onekama for a league jamboree on April 25 and are at Custer-Mason County Eastern for a meet on April 27.

Coaches Scott Pedigo, Bob Watkins and Abe Williams had the team working out in the gym Tuesday in light of cold outdoor temperatures.

“We've got weight room today and are trying to build up upper body and appreciate the importance of their arm strength and upper chest strength to help carry them through when they start getting fatigued,” Watkins said.

Another league jamboree is set for May 2 at MCE. The Great Lakes Invitational is May 4 at Beal City followed by the Brethren Invitational on May 5. Brethren will also be hosting the conference meet on May 9.

“We have a bunch of (meets) back to back,” Watkins said. “It's going to test our stamina. If we don't get them in, we won't be ready for regionals.”

Make-up dates are scheduled for May 3 and May 10. The regionals are May 18 or 19. Panther coaches are focusing their athletes for the regionals to allow them to qualify for the state finals at the end of the season.

Among the promising athletes for the Panthers has been senior Cameron Wroblewski, who is in his third year of track.

“I've been improving a lot in the distances,” he said. “I'm having a lot of fun with my teammates and am enjoying the season.”

Wroblewski runs the 3,200-meter run and is hoping the team will have a 3,200-meter relay this season.

“I want to cut down my time and hopefully get a medal this year,” he said. “It will take determination and lots of practice lots of focus. I have a good start, and a steady pace in the middle and finish hard.”

Practices, “have been going really good,” he said. “I'm very excited for next week's meet. I'm looking to have a lot of fun. The team, we have a lot of good runners this year. We're looking forward to going to state and competing against the tougher schools.”

Some of the team's sprinters and distance runners have a good chance to qualify for the state finals.

“The weight room has been open and we've been going outside quite a bit to practice our runs,” Wroblewski said.