George reflects on short, but sweet, track season

BALDWIN — It was a short track season for the Baldwin boys and girls, but sophomore Makayla George made the most of her opportunities.

George was among the top performers for the Panthers during the season

She covered 14 feet 10 inches in the long jump Friday at the Pioneer Track and Field Championships at Ferris State’s Top Taggart Field, but wasn’t able to get in the top six for a medal.

On her season’s best jump “the whole form was perfect,” George said.

Baldwin netted a fifth place from Dashawn Moore in the 200-meter dash at 24.06 seconds.

George’s 14’10” was her best of a season hampered by poor weather and constant cancellation of meets. She only had four meets. A 13-6 was her best jump going into the Pioneer meet.

George, like others on her team, wouldn’t have minded having a few more meets.

As a result, George wasn’t able to show any improvement from the 2013 season when she was a freshman playing softball and running track during the spring.

“My best last year was a 15-2,” she said, adding that a lack of a good preseason and regular-season action hurt “a lot.”

George, who plays volleyball in the fall and basketball in the winter, will look forward to a strong softball and track season in 2015.

“Next year, I hope I get back to my 15s,” George said, adding that both mental and physical aspects will play a key role in reaching her goal.

George was also in the 4x100 relay last weekend.

“We actually improved a lot since the first time,” said George, who was the anchor. “Our best time has been one minute.”