Martel Forest to be heading to state finals

BALDWIN — Martel Forest will be representing Baldwin in the Division 4 track and field state finals next month in Jenison as a result of his second-place performance in regional action on Saturday at Brethren.

Forest covered 19-8 ¼ in the long jump for second place.

“He was one of our top guys today and now he’s going to state,” said Baldwin coach Abe Williams. “He was also in the 800- and 400-meter relays.”

Forest was the only Baldwin athlete to qualify for the state finals but several others scored points including Andon Ware, who covered 18-4 in the long jump for seventh place.

Aaron Thomas placed fifth in the 100-meter dash at 12.06 seconds. The 800-meter relay team of Thomas, Ware, Forest and Darius Forest was third in 1:38.74. The same foursome was third in the 400-meter relay in 47.54 seconds.

Thomas was sixth in the 200-meter dash in 24.76 seconds and Ware eighth in 25.34.

“It’s been a team effort all year,” Williams said.

No one from the Baldwin girls track team placed although the Panthers scored points in two events. Alex Torres was fifth in the long jump at 15-2 ½. The 400-meter relay team of Torres, Brittany Grant, Kristin DeFrece and Nikkita Roberts was eighth in 57.09.

“Alex missed qualifying for state by two inches,” Williams said.

Wednesday, Baldwin will be at Onekama in the final West Michigan D League jamboree of the season.

A week ago, Baldwin competed in another conference jamboree.

Ware was second in the 200 in 24.5 seconds. While Martel Forest was first in the long jump at 19-8 and Ware was second at 18-10. David Crysler was fourth in 18-5. In the 100-meter dash, Thomas was third in 11.88. Darius Forest was fourth in 12.06 and Martel Forest fifth in 12.08 in the 100-meter dash.

In the 300 hurdles, Cory Michalek was fifth in 53.91 seconds. Ware was second in the 200-meter dash in 24.24 seconds, Thomas third in 24.68 and Crysler sixth in 25.93. Cameron Wroblewski was sixth in the 3,200-meter run in 12:05. the 1,600-meter foursome of Wayne Hawkins, Cory Michalek, Crysler and Robert Beebe was fourth in 4:07.

For the Baldwin girls, Ashley Roy was fifth in the discus at 64-10 and fifth in the shot put at 22-8. Alex Torres took second in the long jump at 15-0 and second in the 100 at 13.41.Taking sixth were Shavonne Copeland in the shot put at 1-10 and Brittany Grant in the 100 at 14.53.

The 400-meter relay team of Torres, Grant, Kirsten DeFrece and Nikkita Roberts was third in 57.25. DeFrece was fourth in the 200 at 29.81.

“With all of the work we’ve put in, we’re pleased that it’s starting to pay off,” Williams said.