Middle school track team have strong spring season

BALDWIN — Jenna Johnson has been having a strong middle school track season for Baldwin’s track and field team.

She won the 100 and 200 and long jump “convincingly,” athletic director Shawn Williams said at a meet last Thursday at Muskegon Heights. She will be in high school next season.

Johnson also plays basketball and volleyball.

“She’s a great all-around athlete,” Williams said. “She loves to compete.”

At the same meet, Isiah Williams won the 200 meters for Baldwin and came in second by one-tenth of a second in the 100. He also won the long jump.

“All our kids did good,” Williams said. “Brad Taylor, Cory Higbie, Darren Thomas, Isiah Williams, Isiah Defreeze, Dexter Hostler and Jenna Johnson all did well.”

Williams is encouraged by the athletes coming up from the middle school.

“It’s a smaller bunch but they’re very athletic and very astute athletes,” Willaims said. “The future of the program is promising.”

Teresa Lewis has been coach of the team which had its conference meet earlier this week.

“Springtime is hard because you have so much going on with the end of school and you’ve got your studies, trips and the weather turns around,” Williams said. “We’ll stay focused and end this year on a positive and good note.”

Williams also said a new scoreboard will be put in at the Baldwin baseball diamond with funding from the Lake County Foundation, with proceeds coming from a $10,000 grant. He anticipated the scoreboard will be in left field so it was visible for all spectators.

He added two athletes are going to Olivet College for sports. Damon Nichols will play football and Demetrius Kane is considering walking on for football and track.

Summer activities also are being planned.

“We’ll have the gym open and get our kids on a weightlifting program,” Williams said. “It will be a short summer with starting school the second week in August. We’ll focus on getting our kids prepared.”