Strong start for Baldwin track teams

BALDWIN — Baldwin's track team got off to an impressive start in its first two meets of the season last week.

The Panthers opened the season April 18 in a West Michigan D League meet at Brethren.

For the girls, Alex Torres was first in the 100-meter dash at 14 seconds and was third in the 200-meter dash at 29.83 seconds.

For the boys, Andon Ware was first in the discus with a throw of 110-9 and second in the 100-meter dash at 12.3 seconds, Karlos Perez was second in the high jump at 5-10 and third in the long jump at 19-9. He took sixth in the 100 dash at 12.7 seconds. Martel Forest was second in the long jump at 19-11 ¾ and was third in the 100 dash in 12.5 seconds.

Baldwin also won the 800-meter relay (Ware, Crysler, Tremaine Buck and Martel Forest) in 1:43 and was second in the 400-meter relay (Forest, Perez, Buck, Ware) at 48.7 seconds. Tremaine Buck was fifth in the 200-meter dash in 25.6 seconds.

“With the weather conditions, they did pretty well,” said Baldwin coach Abe Williams. “With the rain, hail, snow and cold, I thought they did pretty well. We had three guys in the 100. Tremaine Buck being a freshman, I think he really stepped up.”

At the Mesick Invitational on Friday, Baldwin scored 35 points for the boys and finished sixth among 10 teams.

Ware was fifth in the discus at 103-5. Perez took third in the high jump at 5-6. Martel Forest won the long jump at 18-3 ¼, while Perez was second at 18-3.

“I didn't get a chance to have Andon jump, so when we go to regionals, we may have three guys (in the long jump) qualify,” Williams said.

Ware took second in the 100-meter dash at 11.7. Baldwin was sixth in the 400-meter relay in 49.7 with the foursome of Forest, Perez, Tremaine Buck and Ware.

Perez is also playing baseball.

Alex Torres was fifth in the long jump at 14-8 for the girls and sixth in the 100-meter dash at 14.0. She was also sixth in the 200-meter dash at 29.8.

“She looked pretty good, the weather made it tough,” said Williams.

Overall for the Panthers, “it shows we're versatile and can move around,” Williams said. “We want to to get ready for state and get as many medals as possible. It shows our program is working out. The kids are working hard. The offseason program is paying off.”

The Panthers competed at Onekama on Wednesday in a conference jamboree and are at Custer-Mason County Eastern on Friday.