Jazilee Williams has made the leap to the next level.
The senior on the Centennial High School girls track and field team finished second in the high jump on the first day of competition in the Division I regional meet May 24 at Pickerington North.
She qualified for the state meet, which is Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3, at Ohio State. The girls high jump is on the second day.
At regional, the top four finishers in each event advanced to state. Williams was runner-up with an effort of 5 feet, 4 inches.
“(Boys coach Darrin Green) coaches jumps and I know those two have worked really hard on her steps these past few weeks,” girls coach Brittni White said. “It obviously paid off. I’m so excited for Jaz.
“I was preparing our runners for their (preliminary heats) and she came running over and said, ‘Guess who’s going to state? I am. I am.’ She set the school record with a 5-5 last year, but has had trouble matching that so far this season. She has one more chance and it’ll be on the biggest of stages.”
Olivia Turner competed for Centennial in the 800 meters May 26.
On May 24, the Stars failed to reach the May 26 finals in their
two other events. Ruby Greenwood was 11th in the 200 (26.14 seconds) and the 400 relay of Kamika Smith, Lauryn Boudreaux, Oreoluwa Obayemi and Greenwood was 10th (50.12).
“I thought the girls would be down after not qualifying (for state), but they were fine with it because they went further this year than they have in past years,” White said.
plays for City title
The City League championship softball game was suspended during the second inning May 25 when host Eastmoor Academy had a 9-0 lead over Centennial and was still batting with two outs. The game was to resume May 26 with the teams picking up where they left off.
The three-time defending champion Stars were in a deep hole when the game resumed. Sprinkles began in the top of the second in a scoreless contest and became heavier and steady during the bottom of the second.
After four consecutive singles, two stolen bases and a Centennial error, the Warriors led 2-0 when the rain picked up. Two walks and a hit batter followed. Then there was another error, a double, a sacrifice fly and another hit batter before the umpires halted play.