Led by senior Jazilee Williams and junior Ruby Greenwood, the Centennial High School track and field program is preparing for the Division I, district 3 meet at Hilliard Darby.
The boys and girls will compete in field events Wednesday, May 17. Running event preliminaries are May 18 and running finals are May 20. The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional May 24 and 26 at Pickerington North.
In a tune-up for the City League meet May 8 and 10 at Africentric, Williams finished second in the 100-meter hurdles (16.48 seconds) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (51.18) in the Westerville Central Invitational on May 5 at Otterbein. She also was in last week's area honor roll in the high jump (5 feet, 2 inches).
"Jazilee started well and we've adjusted her steps in the high jump and she's starting to get better marks now," coach Brittni White said. "We've let her focus on those individual events. I love her in the (800 relay), so we'll have to see how we want to arrange our lineup. That'll be the key coming out of the City (meet)."
Greenwood was in the area honor roll in the 100 (12.66), but did not compete in that event in the Westerville Central Invitational, where she finished first in the 200 (26.28).
"The funny thing with that is that I like her in the 100, but she loves the 200," White said. "So I let her run the 200 and she nailed it. So again, we'll have to see how things go. She's in the (400 relay) and the (800 relay), too.
"Our (400 relay) is really strong. Ruby, Oreoluwa Obayemi, Lauryn Boudreaux and Kamika Smith have pretty much been in both of those relays all year. But Jazilee could easily work in there in the (800 relay). ...
"We've got a lot of girls who I think can qualify for regional, and it's time for them to take that next step and get it done. It's our job to put them in the position to get there."
Another competitor who has impressed White is junior Olivia Turner, who made the honor roll in the 800 (2:25.7).
"Olivia is getting a lot stronger and is running well in the 800 and 1,600," White said. "She is really blossoming and I'm excited to see how well she does. I reminded all of the girls that we treated all the regular-season meets as homework and the tests are about to begin now."
Leading the boys team are senior Xavier Slaughter and sophomore Chris Street. Slaughter had a season-best 2:01.69 in the 800 and Street had a season-best 20-3 3/4 in the long jump, both of which made the area honor roll.
Also making the list were the 400 relay of Kamryn Simpson, Coreion Watts, Chris Street and Brian Lindsey (44.52) and the 800 relay of Street, Simpson, Chemlahyah Yisrael and Tyree Sutton (1:34.03).
Boys tennis team
falls in league final
The boys tennis team came up short in the City final, losing 3-2 to West on May 1 at Africentric.
The Stars, who represented the City-North Division, won at third singles and second doubles. Spencer Newkirk won 6-2, 6-3 and Tyrell Davis and Preston Newkirk rallied to win 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.
Jack Jones lost at first singles 6-3, 6-0 and Kitanno Watkins fell 6-4, 6-0 at second singles. Dhrough Patel and Sam Ferrell lost 6-3, 6-2 at first doubles.
The Stars will compete in a Division II sectional Thursday, May 11, and Saturday, May 13, at Columbus School for Girls. The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district May 18 at Hilliard Davidson and May 20 at Upper Arlington.
Jones, Watkins and Spencer Newkirk will play singles. Playing doubles are the teams of Patel and Ferrell and Preston Newkirk and Davis.
Softball team still
seeking league title
The softball team put its City-North title hopes on hold, as a May 4 game at Whetstone was postponed because of bad weather and tentatively rescheduled for Monday, May 15.
The Stars were 12-0 in the league and Whetstone was 11-1 entering the week. Centennial beat the Braves 10-9 on April 10. Both also have one other league game to make up against International.
The Stars beat East 11-0 and 12-0 on May 2 and Linden-McKinley 17-2 on May 3 to improve to 13-3 overall entering a May 8 game against 36th-seeded Canal Winchester in the first round of the Division I district tournament. Centennial was seeded 30th.
The winner played at fourth-seeded Gahanna in the second round May 10. That winner plays 13th-seeded Westerville Central, 20th-seeded Westerville North or 32nd-seeded Whetstone in a district semifinal Monday, May 15, at a neutral site to be determined.
The district final is May 19 or 20 at Pickerington Central.
Baseball team opens
The baseball team played 22nd-seeded South in the first round of the Division II district tournament May 9, with the winner playing at second-seeded Lakewood in the second round Thursday, May 11.
The 16th-seeded Stars did not play the Lancers in the regular season. The winner advances to a district semifinal Tuesday, May 16, against fourth-seeded Bloom-Carroll, 12th-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek or 17th-seeded Buckeye Valley at a neutral site to be determined.
The district final is May 18 at a neutral site to be determined.
Centennial was 9-10 overall after beating Fairbanks 6-5 on May 2 and Linden 21-2 on May 3 and losing to Watterson 10-0 on May 6.
A May 4 game at Whetstone was postponed because of bad weather and tentatively rescheduled for Monday, May 15. The Stars were 8-2 in the City-North entering the week and also have a makeup game with East.
Whetstone was 10-1 in the league. The Stars lost to the Braves 6-0 on April 10.
Girls lacrosse team
to begin postseason
The girls lacrosse team will open the Division II, Region 7 tournament Saturday, May 13, or Wednesday, May 17.
The tournament draw was announced May 8.
The Stars, a second-year program, are 0-12.
Girls basketball coach
heading to Whitehall
Darrin Green, who guided the girls basketball team to six consecutive winning seasons, will take over the girls program at Whitehall, pending school board approval.
Green, 31, led Centennial to a Division II district title in 2014, the program's first. The Stars went 100-42 overall and 73-11 in the City-North in his six seasons, sharing the regular-season league title with Northland in 2015 and 2016.
Green also is in his third season as boys track coach at Centennial. He said he will remain in that position.