The Centennial High School boys and girls track and field teams both had athletes qualify for the Division I regional meet, which began May 23 and concludes Friday, May 25, at Pickerington North.
Senior Ruby Greenwood advanced in the 200 meters and 400 for the girls, while senior Coreion Watts (400) and sophomore Kelvin Gilliam (discus) advanced for the boys.
The top four finishers in each event move on to the state meet June 1 and 2 at Ohio State.
Competing in the district 2 meet that concluded May 19 at Hilliard Darby, Greenwood finished third in the 400 (58.03 seconds) and fourth in the 200 (27.45). The top four in each event qualified for regional.
"Ruby was really excited," coach Brittni White said. "This is a chance to represent the whole team and school and this is just her second season competing (in track). She has put so much hard work into the past two seasons. This is the reward she deserves."
Not everything was perfect for Greenwood at district. Competing in the long jump May 15, she fouled in all three attempts.
"She was very disappointed, although this was her first season in the long jump," White said. "I actually didn't think her second attempt was a foul, but (the official) said it was. She tried to change her steps, but that just messed her mind up some. All of her jumps were pretty good."
Greenwood put that aside the next day and won her heat in the 400 preliminaries.
"That gave her the confidence she needed to make it to regionals," White said. "In the 400 finals, she ran well and worked really hard on the turn and straightaway. She had just a short break before the 200 and she started that one slow but overcame that to work her way up in there to be a double individual regional qualifier."
Also scoring for the girls team was senior Olivia Turner, who placed sixth in the 1,600 (5:35.01). She also was 10th in the 800 (2:30.46).
"I thought we'd have a chance in a few other events, but our (1,600 relay) struggled," White said. "We had a (time of 4:14.82 coming in) and went 4:21.36 (to place 10th). But overall, I was pleased with the girls and the way they worked and performed."
The girls finished 10th (14) of 16 teams behind champion Gahanna (164).
Gilliam placed third in the discus (140 feet, 9 inches) and Watts was fourth in the 400 (51.6) for the boys team, which placed 12th (15) behind champion Olentangy Orange (133) in the 14-team district 3 meet.
The 400 relay of Luchene Davis, Kamryn Simpson, Jordan Walker and Chemlahyah Yisrael was seventh (44.79), the 800 relay of Watts, Yisrael, Davis and Simpson was eighth (1:33.75) and the 1,600 relay of Yisrael, Davis, Watts and Walker was eighth (3:41.98).
Softball team plays for City title
The softball team played host to Eastmoor Academy in the City League championship game May 21.
The Stars, who were 15-7 overall, defeated East 12-0 in a makeup game May 14 to finish 13-1 in the City-North Division and share the title with Whetstone. The Stars then beat the Braves 12-5 in a playoff game May 16 to determine which team would play in the City final.
Gwen Moran struck out 12 Whetstone batters and Elise Fallon singled, doubled, tripled and drove in two runs. Jordan Fischer was 3-for-3 with three RBI and Ikera Ike singled, doubled and had two RBI. Izabell Segovia was 3-for-4.
"We hit the ball pretty well and consistently put it in play," coach Malik Dean said. "Our goal going in was to not let them have a big inning and we were able to do that. Gwen pitched her butt off, even though (Whetstone) got eight hits. I'm very proud of the girls for being able to get back into the championship game and now we've got to finish it off."
The Stars lost to Eastmoor 13-5 in the championship game last season.
Baseball team finishes with winning record
The baseball team is excited for next season, as the Stars expect to return some solid pieces after finishing 13-12 overall.
Centennial finished 10-2 in the City-North after beating East 22-0 in a makeup game May 14. The Stars were second in the league behind Whetstone (11-1), which went on to win its seventh consecutive City championship.
The Stars split with the Braves, losing 11-4 on April 18 and winning 5-0 on May 3.
"That was a good win for us," coach Pat Nance said. "We split with them last year, too. Hopefully we can take them twice next year."
The 15th-seeded Stars beat 18th-seeded Caledonia River Valley 7-5 in the first round of the Division II district tournament May 8 at home and lost at third-seeded Lakewood 14-0 in five innings in the second round May 10.
The Stars lose five seniors in Nigel Harris (CF), Peyton Hathaway (3B), Anthony Jones (OF), Shaan Morales (SS) and Tanner Radford (C).
Morales batted .432 with 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 29 runs scored and 25 RBI. Radford batted .329 with 28 runs and 18 RBI, and Harris batted .322 with 21 runs and 17 RBI. Hathaway batted .289.
Harris, Morales and Radford all were named second-team all-league, and Morales and Radford also were second-team all-district. Hathaway was honorable mention all-district and all-league.
Among the expected returnees are juniors Logan Baldogo (2B/P), Myles Martinez (P/1B), Evan Teeters (OF/DH) and Cameron Vasquez (LF/P), sophomore A.J. Grumbling (1B) and freshmen C.J. Dean (INF/P) and Nate Dorinsky (OF).
Martinez, who has committed to Ohio Dominican, batted .333 with six doubles, 15 runs and 25 RBI. The left-hander also was 3-1 with a 1.81 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings in limited action because of a nagging injury.
Vasquez had a 2.93 ERA in 28 2/3 innings.
Martinez was first-team all-league and Vasquez was second-team all-league.
Dean batted .324 with 17 runs, Dorinsky hit .286 with 15 RBI and Baldogo hit .273 with 18 runs and 15 RBI.
"We had a pretty good season and we have a lot of young guys that I'm excited about coming back, so if we get Myles healthy next year, things are looking good," Nance said. "We've got some pieces."
Season ends for girls lacrosse team
The 16th-seeded girls lacrosse team lost at top-seeded DeSales 21-0 in the first round of the Division II, Region 7 tournament May 16 to finish 2-17.
Both wins were over Whetstone's first-year program. The Stars beat the Braves 15-0 on April 23 and 12-1 on May 2.
Goalkeeper Kaisa Ilmari was the team's lone senior.
Among the expected returnees are juniors Kwaniesha Broomfield (defender), Tonesty Burt (midfielder), Alexis Cox (defender), Lena Dwidari (defender), Marlene Fischer (attacker), Jessica Ho (attacker), Arabella Hoffman (midfielder) and Malikah Payne (defender), sophomores Rhian Jones (attacker), Lyla Mayner (attacker) and Katherine Selbe (midfielder) and freshmen Trinity Brown (defender), Anamaria Monterroso-Jimenez (midfielder), Bella Moore (attacker) and Elena Rehg (attacker).