There's been a new name to remember for followers of central Ohio girls high school track and field this spring.

There's been a new name to remember for followers of central Ohio girls high school track and field this spring.

Sophomore Aaliyah Barnes quickly became one of the area's top sprinters during the regular season for Eastmoor Academy but wasn't able to compete in the City League championships May 9 and 11 at Mifflin because of pain in her sacroiliac joint, also known as the SI joint. The SI joint is in the pelvic region.

Although she did feel some pain during the Division II district meet that concluded May 21 at Hamilton Township, her performance didn't signal that she would be limited heading into the regional meet Thursday, May 26, and Saturday, May 28, at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.

In the final of the 100 meters, Barnes finished in 11.8 seconds to edge Hartley senior Aisha Cavin by .02 of a second. Cavin had the best time in both the preliminaries and semifinal.

Then in the 200, Barnes ran 24.54 to beat Hartley senior Maya Pedersen (25.53).

Barnes did not compete last season because she didn't take the required class amount to be eligible.

"(Beating Cavin) feels good," Barnes said. "My SI joint is messed up, and I'm actually going to therapy for it. I'm just happy I'm able to run. I'm just taking it a track meet at a time and hopefully I can make it to the next round."

The Eastmoor boys team sent a large contingent to regional after winning the 14-team Division II, district 2 meet with 131 points at Hamilton Township. Granville (106) was runner-up.

In the Division III district meet at Gahanna, the Africentric girls team was fifth (46) of 26 teams that scored behind champion Grandview (100.5).

The Nubians' 800 relay of Chelsea Chambers, Amanda Douglas, Kyrah Jones and Brittani Thomas was first in 1:49.97.

"(The 800 relay) was a little shaky at the beginning of the season, but we got it down pat," Chambers said. "We just recently got it together and took six seconds off our (time in preliminaries)."

LACROSSE SUCCESS - The Columbus City Schools club boys lacrosse team closed its second season with a 7-7 record.

The squad opened the Club North Region tournament with a 14-2 victory over Clinton County on May 19 before falling to Delaware 18-4 on May 21.

Seniors D'Angelo Cousar (Horizon Science Academy) and Spencer Kidwell (Centennial) each made first-team all-region. Junior Suding Seiter (Whetstone) and sophomores Ed McGlynn (Whetstone) and Hart Wise (Columbus Academy) made the second team.

Another standout, according to coach J.B. Jones, was senior goalkeeper Brian Tran (Whetstone). The other seniors were Evan Campbell (Whetstone), Nathan Hanes (Centennial) and Carl Palumbo (Westland).

"We had five kids make all-region, which is pretty impressive," Jones said. "That shows that these kids are willing to work hard. Next year I think we'll have some growing pains because we do have some upperclassmen leaving, but I'm happy to get anyone."

IN CITY FINALS - Poor weather continued to push back the City championships in baseball, boys tennis and softball last week.

Centennial won 3-1 on May 23 at Briggs for the City softball title.

The victory gave the Stars a final record of 18-6, while the Bruins finished with a 15-6 record. Briggs has gone 1-7 in City championship games.

"We had lost several seniors and came into the season trying to replace five or six starters," coach Larry Howell said. "A lot of little things here and there worked out. It's been a fun season."

In the City tennis final held May 23 at Woodward Park,Northland beat Centennial 3-2.

During the regular season, the Stars went 12-0 in league play and the Vikings went 11-1. Centennial junior first-singles player Bogdan Cojocari advanced to the Division II district tournament but lost to Wellington's Ian Wagner 6-1, 6-0 in a first-round match May 20 at Columbus Academy.

In baseball, Briggs was expected to play host to Centennial for the City championship May 24.

On May 23, the Stars defeated Whetstone 7-3 in a one-game playoff to determine which team would represent the City-North in the conference final.

Stars coach Scott Kirby believes the wins over Northland and Centennial were beneficial heading into the playoff with the Braves.

"I think we got back on track a little," Kirby said.

"We beat Northland 9-0 and East 26-5, so we're hitting the ball well."