The Centennial High School boys and girls track and field teams both placed fourth in the seven-team Russ Owen Bexley Relays on April 21, and both had shorter rosters because students were still on spring break.
Chris Street won the long jump (19 feet, 1 3/4 inches) and joined Coreion Watts, Deiontay Bowie and Brian Lindsey to finish first in the 1,600-meter relay (3 minutes, 42.5 seconds). Those efforts helped the boys score 53.5 points as Bexley (103) won.
Watts, Street, Lindsey and Kamryn Simpson finished second in the 400 relay (46.0), and Kaleb Turner, Devontay Bowie, Xavier Slaughter and Simpson were second in the distance medley relay (8:40.5).
The lap medley relay of Slaughter, Turner, Jeremiah Upchurch and Caleb Spurgeon was third (13:07).
Kelvin Gilliam was fourth in the discus (115-8) and tied for fourth in the high jump (5-3).
"I'm pleased with what we were able to do despite missing some kids," coach Darrin Green said. "I think when we get all the pieces back, we're going to make a real strong statement in the City League. We're moving forward and we're positive that we're going to turn some heads. We've got a good group of kids."
The girls were led by Jazilee Williams, who won the high jump (5-2) and joined Kamika Smith, Ruby Greenwood and Lauryn Boudreaux to win the 800 relay (1:48.9). The Stars (32.5) finished behind champion Watterson (105).
The 1,600 relay of Lucy Bednar-Warren, Paris French, Olivia Turner and Ishiah Cooper was second (4:32.6), the 400 relay of Bednar-Warren, Naa Drumo-Korley, Sky Harris and Rian Kelly was fourth (55.3) and Lavaudia Davis was fifth in the shot put (29-6).
"I'm proud of the girls because they stepped up and competed in new events to fill spots where we were missing some girls due to injuries and spring break," coach Brittni White said. "A lot of the girls that were here were competing in some events for the first time. The only bad news was that our sprint medley relay was disqualified, but other than that I was really happy."
Both teams competed in the Braves Invitational on April 26 at Whetstone. Their next event is the High School Invitational on May 5 at Otterbein.
Baseball team ready
to get back to work
Also shorthanded over spring break, the baseball team lost to London 12-1 on April 18 and Grove City Christian 1-0 on April 20.
The Stars were 5-8 overall and 5-1 in the City-North Division before playing Northland on April 24.
"It's time to get back at it now that the break is over and try to make a run at winning the City-North title," coach Pat Nance said.
Against Grove City Christian, Jackson Rudoff took the loss despite allowing only five hits in a complete-game effort. The Stars managed only four hits.
"Our junior catcher, Tanner Radford, had an emergency appendectomy over the break and he hits third in our order," Nance said. "We were also missing our No. 2 and No. 4 hitters, who were out of town, so we had to scramble our lineup and batting order.
"But to this point in the season, Jackson has been pitching very well. We're also getting strong pitching and hitting from Shaan Morales and James Boyer. Our leading hitter has been Stephen Leach."
returns to action
The softball team did not play between April 13 and 24 and will have a busy few weeks to end the regular season.
The Stars also will be looking to stay perfect in the City-North ahead of a May 4 game at Whetstone. Centennial was 7-1 overall and 6-0 in the league before games April 24, 25 and 26 against Northland, Linden-McKinley and Mifflin. Whetstone was 6-1 in the league entering this week, with the loss being 10-9 to Centennial on April 10.
Beginning April 24, Centennial had 14 games scheduled in a 15-day stretch.