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Waldron's Bowlby, Southwestern's Rooks headed to track and field state finals

A pair of Shelby County athletes will compete Friday and Saturday in the Indiana High School Athletic Association State Track and Field Championships.


Waldron senior Tyler Bowlby, who will graduate Saturday morning, is one of 28 athletes competing Friday at Ben Davis High School, 1200 N. Girls School Road in Indianapolis, in the state long jump competition.


Bowlby, who set a new personal record in the regional competition at 21 feet, seven inches, is seeded 23rd in the event.


Boonville senior Devin Mockobee has the best postseason jump this year at 23-2.5. New Albany junior Ja’raylan Johnson follows at 23-2.25.


The boys long jump competition is slated to start at 3 p.m.


Southwestern sophomore Lilly Rooks qualified for the state long jump event with a leap of 17-3.25 at regional competition.


On Saturday at 3 p.m. at Ben Davis High School, Rooks is seeded 20th out of 27 qualifiers.


She will seek to break Southwestern’s oldest track and field record still on the record board – 17-4 set by Jeanne Gore in 1983.


Zionsville junior Michelle Nazarov is the top seed at 18-8. Six more participants have cleared 18 feet in the postseason, including Lake Central senior LaTreasure Johnson at 18-5.5.


The state track and field meet is traditionally held at Indiana University in Bloomington. Pandemic protocols forced IU to step aside as host for 2021.


Admission to the state track and field meets is $12.