Local Sports

Rooks breaks school record at state long jump competition

Motivation and adrenaline put Southwestern sophomore Lilly Rooks on to the school record board.


Competing in the IHSAA State Track and Field Meet Saturday at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Rooks took down the oldest girls track and field record at Southwestern with a personal-best attempt of 17 feet, 6.75 inches in the long jump.


That eclipsed the old record of 17-4 set in 1983 by Jeananna Gore.


Rooks entered the event off a regional best 17-3.25. Her new personal best helped her finish 13th at the state meet where she was seeded 20th.


Zionsville junior Michelle Nazarov won the long jump state title with a best attempt of 19-0.


On Friday at the IHSAA Boys State Track and Field Meet, also held at Ben Davis High School, Waldron senior Tyler Bowlby closed out his career with a 10th place finish in the long jump.


Bowlby set a new personal record on his first attempt, soaring 21-10. He nearly matched that in the championship flight with a distance of 21-9.25.


Bowlby did not automatically qualify for the state finals in regional competition but was added to the field and seeded 23rd.


Boonville senior Devin Mockobee won the state title at 23-3.75.