Devin Mockobee considered one of Boonville’s top multi-sport athletes
BOONVILLE, Ind. – If anyone needed further proof that Devin Mockobee is a once-in-a-generation athlete, consider that he broke Boonville’s 110-meter hurdles school record in his first track meet of the season, coming out of quarantine.
It is well documented that Mockobee is also a record-breaking Naval Academy football player and a member of the Pioneers basketball team.
He was clocked in 14:45 setting a record in the 110 tops at a triangle meet with Gibson Southern and Forest Park last Thursday in Boonville, beating the old school mark of 14.50, set by Craig Sauceda in 1989 .
“I didn’t even know I was close to the 110 record,” Mockobee said. “I had a decent time of 15.2 as my last PR of my sophomore year and of course we didn’t have last year’s season (due to COVID-19) so I had nothing to look forward to this year.”
It was his first track meet in two seasons and he was super fresh, Boonville coach Sam Schnur said.
“I think he was really ready to do his thing,” Schnur said. “Missing last season was so disappointing and everyone was looking forward to getting back to competition.”
Entering the competition, Mockobee thought he might have had a better chance of breaking the school long jump record of 23 feet 5 inches, set by the late Dylan Barnes in 1991. Mockobee’s best jump is 22-9, drawn his sophomore year. The best of this year is 22-1.
“I was actually aiming for the long jump record more because I never thought I’d even have a chance at the 100,” Mockobee said. “It was actually supposed to be a pretty easy encounter because it’s the first encounter I’ve been able to attend this year.”
He qualified for the central regional competition two years ago in the 110 summits after placing second in the central section. He was ranked second in the long jump at the section, but was hampered by lingering injuries late in the season and did not advance.
Mockobee is considered Boonville’s top male multi-sport athlete in recent memory.
“A lot of times you’ll have an athlete who shines in an area or a sport, but Devin has really proven to be a force in so many ways,” Schnur said. “He had a crazy senior campaign in football and is now set to have a stellar track season. Few people can compare stats with him in one sport, let alone two.
Mockobee set the school record in 110 highs on his first day back from quarantine since testing positive for COVID just after spring break.
“So I certainly wasn’t expecting record time,” he said. “My goals are to try that long jump record since it was eight inches in sophomore as well as the 300 hurdles since I was less than a second away.
“But the main goal is to qualify and get on the podium. That’s been the goal since the first year.”
James Greenlee holds the school record in the low 300 of 40.13, set in 2009.
“Yeah, we actually thought the 300m was going to be his best event,” Schnur said.
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Schnur said Mockobee, who has yet to run the 300 lows this season, needs to clean up his form a bit, but that’s just “super-critical.”
“Devin is looking more explosive in his long jump and hopefully he can progress as well,” Schnur said. “He’s going in the right direction and he just needs to stay focused on the end goal.”
In January, Mockobee started the Blue-Grey All-America Bowl high school football game in Arlington, Texas. His prep numbers at Boonville were staggering, even though the Pioneers only played eight games. Mockobee still finished fifth in the state with 1,820 rushing yards on 189 carries, averaging 9.6 per carry. He finished with 27 touchdowns, including 24 on the ground.
He also takes the track very seriously, hoping to make it to the state in several events.
“I always had in mind that if nothing had happened to my football recruiting, I definitely would have been on track in college,” Mockobee said.
If he wasn’t going to play college football, he would be an immediate contributor to any athletic program, Schnur added.
Schnur was asked which other athlete in Boonville history is even comparable to Mockobee.
“Not a lot; he’s definitely one of a small group of elite athletes,” Schnur said. “Several people have moved up to D1 and competed/placed at the state level in various sports. I think doing that this year would solidify him as one of the greatest athletes to come through Boonville.”
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