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Shelby Himes

As a co-owner of nationally recognized sports store, Shelby began his officiating career in the 1920's. In 1931 he was asked to help organize and start the Urbana Relays. Shelby would be their only starter for the next 27 years. His reputation would keep him busy at both the high school and collegiate levels until his retirement. In 1938 Mr. Himes was asked to start the State Track meet and would continue in that position for the next 19 years. In 1954, his role was expanded to include the role of Referee. In 1959, citing health reasons, he ended his State officiating career after 21 consecutive years as State Starter and a total of 8 years starting the State Cross Country meet.