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Kaliyah Brown competes on the vault in the regular season finale against New Palestine and Fishers. Brown will participate in today’s regional at Columbus East, competing in that event.

A Shelbyville freshman will compete for the chance to advance to next week’s state finals meet in Muncie this weekend.

Kaliyah Brown, who has enjoyed a successful first year competing in high school gymnastics, will be competing in the Columbus East Regional at 1 p.m. today in the vault.

Brown qualified by finishing third in the New Castle Sectional last weekend.

She scored 9.150 points, behind Richmond’s Elizabeth Ruger, a junior, and New Castle senior Samantha Ward.

Morristown’s Oakleigh Goedde nearly earned a spot in the regional, tying for seventh in the sectional. The top-six finish in each event.

Brown will be facing some tough competition today, with the Columbus East sectional qualifiers competing with the gymnasts coming out of New Castle.

Franklin Central freshman Austyn Dykes won the Columbus East Sectional, scoring 9.600 points. Ruger and Ward had the next-highest scores among those who advanced, followed by Columbus North junior Emily Moore (9.450), Martinsville junior Phoenix Woodard (9.400), Martinsville freshman Gabrielle Grubb (9.325), Bloomington North sophomore Hope Taylor (9.300) and Martinsville sophomore Lillianne Boyd (9.275).

Richmond juniors Aubrey Uhte (8.900) and Kinsey Bosell (8.750) and New Palestine junior Emma Poag (8.750) also qualified.

Brown won the vault event six times during the course of the season. She was a member of a young Shelbyville gymnastics team that had mostly freshmen competing.

She also won the all-around five times, the bars three times, the floor twice and the beam once.