SEWARD, NE – The Fairbury girls’ track and field team opened the 2019 season with a bang Thursday, taking first at the Concordia University Indoor Track and Field Invite.
The Lady Jeffs took first with 114 total team points. Seward came in second with 99, while Omaha Skutt Catholic had 87 in third.
In total, Fairbury came away with first place medals in eight different events.
The girls’ 4×400 and 4×800 relay both took first place. The 4×4 clocked in at 4:32.61, edging Blair by .02 seconds.
The 4×8 meanwhile won with a time of 11:16.00, nearly 30 seconds ahead of second-place Skutt.
400 meter dash
Sara Huss took first (1:03.39), while Cora DeBoer took second (108.78).
Izze Schwab took first with a new PR of 35′ 11″, while Jessa Eden finished fourth (31′ 11″).
Eden, a two-time state medalist in discus, signed her letter of intent last week to be a thrower at Hastings College next year.
Claire Shumard took first in the event, and tied the Fairbury school record Thursday with a vault of 9′ 1″.
Ellie Ohlde placed second, with a vault of 8′ 7″.
Mikwena Lierman took first with a leap of 33′ 7″. Alissa York finished 5th (31′ – a new PR) and Joy Ondrak took 6th (30′ 10.5″ – new PR).
Mikasa Lierman, a senior, took first (2:40.82), while Mikwena, her younger sister and a sophomore, placed 5th (2:45.12).
Also worth noting, Mallonee Biehl PR’d in the 800 with a time of 3:01.33.
Sara Huss took first in the event with a time of 28.21. That time was also a new PR.
Janessa Swanda placed 3rd (10.47).
Kacy Starck took 6th (6:50.74).
**Notes from the Fairbury boys team**
The Jeffs placed 5th overall as a team with 51 total points. Blair won the meet with 103. Fairbury had medalists in six different events.
Isaac Robertson PR’d with a jump of 40′ 2″. That was enough to earn him a silver medal in the event.
Robertson also took 6th in the long jump (18′ 11″).
Dylan Starr also PR’d at 5′ 10″, taking second.
Dalton Buxton finished second with a throw of 45′ 1.5″. That throw was also a new PR.
Dylan Weichel PR’d and took gold with a time of 8.94. Alex Buxton also set a new PR in the event, and came home 6th (9.86).
Brock Beed PR’d and took 3rd at the meet (10′ 7″). Payton Firmanik came in 4th (9′ 1″).
The 4×400 relay team finished the day 6th (4.11.72), while the 4×800 took 5th (9.49.03).
Fairbury next competes in the Thayer Central invite on Tuesday. The meet gets underway at 11 a.m.
— Lady Jeffs Track (@Ladyjeffstrack) March 15, 2019
Very proud of our track kiddos today! It’s been less than perfect practice conditions this track season but our kids didn’t let that bother them. Lots of great performances at Concordia today! Great start to the season!! It’s going to be a fun year! Good work Jeffs! #proudcoach
— JeffsWrestling (@DerekGarfield) March 15, 2019
— Lady Jeffs Track (@Ladyjeffstrack) March 14, 2019
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