Fairbury has strong showing at district track in Beatrice Thursday

Fairbury has strong showing at district track in Beatrice Thursday
Fairbury's Sara Huss rounds turn 3 in the 400 meter dash at Thursday's B-3 district track meet in Beatrice. Huss edged Beatrice's Veronica Pinkerton by .38 seconds.

BEATRICE – The Fairbury girls’ track team placed third overall in the District B-3 track and field meet at Beatrice High School Thursday.

The Jeffs scored 58 points in all, while Crete was right behind in fourth with 57.

Junior Sara Huss will represent Fairbury in multiple events at the state track meet for the second year in a row.

Huss took first in the 400-meter dash (1:00.94) and discus (139 feet). She was also the first leg in the state-qualifying 1600 meter relay, which came home second (4:19.74). Cora DeBoer, Mikwena and Mikasa Lierman are the other members of that relay.

“I couldn’t be any more happy and proud of my teammates,” Huss said. “We started in 5th, and we were going to have to run better than what we normally do, and better than at any time this year.”

Huss was also an additional qualifier in the 200 meter dash, placing fifth (27.11).

Fairbury’s 4×400 relay made state last year as well, placing 13th overall (4:19.46). Huss, Mikewna Lierman and DeBoer were on that team.

Huss is also a returning state qualifier in the 400 and discus, where she placed eighth with a throw of 124 feet – 1 inch at the 2018 state meet.

“Running at Burke for the first time is really crazy and insane,” Huss said. “It’s loud, there’s so many people. It’s really nerve wracking the first time, but once you run (the track) a few times, you’re like, ‘Oh, it’s not that bad. You’ll be fine.’ You can relax a little bit more. Just run your race, and do your best. That’s all you can do when you’re at Burke.”

Elsewhere, Fairbury’s Ellie Ohlde qualified for state in pole vault, clearing 9 feet-6 inches. That height is also a new school record.

“(Coach Matt) Edson wants me to hit 9-6,” Ohlde said. “Maybe, I’ll have a chance at medaling. So, that’s the goal.”

Ohlde qualified for state in pole vault last year, where she cleared 8 feet-6 inches to tie for 18th overall.

The Fairbury girls’ 4×800 meter relay also qualified for state with a time of 10:31. That team includes Mikwena and Mikasa Lierman, Ohlde and Josephine Blatny.

The Fairbury boys, meanwhile, placed 7th as a team with 19 points. Brock Beed was the first state qualifier for coach Derek Garfield. He cleared 12 feet to place third in pole vault. That height was a new PR for him.

“(Brock) has steadily improved all year long,” Garfield said. “We’ve seen it coming. He’s gone over 12-6 in practice pretty regularly. So, we knew he had it. His hard work paid off. It was fun to watch.”

Later on in track events, Dillon Weichel placed second in the 300-meter hurdles to qualify for state. He was just .04 seconds behind Waverly’s Alex Murray.

The Nebraska State Track Meet is slated for May 17-18. News Channel Nebraska will have full coverage of the running events. Read more about that here.

See full results from Thursday’s B-3 district track meet here.

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