XC battles state course, strong competition

Monday September 24th, the Fairbury varsity cross country team traveled to the University of Kearney’s course to compete. The girls team finished 10th out of 23 class C teams. The boys team came in 24th out of the 29 class C teams.

“The competition is incredible,” head coach Kristi Peterson said. “There were 290 boys and 176 girls in the Class C race which is by far the largest meet of the year to date.”

For the girls, Josephine Blatny ’20 was the top finisher at 15th. Blatny ran her “All time best time” on Monday. Mikwena Lierman ’21 was next at 52nd,  Alissa York ’22 came finished at 59th, Kacy Starck ’21 came in at 80th and Autumn Branson ’19 was 86th.  York also ran her “All time best time.” Starck and Branson ran their best times of the year.


Braden Graham ’19 leads a pack at the UNK Cross Country Invite. Photo by J. Blatny

“The course will always be one of my favorites during the season just because it has always been a fun one to run on,” Braden Graham ’19 said. “It was a good time for my last meet there.”

The boys top finisher was Jared Engelman ’19 at 86th place, Engelman ran his best time of the year. Devin Holliday ’19 was next at 117th place, he also ran his best time of the year. Isaac Robertson ’19 finished 125th, Braden Graham ’19 was next at 138th then Dylan Starr ’21 finished at 196th.

“This meet is beneficial for those who plan to qualify for the state meet,” Coach Peterson said. “It is always an advantage to see what the course is like prior to running it.”