Heavy rain and lightning delayed the Fairbury Jeffs Track Team from competing in a Thayer Central Meet. The meet on Thursday, March 28 was eventually able to begin after a delay.
The team waited out the severe weather in a nearby gymnasium. How the Jeffs chose to entertain themselves varied from person to person. Isaac Robertson ’19 tried to avoid boredom in any way he could.
“I sat in the bleachers in the gym and talked a lot with my friends,” Robertson said. “I ate a lot of food because there wasn’t a lot else to do, but I enjoyed watching the Fairbury kids play volleyball on the court.”
The weather did not just affect the starting time of the meet. The rain and cool temperatures never completely disappeared. All participants had to adjust in an attempt to continue to perform well.
“I think the cold and wet conditions hindered everyone’s performance,” Robertson said. “However, you have to look past it and go out there and do the best you can.”
Medalists emerged despite the conditions. Highlighting the event was the Girls 4×800 (5th), Girls 4×400 (1st), Boys 4×100 (1st), and the Boys 4×400 (6th). Individual medalists that placed in the top three of their events included Janessa Swanda ’19 (2nd – 100 Hurdles), Sara Huss ’20 (1st – 400 Dash, 3rd – Discus), Mikasa Lierman ’19 (2nd – 800), Josephine Blatny ’20 (2nd – 3200, 3rd – 1600), Claire Shumard ’20 (2nd – Pole Vault), Ellie Ohlde ’21 (3rd – Pole Vault), Jessa Eden ’19 (2nd – Discus), Mikwena Lierman ’21 (1st – Triple Jump), Dillon Weichel ’19 (2nd – 110 Hurdles), Isaac Robertson ’19 (1st – Triple Jump), and Dylan Starr ’21 (1st – High Jump). Overall, the girls took home a victory while the boys received
fourth, their best finish of the season.
“I was really happy with my performance in the 4×4,” Mikwena Lierman ’21 said. “I have never been the starting leg of that relay but I got the time I was looking for. Our [The Fairbury Jeffs Girls Track Team’s] goal at the beginning of the season was to win as many meets as we could, and I’m really glad we could add one more championship plaque to the collection.”
The two teams are back in action on Thursday April 11 when they travel to Syracuse.