Rain delay does not hinder successful Thayer Central track meet

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.

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Mikwena Lierman ’21 flashes a smile after a 4th place finish in high jump and a victorious triple jump and 4×400. “I believe the only event the rain affected me in was high jump,” Lierman said. “It was really hard to stay warmed up in between jumps.” Photo contributed by: @Ladyjeffstrack on Twitter

“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

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The Fairbury Boys Track Team come together after placing 4th overall, their best so far in 2019. “Moving forward, I think we have the potential to place in the top three at some meets, but it’s going to require us to make the most of every practice and work hard every day,” Isaac Robertson ’19 said. Photo contributed by: @DerekGarfield on Twitter

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.

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The Fairbury Girls Track Team celebrates an overall victory at Thayer Central. Individually, the group had 3 1st place finishes, 6 2nd place finishes, 4 3rd place finishes, 3 4th place finishes, 2 5th place finishes, and 1 6th place finish. Photo contributed by: @Ladyjeffstrack on Twitter