Tri County’s Creighton Niemeyer came away from Monday’s UNK Invite at the Kearney Country Club as the Class D champion, outpacing Blue Hill’s Kolby Carr by nearly 6 seconds.
Niemeyer ran his fastest time of the season by 17 seconds (16:58.8) and defeated the only runner who had beat him this season in Carr. The senior led the Trojans to a sixth-place finish as a team out of 33 Class D schools taking part in the competition.
Thayer Central was a close third with 88 points, just four points behind runner-up Shelton. Keegan Casey was the first Titan to cross the finish line – the first time he has claimed the honor this season.
He finished in 14th place in the Class D race with a time of 18:10 and Damian Stewart finished a split second behind him to take 15th for Thayer Central.
In the Class C race later in the day, Fairbury’s Jared Engelman clocked the fastest time for the Jeffs (19:41). He placed 86th out of 290 runners in the race that featured 29 teams.
Tri County’s Ella Crawford earned the highest place for all area girls on Monday in Kearney. She took sixth place in a time of 21:10.8 in the Class D race to lead the Trojans to a sixth-place finish as a team out of the 28 school’s that tallied team points in the race. Andie Koch and Savannah Gerlach placed 27th and 28th respectively in the 208-runner race.
Thayer Central’s Sydney Escritt, who was Fairbury Journal-News’ Athlete of the Week on Sept. 26, clocked the second-fastest time out of area girls in Class D (21:54.9), good enough to finish in 21st place. The Lady Titans placed ninth as a team.
For the Lady Jeffs, Josephine Blatny earned a 15th place finish while Mikwena Lierman crossed the finish line in 52nd place. Fairbury ended up in 10th place in the girls division.
Area Team Results
Fairbury Boys – 24th out of 29 teams Class C
Fairbury Girls – 10th out of 23 teams Class C
Thayer Central Boys – 3rd out of 33 teams Class D
Thayer Central Girls – 9th out of 28 teams Class D
Tri County Boys – 6th out of 33 teams Class D
Tri County Girls – 6th out of 28 teams Class D
Area Individual Results
Class C Boys
Place, Name, Time
Fairbury: 86. Jared Engelman, 19:41; 117. Devin Holliday, 20:01.3; 125. Isaac Robertson, 20:13.7; 138. Braden Graham, 20:25.8
Class D Boys
Thayer Central: 14. Keegan Casey, 18:10; 15. Damian Stewart, 18:10; 20. Trey Fischer, 18:16; 41. Dylan Fischer, 18:58.8
Tri County: 1. Creighton Niemeyer, 16:58.8; 38. Evan Larson, 18:55.4; 55. Logan Larson, 19:26.2; 87. Krayten Uher, 19:59.5
Class C Girls
Fairbury: 15. Josephine Blatny, 21:03.8; 52. Mikwena Lierman, 23:00.2; 59. Alissa York, 23:12.3; 80. Kacy Starck, 23:46.5
Class D Girls
Thayer Central: 21. Sydney Escritt, 21:54.9; 48. Alanna Fangmeier, 23:30.5; 65. Kylie Pachta, 24:08.2; 72. Mckenzie Johnson, 24:20.5
Tri County: 6. Ella Crawford, 21:10.8; 27. Andie Koch, 22:19.7; 28. Savannah Gerlach, 22:23.2; 85. Madison Kirchoff, 24:39.2