In preparation for their district meets this Thursday, Fairbury, Thayer Central, and Wilber-Clatonia took part in the Southern Nebraska Conference cross country meet on Thursday at Doane University.
Both of Fairbury’s teams placed third in their respective division. Josephine Blatny was the highest finisher of any Fairbury runner, placing third in the girl’s division (21:05.72).
Thayer Central’s Sydney Escritt finished in second place (20:49.92).
The Jeffs’ top three boys finished in a pack, as Issac Robertson placed 13th (18:52.70), Braden Graham was 14th (18:55.80), and Jared Engelman finished in 15th place (19:00.15). Devin Holliday was the team’s final scorer, crossing the finish line in 26th place.
The Fairbury girls ended with 43 points to take third, just two points behind runner-up Thayer Central. Outside of Blatny’s third-place finish, Alissa York took eighth (22:39.35), Autumn Branson clocked a 23:20.66 to take 17th place, and Mikwena Lierman finished just over 5 seconds after Branson to finish in 18th.
The Jeffs’ boys team claimed third with 68 points.
“It was good to have five medalists. Josephine Blatny continues to do well as she got third place. It is a sign of her dedication and work ethic,” Fairbury head coach Kristi Peterson said. 
Compared to last year’s conference meet times on the same course, Graham and Blatny improved their times the most according to Peterson.
Thayer Central won the boy’s division by nine points due to their three top runners placing in the top five. Damian Stewart was runner-up (17:38.03), approximately 11 seconds behind Wilber-Clatonia’s Tommy Lokken.
Trey Fischer placed fourth (18:03.39) for the Titans and Keegan Casey finished five seconds behind Fischer to take fifth place.
Dylan Fischer rounded out the team’s scorers with a 12th place finish (18:45.62).
Escritt guided the Lady Titans to their runner-up finish as a team with her second-place finish individually. 
Alanna Fangmeier clocked a 22:39.29 to take ninth place. She was .04 seconds behind Fairbury’s York.
Kylie Pachta also medaled, taking 13th place in a time of 23:04.09. Bridget Linton was the Lady Titans fourth runner and she placed 20th (23:28.23).
The Wilber-Clatonia boys placed fourth out of nine teams while the girls team finished in fifth out of six teams.
Lokken’s first place finish in the boy’s division enabled the Wolverines to finish 14 points ahead of South Central and only four points behind Fairbury. Luke Sykes placed 18th, Seth Vlasak finished in 22nd, and Conner Schmidt came in 31st place.
In the girl’s division, Karlie Cerveny was the highest finisher for the Wolverines in seventh place (22:38.94), just over a minute and 13 seconds ahead of Wilber-Clatonia’s second-fastest runner Mikayla Pecka. Harley Broz and Sierra Laschansky came in 33rd and 34th place respectively.
Fairbury will head to Raymond Central’s home course, Wildwood Lake State Wildlife Management Area, for their District B-4 meet on Thursday. 
Thayer Central will host their district meet at the Hebron Country Club on Thursday while Wilber-Clatonia heads to the District D-1 meet at Malcolm’s home course, Branched Oak Lake.