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Tigers are District D-4 Runner-up


            Thursday October 15th the Osmond cross country teams made the long trip to Ainsworth for the District D4 meet.  The weather was windy, cloudy and cool, but did not seem to affect the Tigers as most ran season’s best times and in doing so earned a runner-up plaque.  The Tigers were second behind Ainsworth and tied with West Holt, but had the tie-breaker or better fourth place finisher than the Huskies.  The top six teams were very close.

          After a good start Johnson Chishiba had worked into 4th place and Graysen Schultze in 12th place.  The next three Tigers were quite a ways back behind two large groups of runners.  On the second loop around the course Johnson was still in 4th, Graysen had moved up to 8th and Robert Aschoff, Karter Johnson, and Kaden Polt had passed a dozen and a half runners to greatly improve their standing.

          Coming off the last turn to the finish Johnson was passed by Eli Thiele of Summerland and Hunter Bennett of Elkhorn Valley to finish in 6th place in a strong time of 17:56.8.  Graysen held off a serious charge from Plainview’s Jordan Mosel to finish in 8th place also in a good time of 18:13.1.

          The fate of the Tigers came around the turn as Robert Aschoff was neck and neck with Keagan Mosel of Plainview and teammate Karter Johnson right behind him.  Mosel edged Robert as did Karter by .02 of a second. Karter finished in 28th place in 19:55.7 and Robert placed 29th and was clocked at 19:57.4, both faster than their last few outings. With Robert finishing right behind Karter that meant Robert was the tie breaker and his 29th place finish was better than West Holts 41st place so the Tigers were awarded the runner-up plaque and the Huskies still qualified their team but in third place.  Kaden Polt finished in 39th place in one of his best times of 20:18.4.

          “This was a great accomplishment for our team, and what an exciting finish” noted Coach Ortmeier.  “Everyone on the team showed great heart pushing themselves to the finish gate.”

          On the girl’s side of the event Osmond’s Riley Wagner ran her fastest time ever in finishing in 20th place in 23:22.1. She was five spots from qualifying for the State meet.  Jozie Kumm was next followed very closely by Hayle Krienert. They came in 47th and 48th place.  Jozie was clocked at 26:54.6 and Hayle 26:55.4 which was her fastest time of the year.  Lexi Beacom was not far from her teammates as she crossed the line in 50th place in a time of 27:24.3.

          “The girl’s also gave everything they had running some of their best times of the season.  I appreciate their efforts here at the District meet and all year long,” Ortmeier said. “We will miss our senior class of Johnson Chishiba, Graysen Schultze, Connor vonRentzell, Jozie Kumm, Hayle Krienert, and Lexi Beacom.  They have been with us a long time and have achieved many of their goals.”

          The boy’s will compete in the State Meet Friday October 23rd at the Kearney country Club. Start time for Class D boy’s  is 12:30.


Team Scores:

          Boy’s                                                                             Girl’s

1st      39      Ainsworth                                         13      Bloomfield-Wausa

2nd     42      Osmond                                            17      Ainsworth

3rd      42      West Holt                                          23      North Central

4th      43      Elkhorn Valley                                  54      Burwell

5th      44      Plainview                                          59      Summerland

6th      45      Bloomfield-Wausa                            71      Boyd County

7th      64      Neligh-Oakdale                                 72      Plainview

8th      75      North Central                                    74      Central Valley

9th      88      Summerland                                     87      Niobrara/Verdigre

10th    94      Boyd County                                    93      Osmond

11th    103    Chambers/Wheeler Central

12th    117    Riverside

13th    123    Burwell

14th    151    Creighton