Published On: Thu, Oct 19th, 2017

Bessmer, Chishiba earn trip to the state cross country meet Friday

Johnson Chishiba (left) and Jared Bessmer will compete in the state cross country meet on Friday

The Osmond Tiger cross country teams were busy in the past week, participating in the Lewis & Clark and Bloomfield invitationals on Monday, Oct. 9, before competing in the district meet on Friday, Oct. 13. Two Osmond Tigers — Jared Bessmer and Johnson Chishiba —  qualified for the state meet.
Bessmer, Chishiba to State
PENDER — The Osmond Cross Country teams traveled to Twin Creeks Golf Club outside of Pender for the D-2 District cross country meet on Friday, Oct. 13.  A beautiful day greeted the runners from 21 schools: 97 boys and 67 girls.
The Tigers all ran well with some season’s best times recorded. Top finishers were Jared Bessmer and Johnson Chishiba who placed 10th and 12th, respectively. Any runners placing in the top 15 qualify for the state meet in Kearney on Friday, Oct. 20.  Jared’s time was 18:00.65 and Johnson was clocked at 18:22.04.
The next Tiger runner was Aaron Chishiba, coming in 37th place in 19:49.40, then Ethan Pfanstiel, 49th in a time of 20:15.17, next Keaton Timmerman in 66th place at 21:05.91, and finally, Alexander Heiman in 84th place in a time of 22:51.90.
Team Scores:
First, 34 – Crofton
Second, 63 – Bancroft-Rosalie-Lyons-Decatur
Third, 81 – Winside
Fourth, 83 – Winnebago
Fifth, 88 – Elkhorn Valley
Sixth, 89 – Wisner-Pilger
Seventh, 101 – Osmond
Eighth, 109 – Stanton
Ninth, 142 – Madison
Tenth, 154 – Humphrey St. Francis
Eleventh, 190 – Humphrey LHF
Twelfth, 192 – Laurel-Concord-Coleridge
Thirteenth, 252 – Ponca
Fourteenth, 252 – Oakland-Craig
Fifteenth, 275 – Randolph
The girls’ team ran well with Lexi Beacom finishing 31st in a time of 25:19.9; Hayle Krienert, 37th in a time of 26:21.40, and Jozie Kumm, 57th in 30:04.3.
Top three girls’ teams and state qualifiers were first, 39 – Bloomfield-Wausa; second, 47 – Crofton, and third, 54 – Stanton.
“This is a tough field of quality runners,” noted Coach Joe Ortmeier.  “Our teams competed hard and I’m proud of their efforts. Also best of luck to Jared and Johnson at state cross country.”
State cross country will be held at the Kearney Country Club on Friday, Oct. 20.  Class D boys are scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
Bloomfield Invitational
BLOOMFIELD — The Lewis & Clark and Bloomfield invitationals were postponed from Friday, Oct. 6,  to Monday, Oct. 9, because of excessive water standing on the Rolling Hills Golf Course and wet, stormy weather. Monday was still challenging for the runners as the temperature was a raw 42 with stiff breeze and light rain and sleet at times.
The Tigers seemed to take it all in stride as they finished both meets in third place just two points from the runner-up plaque.  Jared Bessmer finished sixth in 18:51. Johnson Chishiba was right behind in seventh in a time of 18:58. Aaron Chishiba was 11th in 19:34 and Keaton Timmerman was 31st in a time of 21:57.  Ethan Pfanstiel was 35th in 22:23, Alexander Heiman, 39th in 23:01, Alex Kumm, 45th in 24:47, and Connor von Rentzell was 48th in 25:53.
Team scores: First – 18 Hartington, second – 46 Winnebago, third – 48 Osmond, fourth – 51 Winside, fifth – 77 Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, sixth – 90 Ponca, seventh – 145 Randolph.
Osmond Tiger girls’ team medaled one runner as Lexi Beacom finished in 13th place in a time of 25:25. Hayle Krienert was 18th in 27:46 and Jozie Kumm finished in 22nd place in 30:19.
The Tiger junior high boys finished in 12th and 13th place in the Bloomfield invite.  Kaden Polt was 12th in 10:36 and Robert Aschoff was 13th in 10:38.
“I thought the kids did a great job considering the weather,” praised Coach Joe Ortmeier, “They showed toughness just to be out there and they competed well.”