DASH Middle School Cross Country Brookfield Academy Meet Report

Hello DASH homeschool families,

The middle school team ran at Brookfield Academy yesterday. It was quite a change of pace compared to our first two meets. The meet was our smallest of the year with 5 teams, and the longest at 2.25 miles.  The weather was much hotter than the previous meets. This made the order of finish very unpredictable. Not everyone would have a great race. This was the kind of day where experience and race tactics come more into play. Courses and weather are always a factor to be dealt with, but especially so when running a long course in hot weather. Testing yourself against such challenges is what make cross country such a great sport. The athletes were out of view for most of the race. This leads to excitement, but also to frustration. What was going on back in the woods? Who was prepared to overcome this day’s challenges? Who was ready to keep up a fast pace on this course? We had to be patient to find out.

The girls race was first. All our girls lined up at the start. The usual DASH surge took place. Into the woods they went. Lucretia Nyhart came out first, second place overall, followed closely by Andrea Beck. On closer inspection, Andrea was running with only one shoe, but running fast nonetheless. They would hold their positions for impressive 2nd and 3rd place finishes. Zipporah Caspers and Faith Caspers were seen next. Zipporah finishing 7th overall. Faith, after a strong start, maybe too strong, came in 9th. Veteran Gabrielle Heiss overcame the rough conditions to finish 12th. Five girls in the top 12 for the DASH team! Renee Nurre and Gloria Heiss were the next girls in. Both ran hard, as could be clearly seen at the finish line. The heat got to Siobhan Heiss. You felt the heat more in the woods, and it really slowed Siobhan down. She has five more races to help her forget about it.

It was time for the boys race.   A pack of four boys came out of the woods over a minute ahead of the rest. Our own Ransom Nyhart was among them, finishing the course in an astounding 13 minutes flat! That was only good for fourth place on this day. The teams we were racing were few, but they were good. Next in for the DASH team was a very determined Zebulon Caspers. Going head-to-head with all his DASH teammates had Zeb running his best. It was good for a 7th place finish. Matthew LeSac and Christian LeSac had their usual strong races to finish 9th and 10th. That’s four of the top 10 for the DASH boys! From here on out the finishes become very interesting. The next boy in was Kevin Egan. Is no course too long for this little guy? Kevin was followed closely by Nick Contino who had another very encouraging race. We had a group of four boys together – Glenn Kaboskey, Ben Contino, Dawson Miller, and Daniel Caspers was the order. The heat and length of the course slowed these older boys down a bit enabling Daniel to keep up. The heat affected Levi Leonard the most, though. This race will give these boys more incentive to run great in the next race. Rookies Tommy Egan and Seth Heinz filled out our team’s finishers. Finishing this long course is an accomplishment in itself. Kudos to all the runners.

Overall, we did very well.  The change of pace from big meet to little meet was fun.  Experience was gained, yet the challenge to get better remains. We have five more meets to put our racing skills to the test. I wouldn’t miss it. Check out the results here

Thanks to Christine Nurre who helped collect the placement cards. Thanks to those who took pictures and will send them to me. Thanks to the parents who drive the kids to the meets. Thanks to the Ed Beck who is always by my side helping with something. Thanks to Brookfield Academy for hosting the meet.  Thanks to those who helped cap off the night at Marty’s Pizza.

Take care,
Jim Caspers


  • Cross Country 2016

    The 2016 DASH girls cross country team: Zipporah Caspers, Kayla Bruton, Jessy Homa, Abby Chu, Rebecca Dickman, Katrina Lipski, Kayla Walters, Ella Johnson, Faith Caspers, Alivia Kempf.

  • The 2016 DASH boys cross country team. Front: Cliff Yang, Tim Kowalinski, Joe Maurer, Brian Durbin, Caleb Schaber, Justin Chu. Back: Ben Hughes, Joshua Schaber, John Klaves, Joshua Anumolu, Zachary Werner, Zach Pape, Miles Talbert, Seth Holter, Vincent Maurer, Samuel Zinkgraf.

  • The 2016 DASH MS girls cross country team. Grace Caspers, Stephanie Chu, Savanna Bruton, Hellena Hacker, Mary LeSac, Heidi Talbert, Julia Kowalinski, Joy Rasch, Julianna Caspers, Jenna Walters, Alexa Bruton.

  • The 2016 DASH MS boys cross country team. Front: Josiah Chu, Seka Kostrzewa, Nathanael Chu, Micah Chan, Silas Johnson, Noah Caspers, Charlie Johnson. Back: Alexander Taylor, Joshua Lipski, Joshua LeSac, Kaden Hacker, Bryant Farrell, Leif Kostrzewa, Daniel Caspers.

  • Track 2016

    DASH HS 4x1600 Relay Winners. Boys: Drake Hacker, Justin Chu, Briton Kostrzewa, Jacob Dickman. Girls: Zipporah Caspers, Faith Caspers, Kayla Walters, Andrea Beck.

  • Rebecca Dickman, Emma Taylor, Katie Gorectke, Stephanie Chu.

  • Cross Country 2015

    2015 Bradley Tech Cross Country Champions: The 1st place DASH boys: Lucas Ebel, John Klaves, John LaBonte, Joshua Schaber, John Sherman, Joshua Anumolu, Ben Hughes, Tim Kowalinski, Joe Maurer, Drake Hacker, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joe Hughes, Jacob Dickman, John Kowalinski, Will Farrell. the 2nd place DASH girls: Margaret Serchen, Kayla Walters, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Beck, Faith Caspers, Renee Walters, Kayla Bruton, Jessy Homa.

  • The DASH girls middle school team. Front: Mary LeSac, Grace Caspers, Hellena Hacker, Julianna Caspers, Zaela Schlissel. Middle: Julia Kowalinski, Anabel Fisher, Savanna Bruton, Stephanie Chu, Angela Walters. Back: Naomi Zhou, Emma Taylor, Katie Gorectke, Makenna Fisher, Jenna Walters.

  • The DASH middle school boys team. Front: Vince Maurer, Jeffrey Breiling, Leif Kostrzewa, Caleb Schaber, Seka Kostrzewa, Alexander Taylor, Noah LaBonte. Middle: Ethan Lindberg, Micah Chan, Jose Rosario, Joshua LeSac, Adam Loustaunau, Salim Lubbad, Kaden Hacker, Nathanael Chu, Jacob LaBonte, Ben Breitbach. Back: Daniel Caspers, Joshua Lipski, Tikvah Schlissel, Bryant Farrell, Christian Loustaunau, Ed Sherman, Peter Chan, Matthew Kowalinski.

  • Track 2015

    2015 High School Track. Front: Andrea Coulter, Stefanie Klaves, Renee Walters, Jessy Homa, Bekka Homa, Nina Smrecek, Johannah Lee, Kayla Bruton, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Beck. Back: Jacob Dickman, Jeremy Marek, Justin Chu, Nicholas Funk, Noah Evans, Samuel Lee, Danny Wickman. Missing: Tommy Ebert, Joe Hughes, Samuel Zinkgraf.

  • Cross Country 2014

    Bradley Tech Champions - 2014

  • Cross Country 2013

    Midwest Homeschool Champions - 2013

  • Track 2013

    Front : Abigail Larkin, Sophia Zyzo, Grace Caspers, Julianna Caspers, Grace Zinkgraf, Elijah Anumolu, Daniel Caspers, Leif Kostrzewa, Wesley Evans, Mary LeSac, Andre Coulter, Abby Chu, Grace Dupar, Gulla Kemmann. Back: Danny Wickman, Lucretia Nyhart, Mia Wickman, Faith Caspers, Toria Schein, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Guidone, Olivia Zyzo, Toria Schein, Christian LeSac, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joshua LeSac, Joshua Anumolu, Kayla Walters, John Klaves, Christopher Fossell, Joe Hughes, Glenn Kaboskey. Missing: Stephanie Chu. Simran Khunger, Foster Todd, Briton Kostrzewa, Alex Navin.

  • Cross Country 2012

    Wisconsin Lutheran College Warrior Invite 7th-8th grade champions: Briton Kostrzewa, Christian LeSac, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joe Hughes.

  • Track 2012

    Amelie Kemmann, Andrea Kempf, Andrea Beck, Sarah Klapak

  • Cross Country 2011

  • Cross Country 2009

    Andrea Beck, Lucreitia Nyhart, Faith Caspers, Zipporah Caspers. Coach Jim Caspers and Ed Beck in back.

  • Cross Country 2004

    Legendary race - Maitland Park This is where it all began.