DASH High School Cross Country Prairie Invite Meet Report

Hello DASH homeschool families,

Our high school team ran in the Prairie Invitational on Thursday. The weather was beautiful, and the course was tough. While the teams were smaller and more our size, we were to run shorthanded, bringing just enough athletes in the boys race to make a team. It would be a challenge to improve on our good racing of last meet.

The girls race was a combined Varsity/JV race. Our four girls team did not look too small in this race. We were standing next to a team with two girls and a team with three. I was starting to like this day. Our girls all got out to good starts. Emily Caspers and Abigail Westendorf led the way for the DASH team again, keeping pace with each other the whole way. Abigail withstood a late Emily surge to be our first girl in. Martha Egan ran very well from the start to just miss her personal record. Britta Heiss struggled early, but came on strong in the end, finishing our girls racing for the day. Many encouraging signs were shown that the best racing for these girls lies ahead.

Our boys lined up next, all in the varsity race. We needed the boys to run their best, as all their scores would be counted in our team score.  Tim Egan and Zachary Marek set out on a fast pace from the start, with Hudson Nyhart keeping them in his sight. Andrew Rodriguez was really giving his all, and Jay Egan was his usual cool self, waiting for his chance to put on a surge later in the race. We really looked like we belonged in this race. Everyone was excited. The great racing continued throughout. Tim Egan stayed in front for the DASH team the whole way in another very impressive race. Hudson Nyhart ran especially strong at the end to break his personal record by 24 seconds on this tough course. Zachary Marek looked strong the whole race. He is racing like a veteran – very smart. Andrew Rodriguez never let up, while Jay Egan put on his usual late surge catching up to Andrew going down the last hill. The race to the finish between these two was as good as it gets, with Jay edging out our newest member by a very slight margin. The photos of their finish prove me out. You can see all the photos here.  Andrew and Jay both set personal records!  The official standings say we took 6 out of 6, but they are deceptive.  Their were 12 teams in this meet, many not choosing to test their mettle in the varsity race.  We chose varsity despite running all sophomores and freshman – and we competed impressively!

Thanks to all the great DASH fans who followed the runners around to cheer them on.  We have three meets to go, two of them similar to this one.  This is the part of the season I have really been looking forward to.  The athletes are in shape and running fast.  I hope you can come out to cheer them on.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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