DASH Middle School Cross Country Burlington Meet Report

Hello DASH homeschool families,

The DASH middle school cross country team ran at the St. Francis Retreat Center Monday in Burlington. This was a big public school meet with some very good teams. The weather was perfect, and most important, the athletes came ready to run fast.

The 7th and under girls got the day started. All the girls on the line got off to great starts. That is, all the girls that made it to the line. Sarah Klapak arrived just a little late and gave everyone a head start. Andrea Beck, Lucretia Nyhart, and Zipporah Caspers ran near the front the whole way, with Sarah Klapak catching up before the race was done. Sarah actually was our first finisher, capping a remarkable comeback. Andrea Beck was right behind her. Lucretia and Zipporah followed. All four of these girls finished in the top 20, giving the team a meager 60 points! Faith Caspers stayed ahead of Gabrielle Heiss this time, with both girls posting great times. Renee Nurre went out fast and kept it up the whole way for her best race of the year. Gloria Heiss capped off our finishers.  Little Skyler Heinz lost her way, being our only casualty.  She will be back.

The boys were next, inspired by the girls good showing. Ransom Nyhart had his usual great performance.  He finished 6th overall in an amazing 9:19! Christian LeSac outkicked his brother Matthew after some exceptional racing, both finishing under 10 minutes.  Kevin Egan and Glenn Kaboskey battled each other to a photo finish, with Kevin coming in just ahead. This gave the boys team a low 99 points.  Ben Contino, Jeremy Marek, and Levi Leonard came in next, all with good showings.  Daniel Caspers had an inspiring race as well.  Tommy Egan and Seth Heinz finished a great day of 7th and under boys racing.

Siobhan had her best race of the year in the 8th grade race. She will not be so lonely next time.

Zebulon Caspers and Nick Contino ran hard and were fun to watch in the boys 8th grade race. They both posted great times, and looked good doing so as the photos of the race will attest.

Three teams finished with scores under 100 in both 7th and under races. The DASH team joined Muskego Lake Denoon and Pilgrim Park in that category. Those are some big names in Milwaukee Area middle school racing.  It takes three buses to bring the Pilgrim Park team to the meets.  We actually beat the Muskego girls team for the first time ever.   Overall our girls team finished 3rd and our boys team was 4th. Check out the results and be amazed at how much the times improved from last year. Yes, we had another monumental day of racing to put in the books.  Another great day of DASH racing.

Thanks to all the parents who made the drive to Burlington.  St. Francis is not an easy place to find.  Thanks to Mary Beck, Kristen Contino, and Christine Nurre who helped out with scorekeeping.  Thanks to Kam Caspers for taking pictures.  Thanks to the athletes for getting to the line on time, giving great efforts, and making it so much fun to watch them run.

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.