DASH High School Cross Country Burlington Catholic Topper Invite Meet Report

Hello DASH homeschool families,

The DASH team was back at the St. Francis Retreat Center on Tuesday. This time the high school team took its turn to run this fast course. The weather was perfect, and the athletes were in end-of-the-season form. It was time to go for personal records. Let’s review the action.

We had Abigail Westendorf, Emily Caspers, and Martha Egan line up first. Abigail and Emily set a steady pace early through the first lap. Martha was running great keeping them in her sight. The second lap is when Abigail took off, with Emily trying to keep up. There would be no stopping Abigail’s as she came in at 18:45. A new DASH record! Emily was right behind with a season best 19:02. Martha would not be denied a personal record either, coming in with an impressive time of 21:24. These girls really ran well. It was a day to set records. These girls did not disappoint.

The boys lined up next. They knew it was a good day to run. Matthew Hughes stayed up with the lead pack as usual, finishing with his own DASH record of 17:37! This has become routine for Matthew. Another race, another record. Dietrich Heiss shot out the gates and never let up. The effort he gave led to a 20:12 finish. He had not broken 22 minutes yet this year, but this day his personal record would go down and stay down – not so his lunch. Hudson Nyhart forgot his running shoes, but he did not forget to break his own personal record. 21:03 for Hudson! Jay Egan bided his time until the end, catching up to Zachary Marek and Andrew Rodriguez by the home stretch. They all came in as a group running hard with Jay proving to have the best kick again. Jay and Andrew set personal records, Zachary had trouble at the end to just miss. A great day of racing it was. This team is really finishing strong.

Many DASH fans stayed for the award ceremony to cheer Matthew as he received his 8th place medal. Matthew is our star, but these athletes all deserve applause with the effort they displayed. We have two more meets to test our paces.   It is going to be fun.

Thanks to all who took pictures, cheered the athletes on, and made it such a memorable day for the DASH coach.

Take care,
Jim Caspers


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