DASH High School Cross Country St. John’s Military Meet Report

Hello DASH homeschool families,

Yesterday the high school cross country team finished its season as it always has, running at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy. The setting was as beautiful as the weather. It was a day for the athletes to try and put an exclamation mark on their season, and then look back and reflect on how much they have improved.

The girls lined up in box 2. Abigail Westendorf was our leader throughout, finishing in under 20 minutes for the fourth time this year, to cap off a good season. Britta Heiss ran hard in her final race on her favorite course, finishing just ahead of Martha Egan. Emily Caspers would be an early casualty. Running sick, she would not make it to the finish.

The boys race was next and it did not disappoint. Matthew Hughes was the early leader before settling into 7th overall. This was the fourth time this season Matthew finished in the top 10. Running in his last race, he broke his own DASH course record! What a season he had! Tim Egan looked strong throughout finishing with a great time of 20:28 to put an exclamation point to his season! Dietrich Heiss ran with Tim most of the way, giving his all and practically collapsing at the finish line. Hudson Nyhart finished out an encouraging freshman year to come in next. Andrew Rodriguez gave us just what the team needed, finishing at 22:41 as our fifth scorer. I can’t wait to see what a summer of training will do for this guy. Jay Egan finished strong as usual, and Nathan Dahlin completed his last race with the DASH team. The improvement our young team has made this year is so exciting, I couldn’t help but start talking about next year’s team soon after the race.

But alas, before I start dreaming of next year, we need to make a special mention of our three graduating seniors – Britta Heiss, Matthew Hughes, and Nathan Dahlin. They have always represented the DASH colors well. Nathan is our first 4-year graduating senior, and has been with the team since its inception. Britta is a former MVP who has been with us so long she is in the legendary photo. It is amazing how much Matthew has accomplished in just 12 races. He will be MVP this year, and was setting DASH records whenever he took the field.  We wish these three the best.  They all have a special place in DASH lore and will be missed.

I want to thank to all the DASH fans who cheered on the athletes this year and made it so easy to be the coach on race days. It was so much fun, I can’t wait to do it again next year. Thanks to the parents who got the athletes to the meets, especially those who had middle school athletes as well. My seven meets in nine days schedule was not easy. And a special thanks to all the athletes. They kept a great attitude throughout the season, gave great effort at the meets, and really proved to be a team we could all be proud of.  Photos

I hope to see you all one more time at the end-of-the-year party next week. Until then,

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.