DASH Middle School Track University Indoor Meet Report

Hello DASH homeschool families,

The middle school track team had their first meet last Saturday – the University Indoor at UW-Milwaukee. It was run early this year, and with 28 teams participating, was particularly challenging. We had some outstanding results, and some that were disappointing. With a little more work this team is going to prove to be very good. We saved our best results for the end which is unfortunate as many of you had already left. Here is a recap of some of the highlights. I won’t be mentioning every event or every athlete like I did for cross country as that would make the post too long. I will try to talk about everyone a little before the season is done.

The boys ran first in this meet. Sprinter Chris Brown started the DASH season with a good 50 meter effort. His younger brothers Ian and C.J. looked good in their first DASH races. You would have never known C.J was a first grader the way he kept up with the older boys, proving that you are never too young to be a star on the DASH team. Christian LeSac and Glenn Kaboskey got off to great starts in their 800 meter race, but the race was called back and restarted. The second start did not go as well for them. Very unfortunate. Our 7th grade relay team got the DASH fans off their seats with their excellent race. Chris Brown and Christian LeSac got us off to a good start. Thomas Mazza looked great holding our position on his leg and getting the baton to Ransom Nyhart. Ransom outkicked everyone as the boys won their heat to finish third overall. The boys ran well, but I don’t think we have seen their best yet. Stay tuned.

It was now time for the girls to try to live up to their coach’s high expectations. The 800 meters has always been one of the DASH teams best events. This meet lines the athletes up three deep for a waterfall start making the race a little more unpredictable. Zoe Harrison lined up in the first row, got off to a great start, and never looked back for a 2nd place finish. You would have never known this was her first track meet. She’s fast. Lucretia Nyhart and Faith Caspers struggled a little, but ended up scoring in the top 8 to cap off a great race. Meg Mazza was impressive in her 200 meter race. Keep you eye on Amelie Kemmann as she took 5th place in her 200 meter race just missing the DASH record. Amelie was the lead runner on our 4×200 meter relay team that did set a DASH record. She was joined by Renee Walters, Amy Osinga, and Sarah Klapak. Sarah was interfered with down the stretch slowing her down. The girls settled for an impressive 6th place nonetheless. There were two events to go, and the crowd was dwindling, but the DASH girls were far from done. Andrea Beck took fourth in the 7th grade 1600 meters, and Zipporah Caspers followed with a fifth place 6th grade finish. Faith Caspers powered her way through eight laps for another 2nd place finish. (She finished 2nd two years ago as well, but this time 19 seconds faster.) Lucretia Nyhart was right behind for 3rd, and Zoe Harrison completed the threesome for 8th place. You will want to stick around when these three girls run. Sarah Klapak capped the day with a win in the 400 meters, setting a meet record and DASH record. Sarah is a threat to break a record in any event I put her in. She is that fast.

Thanks to all the athletes who were easy to find and get to the start line. Thanks to the parents for getting all the athletes to the meet on time. I am sorry if anyone tried to call me on the race day cell phone. It was not working. It will be next time. Special thanks to Kenli Coupee who shared her coffee with the coach. The DASH middle school team is going to be good this year. You won’t want to miss the action.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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