DASH High School Track Oak Creek Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

It was an exciting day watching the high school track team in Oak Creek last Tuesday.  The DASH team was in peak form.  It seemed like in every race someone stepped up and had a great showing.  I think we surprised a lot of people with how we performed.  All our hard work is paying off.  This team is young, and it is good.

The jumpers started us off.  All of our boy long jumpers, Sam Porcaro, Steven Klapak, Joe Ingersoll, and Hudson Nyhart, had jumps over 16 feet. Sam Porcaro led the way again with a DASH record 16-11! Samantha Schultz led the way for the girls. She and Martha Egan both came in with jumps of over 13 feet. Joe Ingersoll placed 2nd overall in the High Jump in another memorable showing.

The running events were next and Samantha Schultz got the DASH fans excited. She won her heat to finish 5th overall with a great time of 13.96. Martha Egan had a good first race of the year placing second in her heat. In the 1600 meters, Abigail Westendorf finished ahead of Emily Caspers with a good race. Luke Versweyveld bided his time before showing us his kick in the 1600 meters. Luke came from the outside to pass a big group right before the finish to end up in 2nd place. I overheard people talk about his sub-5 minute performance later. They did not see him coming until he was past. Faith Penza looked good in her personal best 400 meter race. For the boys, Luke Versweyveld, Hudson Nyhart, Joe Ingersoll, and Quinlan Thomas kept the DASH fans cheering in their 400 meter races. Steven Klapak ran for the first time this year in the 800 meters and outkicked everyone to win his heat. Sam Porcaro was next and finished with the best DASH 800 meter time of the year. Samantha Schultz was impressive again in the 200 meters for a 6th place finish. Allie George was right behind to finish 8th. Matthew Hughes waited until the 3200 meter race to show off his paces. He made it worth the wait as he moved up from 4th place all the way to 1st, breaking 11 minutes! Emily Caspers set her personal record in the 3200 meters as well. I missed the 4×400 meter relays, but with all the cheering going on I know they were exciting. Our girls team of Faith Penza, Allie George, Abigail Westendorf, and Samantha Schultz ran their best time of the year. Hudson Nyhart, Steven Klapak, and Sam Porcaro got the boys off to a good start, with Matthew Hughes running the anchor lap a few minutes after his 3200 meter race to give us 5th place.

It was great to see so many runners having outstanding days. And it was nice to see so many DASH fans enjoying the competition. We have one more meet left to cap off our high school season. I hope to see you there.

Thanks go out to Brian Thomas. He trains most of these guys and gets them ready to run their best on race day. Thanks to the camera lady, my wife Kam, for getting us another great set of photos when she would have rather been cheering. Thanks also to Oak Creek’s Coach Stack for hosting the meet and putting in all the work that that entails. He stays busy. And thanks as usual to the DASH fans for coming out. I wish I could have talked with you all more.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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