DASH Middle School St. Gregory Milwaukee Invite Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school track completed their season last Saturday at St. Gregory’s Milwaukee Invitational. Records were set, and memories were made. It was yet another great meet to cap off an amazing season.

Zipporah Caspers got our scoring started with her 5th place long jump. Sarah Klapak, Amelie Kemmann, and Amy Osinga all flew over 11 feet in their long jumps. In the shot put, Kelaine Egan earned a 6th place ribbon for her effort, and Jon Fossell remains unbeaten, winning again by his usual five feet.

The first running event was the 1600 meters. They were combining grade levels, so Faith Caspers and Zipporah Caspers ran head-to-head, both placing 4th in their divisions. Sarah Klapak and Andrea Beck ran next. Sarah went under 6 minutes to set a new DASH record, but it was announced that Andrea Beck had won. Somehow, they had Sarah down as winning the 8th grade race. We accepted that, and came away with two first place finishes! Kevin Egan and Daniel Caspers went 2nd and 4th in the 5th grade boys race, and Matthew LeSac broke the 6 minute mark for the first time to place 5th in the 7th grade race. In the 400 meters, Sarah Klapak lowered her DASH record in another 1st place finish. Amy Osinga was an impressive 3rd in that race. Bekka Homa and Amelia Hagen had the DASH fans on their feet in their 8th grade race. Bekka came from behind to edge Amelia. Aaron Rogowski and Levi Leonard followed with another exciting race. Aaron came from behind to catch Levi. Christian LeSac’s usual good effort was good for 3rd. In the 800 meter races, Andrea Beck outkicked everyone for a first place finish, with Amy Osinga having a great race as well, earning 3rd. Levi Leonard had his best race of the year for a 3rd place finish. Christian LeSac and Isaiah Rogowski both scored in their race, and Matthew LeSac had the best DASH time of the day, good for 5th. DASH veteran Zeb Caspers, running in his last middle school race, finished his middle school career with an impressive 3rd place finish.

This year the DASH team has sprinters, as Meg Mazza and Amelie Kemmann remind us each meet. In the 100 meter race, Meg sprinted to a 4th place finish, and Amelie placed 2nd in a photo finish. Amelie got a rematch in the 200 meter race. She ran inspired and stayed ahead until the end. 1st place and a new DASH record for Amelie!

The DASH team was running short-handed on this day, and it was reflected in the relay teams. The coach was out looking for replacements. Lilly Rogowski answered the call for the 6th grade 4×400 team, teaming with Faith Caspers, Meg Mazza, and Zipporah Caspers to earn the 2nd place ribbons. Jon Fossell, always reliable, got to run a full lap with the 7th grade 4×400 team, teaming with Christian LeSac, Thomas Mazza, and Matthew LeSac for a 5th place finish. The coach was really scrambling to find a fourth girl for the 5th grade 4×100 team. Mary LeSac, our fastest 3-year-old, was available and ready to run. Mary teamed with Lilly Rogowski, Faith Caspers, and Meg Mazza to earn the 5th place ribbons. Not all of our teams were running short-handed. Our usual 5th grade boys 4×400 team of Aaron Rogowski, Daniel Caspers, Tommy Egan, and Levi Leonard finished there season with a hard-fought 2nd place finish. Our formidable 7th grade girls 4×400 team was the only 7th grade team in the race. Fortunately, some good 8th grade teams were available to challenge us, and they gave us a great race. Amelie Kemmann, Andrea Beck, Amy Osinga, and Sarah Klapak held off a strong 8th grade St. Joe’s team at the end to take first place in the race, first place in 7th grade, and first place on the DASH records list, breaking their own record by six seconds!  It should be noted in the blog, that a special appearance was made by Kayla Walters in the mixed medley relay.

We had great results, renewed old friendships, made new friendships, and now have memories that will last a lifetime. We had a great season. Now to start thinking about next year…, but first, don’t forget about the cross country season.

Thanks to my wife, Kam, for all the great photos. Thanks to the parents who got the athletes to practice and ready to run. Thanks to the DASH fans who were in particularly fine form on this day. Thanks to the athletes for putting out an effort that is worth cheering for.  We’ll do it again next year. I hope to see you there.

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.