DASH Middle School Cross Country Warrior Invite Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school cross country team was back in action at Greenfield Park last Saturday morning for the Warrior Invite. The day was cool, but without a threat of rain in the forecast, the weather was very nice. Our team arrived early to scout the course we know so well. Twenty-three teams filled the starting boxes. It was time to race.

The girls all ran together for the first time this season, with the 7th and 8th graders to be scored separately. Andrea Kempf, Sarah Klapak, and Andrea Beck all stayed close together and were among the leaders from the start. Andrea Kempf pulled away from the group at the end in an impressive display of racing. Sarah Klapak came in soon afterwards, with Andrea Beck right on her heels, giving us three girls in the top-15. Now the wait for our fourth runner was on. Fortunately, Zipporah Caspers did not have us waiting long. Our score was going to be good. We would have to wait for the awards ceremony to find out how good. Amelie Kemmann came in next, looking like the effects of her sickness are finally in the past. Renee Walters arrived at the finish, this time with the shoes on her feet, to complete a good 7th and 8th grade team.

Our 6th and under team was missing DASH star Lucretia Nyhart, so we needed some special performances from the rest of the girls. They did not disappoint. Faith Caspers started slowly, but she made up for it with a fantastic finish. Her efforts vaulted her up into the top-10. Lilly Rogowski, our third grader, just keeps getting better with each race. She also kept moving up in the standings as the race went on. finishing with a great time.  Kayla Walters was not far behind Lilly, having another good race of her own. Alivia Kempf is looking much more comfortable now that she has a few races behind her. She is getting fast, and the team really needed her effort to keep our team score down. Mia Wickman stayed with Alivia most of the way, and was not far behind her at the finish. All these girls had great days. It was just what we needed.

The boys were next. Ransom Nyhart stayed among the leaders through the first mile, and then put on a surge at the end that got him past all but one. Another top-2 finish for Ransom. Nothing new here. Christian LeSac is really running great right now. He stayed strong throughout for a great top-15 finish. Matthew LeSac struggled at the end of his race, the effects of a recent illness. Let’s hope he can get by this soon. Glenn Kaboskey had another great race to be our fourth scorer. The team needed Glenn to be fast, and he did not disappoint.  Isaiah Rogowski was right behind Glenn in another impressive showing, and Danny Wickman, slowly improving with each race, completed our team.

We had three athletes in the 6th and under boys race. Aaron Rogowski led this team with another impressive run. He always seems to have a good day. Daniel Caspers was not at his best.  He went out overdressed and could not get going. We will blame it on the coaching. Joshua LeSac gave us his usual gutsy effort to complete our team.

The wait for the award ceremony proved worth it. The DASH fans had much to cheer, and of course, proved to be the most audible of all. Faith Caspers was called up first to receive the 7th place medal in her race. It was not long before Andrea Kempf was called up to receive a 6th place medal. There was more loud DASH cheering when the 7th and 8th grade girls were announced as the 2nd place finishers! Ransom Nyhart stayed patient until he was called up to receive a 2nd place medal. Then after the coach helped settle some confusion with the boys standings, the 7th and 8th boys team was called out in 4th place. Three medals, a 2nd and 4th place finish. Yes, another great day of DASH racing was in the books.

Special thanks to all the DASH fans for giving us the best cheering section. Thanks to the Beck’s for taking care of the scoring. The sun coming and going made it hard on the picture lady, but we still got many good photos. We have a big week of meets coming up. I hope to see you all there. So, 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.