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

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