DASH Middle School Cross Country Burlington Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

Our middle school cross country team was back in action last Monday at the tough Burlington meet. We toed the line with fourteen other teams, mostly large public schools. It would be a good test for us, to see where we stand amongst some of the best teams in the area at this point in the season.

The 7th and under girls had Lucretia Nyhart back. She paced Zipporah Caspers through the 1.6 mile course. The two DASH stars had great races, both finishing in the top-20. Faith Caspers did not have her best at the start, but finished strong to end up 34th. Kayla Walters and Lilly Rogowski both had fantastic races. They came to the finish jockeying with each other, each giving their all to try to stay ahead. It went back and forth until Kayla finally proved the stronger.  These two are really running fast right now. It could get exciting if they can keep this up for the next two meets. Mia Wickman and Alivia Kempf paced their way through the beautiful course to complete our team.

Ransom Nyhart tried to take control of the 7th grade race from the start. He ran well ahead of everyone, except for a trio of boys all from the same team. It was another great race by Ransom. Christian LeSac joined him in the top-10 with his effort. Christian and Ransom both broke 10 minutes. These guys are really racing right now. Glenn Kaboskey had another impressive day as well. Glenn has learned how to finish a race now, and his scores are getting low. Isaiah Rogowski ran smooth as always, giving us a great effort to complete our scoring. Aaron Rogowski was caught running fast right behind him as usual. Daniel Caspers bounced back with his best race of the year. He did not let anyone pass him at the finish, which is especially impressive for a third grader in a public school race. Danny Wickman ran his best race of the year with some new shoes, and Joshua LeSac struggled a little, but gave us his usual good finish.

Our 8th grade girls were next. Andrea Kempf led our team with her usual effort. She is really running smart each race, and her results this year have been stunning. Sarah Klapak and Andrea Beck stayed together for most of the race, until Sarah proved a little faster in the end. Our first three girls were all in the top-14.  To do that in this meet is monumental. Amelie Kemmann was eagerly watched for at the finish line. She was to be our fourth scorer. She ran hard, but a first place girls team finish was not to be. Renee Walters looked really improved. She really lowered her time which is encouraging.

Matthew LeSac looked good at the start of his race. He was able to keep it going to the end much better this time, but the effects of his recent illness were still apparent. It was the last time for Matthew racing without any teammates. That will be nice.

We had our usual good results. We are where we want to be heading into the final few meets. Our next two meets will have smaller teams than we are used to racing. It will be exciting to see how the team fares. I hope you can catch the action.

Thanks to Jodi LeSac for keeping the scores. The sun was a factor in the photos again, but the picture people, my wife and Faith, did another good job. Thanks to all the parents who made the trek to Burlington. Special thanks to Dale Walters for bringing the extra set of keys to help get the whole team home. It was truly another memorable day of DASH racing.

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.