DASH High School Cross Country Westosha Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school team joined the Homeschool Eagles for a meet near Silver Lake.  The course was hilly and treacherous. Ambulances were called from the surrounding area to deal with the injuries that occurred.  Fortunately our team came out unscathed and posted some impressive results.

We had ten girls line up to get things started.  Jalene Vegter and Lexi Hegle set the pace early and ran close the whole way.  Lexi was to cross the finish line first, with both girls breaking 20 minutes.  DASH veteran Emily Caspers was our third runner in, posting her best time of the season. Not far behind Emily was Heidi Jacobsen. Heidi has a lot of potential, is working hard, and is now posting impressive times.  Sarah Pfeiffle is fighting calf issues, but was fast enough to be our fifth scorer.  Leah Kasprzak and Kristin Ulfeng have also improved with each week and they both ran fast enough to break into the varsity scoring.  Kaitlyn Hillman, Emily McIntyre, and Siobhan Heiss struggled on this tough course. Hopefully we will see all these athletes again at the Wisconsin Homeschool Championships next week.

Kenny Hillman always runs with the leaders to pace the team, but I have never seen him look as strong as he did in this race. He came in 4th place overall with a time of 17:25. That’s fast! Kyle Hillman’s effort gave the team two sub-20 minute finishes. Daniel Kordik was back and improved his time by over a minute to be our third runner in. Patrick Cummings stayed steady throughout and was strong enough to stay ahead of Aaron Vogel at the finish. Both of these guys ran in the 21’s, and that was with Aaron having to backtrack once because he missed a flag. Zachary Marek had to run in his sweats because the coach forgot to remind him to bring his own black shorts. He still posted his usual good time. Zeb Caspers started pretty good, but could not maintain his pace on this hilly course.

It was exciting having to keep track of 17 athletes in this meet. The team has made great strides since the beginning of the season. We have one more meet to cap the season. The athletes have over a week to prepare. I hope to see you all there at Greenfield Park.

Thanks to the Eagles team for combining with us. I think it has worked out, with the teams complementing each other well to form one better team. Thanks to all the parents for making it out to Kenosha County on time. I hope everyone enjoyed the gorgeous day of racing in the park, but we do need to keep in prayer the athletes who did not make it to the finish and needed medical attention. Let’s hope we never see that again.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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