DASH Cross Country Wisconsin Homeschool Championship Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

A blustery, beautiful day was the setting. Our own Greenfield Park was the place. The 1st annual Wisconsin Homeschool Cross Country Championship Meet was the event. The long hours of preparation were over. It was time for the best homeschool athletes in the state to get together and race!

The high school boys race was first. Homeschool Eagle Kenny Hillman paced Northeast Wisconsin Christian Homeschool Athletic Association’s (NEWCHAA) Emmett Delaney through the first loop. But Emmett made his move to the front just before the mile mark, a lead he would never relinquish, to become the days first state champion. Kenny Hillman stayed ahead of the rest for an impressive second place finish. Tri-State Flying Flamingo Isaac Shuetz would take third, and Jordan Olinski edged WCHSA teammate Jeremiah Cantrall for fourth. Matthew Hoffland from the West Central Eagles finished only three seconds behind Jeremiah to earn the 6th place ribbon. DASH freshman Zeb Caspers struggled with ankle problems to finish a disappointing 21st.

The high school girls race had a foursome in the front that stayed close throughout. Holy Family Warrior Madison Skalsky assumed the leadership role early, but NEWCHAA’s Jenny Moran, and Tri-State Flying Flamingo’s Rebecca Harkness and Rose Bendorf kept her in their sights. After the 2-mile mark was passed, Rebecca and Rose would surge past Jenny and were slowly and methodically edging closer to Madison. Around the last loop, Rebecca moved up to just a few strides behind Madison. It was going to be a sprint to the finish. Rebecca gave it all she had, but Madison stayed calm and would not let her pass. Madison was to win by just one second, and claim the right to be called state champion. Rose held off Jenny for third. Adrianna Lubner of WCHSA captured the other top-5 t-shirt, and Homeschool Eagle senior Lexi Hegle finished an impressive 6th in just her second cross country race. For the DASH team, Emily Caspers ran well and finished 12th. Kristin Ulfeng ran steady and came in 22nd.

The boys and girls ran together in the middle school race, adding a little spice to the action. DASH star Ransom Nyhart may not have noticed the girls as he broke away from the field early. His pace never slowed on the course so familiar to him, stamping his claim on the state champion title. Holy Family Warrior 6th grader Elijah Skalsky made a great impression with his racing and was declared the 2nd place finisher. Elijah held off Tri-State Flying Flamingo Noah Shuetz at the finish. NEWCHAA’s Michael Jarzin’s effort was good for fourth, and DASH’s Christian LeSac put on a surge before entering the woods to earn himself a top-5 shirt. Austin Hegle of the Homeschool Eagles was sixth. Matthew LeSac was the next DASH boy in, finishing 9th. Glenn Kaboskey ran very well and gave the DASH team four boys in the top-10. Isaiah Rogowski edged Aaron Rogowski, both finishing with the same time. Daniel Caspers was a little tired after helping set up the course. He finished just ahead of Joshua LeSac to complete the boys race.

In the middle school girls race, the front of the pack got ordered early, and the girls were all able to hold their spots throughout. Andrea Kempf from DASH was again comfortable running in front. She has been making winning a habit lately. The state champion label is now hers. Paige Anderson of NEWCHAA stayed strong to the finish to earn the 2nd place award. DASH’s Andrea Beck had to run fast to stay ahead of teammate Lucretia Nyhart for 3rd. Katie Peterson from the West Central Eagles earned a top-5 shirt with a good race. The DASH team’s Zipporah Caspers beat a trio of NEWCHAA athletes to the finish line to earn 6th place. Other notables from the DASH team. Third grader Lilly Rogowski was impressive as usual to finish 14th. Amelie Kemmann was back running again and finished 19th. Julianna Caspers, just 4 years old, was amazing as always with her effort. It will be fun to watch her move up the charts in years to come. Alivia Kempf won a sprint to the finish to take 23rd.

The team scores were a combination of the best boys and girls on each team. The Tri-State Flying Flamingo’s were announced as high school state champions.  Their five scorers were all in the top-8, earning themselves the team trophy. WCHSA kept it close, and was awarded the 2nd place award. The DASH team was announced as middle school state champions. They were just five points away from a perfect score, to run away with the title. NEWCHAA was also very good, capturing the second place trophy. Every team brought some good athletes which made the meet very competitive and fun to watch.

It was a day waiting to happen. It finally came. Getting this great group of kids together on one field was so exciting. New relationships were made, and many renewed. A lot of work was done, but time was found to relax and enjoy the day. Let’s hope we can make it happen again next year, and have the high school athletes prepared to run a little farther.

Thanks to all the coaches and parents who did their part to make this happen. Thanks to all those who made the drive to Greenfield Park. Thanks to the athletes for running hard and displaying such good sportsmanship throughout. Thanks to Jilleen Pfarr for getting this meet off the ground. Without her vision it would never have happened. Special thanks to God for giving us the opportunity to homeschool our kids, and for granting us a great day to run.  Until next time,

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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