DASH Middle School Track University Indoor Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

Our middle school track team competed in the University Indoor Meet at UW-Milwaukee this past Saturday. The expectations are high for this talented team, and this meet would be an early test to see how good we are right now and to see where we need to improve. How did it go? While every race did not go quite as well as expected, overall our effort was nothing less than stunning. We set personal records, DASH records, and meet records. It was a day to be remembered.

The boys ran first at this meet as usual. The boys team is small this year, but talented. Matthew LeSac got our team on the scoreboard first with a great 2:31 time in the 800 meters. Christian LeSac followed that up with a hard fought 4th place finish. Newcomer Samuel Zinkgraf looked strong in his first 800 meter race and will be one to watch as the season goes on. Jon Fossell and Danny Wickman looked fast in their 200 meter heats, and our little guys, Daniel Caspers and Joshua LeSac, impressed the coach with their effort in the 1600, Daniel just missing a ribbon with a 9th place finish. Matthew LeSac broke six minutes in his 1600 to pick up where he left off last year, and Christian LeSac ran fast enough in his 1600 meter race to earn the 8th place ribbon. Christopher Fossell stepped in to complete our relay team that was fast enough to win some ribbons as well. Everything went smoothly for the boys. They got us off to the start we wanted.

Next it was time to find out how the DASH girls would fare in their largest meet of the year; the meet that has proved so humbling to so many teams in the past. The girls would have more ups and downs than the boys. They kept us out of our seats for most of the afternoon as we tried to keep with the action. Amelie Kemmann ran in the first heat of the 50 meters which was filled with some of the fastest girls at the meet. Amelie only took third in her heat and later we found out she was marked down with no time for her effort. George Klapak showed the officials the picture of the finish which helped get things sorted out, and Amelie ended up with an impressive 6th place finish. Gulla Kemmann showed us her speed, breaking out to win her 50 meter heat by several steps. Makayla Gergeni, Grace Zinkgraf and Alexa Dawson also looked fast in their first DASH races. The 800 meters was next. Sarah Klapak was challenged early, but broke away from the field and set a new meet record. No record is safe when Sarah runs. An inspired Renee Walters ran especialy hard in her first 800 meter race. Faith Caspers did not show her usual kick at the end and settled for third in her 800 meter race with new DASH star Abigail Larkin right behind in fourth. Amelie Kemmann won her 200 meter heat easily, but with ten heats total we had to wait to see where she placed overall. It was worth the wait as we found out that we had another DASH winner! Mia Wickman really impressed the coach with her great race in the 200 meters. The relays were next and our hopes were high. This turned out to be one of the low points of the meet, though, as both of our teams got boxed out at the start and we were forced to try to catch up the rest of the way. The 8th grade girls settled for 5th overall, while Grace Zinkgraf and Mia Wickman pulled the 5th grade team back to 2nd place in their heat for an impressive finish. The 1600 meter race was next on the schedule. Andrea Beck was determined to make up for a disappointing 800 meter race and it showed. She took the lead early and it was never in doubt that she would win. Yes, another DASH winner and a new meet record! Or so we thought. Her official time was 6 seconds slower than we had her clocked. A camera came through for us again as the Beck’s had recorded the whole race on their camera. The officials timed the race on the camera and the new meet record was confirmed. Faith Caspers and Abigail Larkin were back racing each other next. Faith led for the first seven laps, but Abigail put on a surge and passed Faith near the end. Faith had just enough to catch Abigail at the finish, and their efforts gave us 3rd and 4th place finishes again. This duo is exciting. Sarah Klapak was back on the track to try to set the 8th grade 400 meter record. The record had no chance of standing, as Sarah broke it by six seconds! Yes, that is four DASH victories and three meet records for our 8th grade girls!

It was another memorable day in DASH history that will be talking about for a long time. It was a great way to start the season, and it gives us a good foundation to build on for the meets ahead. This team is good. Now we have to keep practicing hard and get even faster.

Thanks to the athletes who took the photos.  My daughters Faith and Zipporah, along with Andrea Beck, were out there working hard all day to get them. Thanks to all the families that brought their athletes to the meet and cheered them on. I did not hear a single complaint about the length of the meet all day. Thanks to the athletes for being ready to run. I never had trouble getting anyone to the start. With a meet on Tuesday, we do not have much time to rest.  I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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