DASH Middle School Track WI School for the Deaf Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The middle school track and field team was back in action after a two day break competing in a 3-team event at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf. It was a bit of hike to get there, but the weather was perfect, and the team was able to stay close, enjoy each others company, and observe the racing!

The field events were first up on the schedule, and you had to be all over the grounds to catch the action. That action included four DASH records! It looks like the DASH team is going to be pretty good this year at running, jumping, and throwing. Jon Fossell remained unbeatable as he threw his shot over 37 feet. Amelie Kemmann and Renee Walters both broke the DASH record in the shot put with Amelie’s landing over 26 feet away. The DASH discus flew like it has never flown before. Matthew LeSac threw it over 75 feet to break a long standing DASH record. Andrea Beck and Amelie Kemmann both surpassed the DASH record in their discus throws. Andrea had the old record, and she will keep it. Ransom Nyhart jumped an impressive 4’6″ in his first meet competing in high jump. Zipporah Caspers tied the DASH record while placing a close second in her high jump. Makayla Gergeni placed a very impressive second in her first long jump meet. Glenn Kaboskey showed how much he has improved, jumping 11’11” to take third place, with Christian LeSac placing fourth just an inch and a half behind Glenn. All this excitement and we were only a half hour into the meet.

The running events started with a brother/sister competition in the hurdles. Ransom Nyhart had to run an extra 10 meters, but he overcame the extra track, and his sister Lucretia, for a come from behind victory. Amelie Kemmann, Renee Walters, Makayla Gergeni, and Gulla Kemmann swept all the top spots in the 100 meter dash, with Mia Wickman and Alexa Dawson also looking fast. The 1600 meter girls race was also a clean sweep for the DASH girls. The distance running reputation of  Andrea Beck, Faith Caspers, Zipporah Caspers, and Abigail Larkin evidently kept the competition at bay. The boys almost matched the girls with Ransom Nyhart, Christian LeSac (who broke six minutes for the first time), and Matthew LeSac taking the three top spots and Glenn Kaboskey finishing fifth.  Our 8th grade girls ran away from the competition in the 4×200 relay. Andrea Kempf was back wearing the DASH yellow, joining Renee Walters, Makayla Gergeni, and Amelie Kemmann.  The boys 4×200 team won in the closest matchup of the day. Danny Wickman, Christopher Fossell, Joshua LeSac, and Aaron Rogowski had just enough to pull off another DASH victory. Kayla Walters and Aaron Rogowksi were running in their first individual races of the year in the 400 meters. They were ready, both placing 2nd overall. Lucretia Nyhart and Faith Caspers had a great battle to the finish in their 800 meter race, placing 3rd and 4th right behind Andrea Beck. Ransom Nyhart showed why he is a DASH legend, coming back from his victory in the 1600 to win the 800. Amelie Kemmann went under 29 seconds in her 200 meter race, with Makayla Gergeni placing third. Kayla Walters blew by everyone in the last 100 meters of her heat to pull off an inspiring 4th place overall finish. Jon Fossell and Danny Wickman had good finishes in their 200 heats to complete a great day of DASH racing.

The running was over.  It was now time to play on the big hill for the DASH team and get in some hill-rolling practice before the annual Bulldog Dash Hill Rolling Championship. (Last years highlights start here.) It is too early to predict a winner yet.  The competition looks fierce.  It was fun way to finish another great day for the DASH Team.

Thanks to my wife who was back as official camera lady. The sun affected some of the photos, but most are very good.  Thanks also to all those who helped look after my younger children. Thanks to the parents who drove the long way and got all the athletes to the meet on time.  Thanks to the Wisconsin School for the Deaf for inviting us this year and running their meet so well. Thanks also to the athletes for putting forth their best effort.  You were fun to watch. We now have a whole month between middle school meets to work on getting even faster.  Until then,

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.