DASH Middle School Track Bulldog Dash Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

Last weekend the middle school team was finally back in action after a month of practicing, competing in their biggest meet of the season, the Bulldog Dash. This is one of the best teams we have ever fielded, going against competition as difficult as we would face all season. We would have to be at our best to score at this meet. In the end, we met and exceeded expectations, set meet records, set DASH records, set sunburn records, and went home with trophies, medals, ribbons, and smiles on our faces.

The meet started on Friday night. Jon Fossell won the shot put, as usual, with a throw of over 38 feet. Andrea Kempf set a DASH record with a 4’5″ high jump, with Zipporah Caspers also scoring. In the 200 meter prelims, the DASH team had newcomer Andrea Guidone running in her first meet. She won her heat, but she just missed out on the final. That was not the case for Amelie Kemmann who won her heat by a large margin. Makayla Gergeni looked great in her 200, but she also just missed the final. Danny Wickman was the surprise of the night, impressing everyone with his speed to give the DASH team two athletes in the 200 meter finals. The 800 meters was next, historically the DASH team’s best event. Faith Caspers, Abigail Larkin, and Lucretia Nyhart all won ribbons. In the 8th grade race, Sarah Klapak and Andrea Beck got out to the lead and stayed there the whole way to give the DASH team an amazing 1-2 finish, with Sarah breaking the meet record. In the 8th grade boys race, Ransom Nyhart and Matthew LeSac put up impressive numbers themselves to finish in the scoring. And in the most exciting race of the night, Christian LeSac came from behind in a fantastic display of racing, passing three people in the last lap, to capture the 7th grade first place ribbon.

We were back early Saturday morning. At the coaches meeting the buzz was about how two 8th grade girls had broken the meet record in the 200 prelims the night before. Of course one of the girls was our own Amelie Kemmann. More on that much anticipated race later. First up was the 100 meter prelims. Andrea Guidone was not to be disappointed this time as she raced her way to the finals as did Amelie Kemmann. In the 4×400 relay, our 5th grade girls team of Kayla Walters, Grace Zinkgraf, Abigail Larkin, and Faith Caspers ran to a 3rd place finish. The 8th grade boys team of Christian LeSac, Danny Wickman, Samuel Zinkgraf, and Matthew LeSac also looked good. Our very talented 8th grade girls team of Sarah Klapak, Andrea Beck, Andrea Kempf, and Amelie Kemmann was destined to break the meet record. How low would the record go was to be determined. Our dream team came in way ahead of the field to break the record by 16 seconds with a time of 4:31! In the cross country mile, our own Andrea Kempf took the lead early and kept it until the end for another DASH victory. Andrea Beck, Lucretia Nyhart, Faith Caspers, and Abigail Larkin also clocked in with great races. Matthew LeSac ran fast to stay ahead of brother Christian LeSac in the boys cross country mile. Glenn Kaboskey and Daniel Caspers also looked good. In the 800 meter medley relay, the 5th grade team of Alivia Kempf, Grace Zinkgraf, Mia Wickman, and Kayla Walters ran fast enough to get the fifth place ribbons. In the 200 meter final, new DASH star Danny Wickman moved up to 6th overall. It was now time for the 8th grade girls 200 meter final where Amelie Kemmann and Milwaukee Montessori’s sprinter Turquoise Baker were to go head-to-head for the first time this year. Amelie got off to a great start and came around the first turn with a step lead to really get the DASH fans hearts racing. Then Turquoise fought back over the next 40 meters to get the race back to just about even, but Amelie was able to hold off the challenge, and dig deep for just a little extra push, to get her slight lead back and hold it to the finish line. No two girls had ever raced that fast in Bulldog Dash history, and it was Amelie who prevailed in the end to set a new meet record! Andrea Guidone ran in the 100 meter finals, and you would have never known it was her first meet. She is fast. Amelie Kemmann settled for a close second in her 100 meter final to cap off her amazing day. In the 400 meters Kayla Walters and Mia Wickman ran fast just like the coach told them to. Danny Wickman took an impressive 7th place finish to cap a breakout day, and Matthew LeSac had a great surge at the end of his race that almost overtook the leader before settling for a remarkable 2nd place finish. Sarah Klapak was back ready to set another meet record in the 400. She did. That gave her a cool three meet records for the meet. Legendary! We had one race left, the 8th grade girls 4×100 relay that needs mentioning. The meet was running ahead of schedule and Makayla Gergeni was scheduled to come back a little too late to make the race. The new team of Andrea Kempf, Bekka Homa, Zipporah Caspers, and Andrea Beck set a new DASH record to cap off a great day of running. The DASH team also had two athletes running in the pentathlon. Glenn Kaboskey held his own for a good 8th place finish. Renee Walters had an especially good day, taking 2nd in the shot put, 3rd in the long jump, and running fast enough for a 4th place overall finish. In field events on Saturday, Andrea Beck broke her own DASH record in the discus and placed fourth. Sarah Klapak and Faith Caspers impressed in the long jump.

When it was all done and the points were counted the DASH team finished in 5th place, behind only the really big teams. We had set four meet records, and had three other first place finishes. It was another amazing day for the DASH team!

Of course we got great photos. Thanks go out to our team of photographers, including my wife, George Klapak, Maria Walters, Mary Beck, and Steven Klapak. Special thanks to all who volunteered at the meet: Kenli and Tony Couppee, Ed and Mary Beck, and Jodi LeSac. Thanks to my assistant coaches for this meet who helped me in numerous ways: Ed Beck, George Klapak, and Dawn and Greg Kempf. Thanks always to the parents who brought the athletes ready to compete, and who withstood the long, hot day. It takes a lot of work to make a great team. The work has been put in, and we clearly have a great team. Let’s enjoy it while we can.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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