DASH Middle School Track Brookfield Academy Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school team competed at Brookfield Academy last Thursday on a warm, windy day. The meet was much smaller this year, only eight teams, so the athletes did not have much of a break between events. Nonetheless, we had a great day with the DASH yellow being seen crossing the finish line ahead of the competition continually throughout the day.

The hurdles were first, an event we do not get to practice. The athletes competing would have to let there natural ability help them this time. Grace Zinkgraf and Glenn Kaboskey both handled the hurdles well to post good results. Makayla Gergeni got off to a great start, with the hurdles hardly slowing her down. She never let up and was the first to cross the finish line giving the DASH team its first victory of the day and setting a new DASH record in the process. In the 100 meters Andrea Guidone again showed her speed by racing to a second place finish. Danny Wickman looked strong in his race and took third. Amelie Kemmann was to be in a class by herself on this day, finishing with a big lead for another DASH victory. Abigail Larkin got the team off to some good running in the 800 meters. She beat Faith Caspers to the line with some hard running with the two of them coming in first among the 5th graders. Andrea Beck took control of her race from the start to post her best time of the year. Andrea Kempf was the next to finish giving us a great 1-2 finish. Zipporah Caspers effort was good for 2nd place in the 7th grade race. DASH newcomer Britten Kostrzewa ran in the lead almost the whole way before settling for second place. We may have a new DASH star. Ransom Nyhart was in his last middle school race and he made the most of it with his big victory in the 800 meters. Matthew LeSac was to come in third just ahead of Christian LeSac who claimed first place among 7th graders. Samuel Zinkgraf also had a strong finish in his 800 meters. The 200 meters was next and in the first heat Kayla Walters and Mia Wickman were ready to run fast, giving the DASH team impressive first and third place finishes. Danny Wickman put on another great surge at the end of his race to leave everyone behind him. Amelie Kemmann and Renee Walters cruised to first and third place finishes in the 8th grade girls race, while Jon Fossell looked strong while posting a third place finish. In the 400 meters, without much of a break, our 5th grade duo of Kayla Walters and Mia Wickman raced to 2nd and 3rd place finishes. All the girls ran together in the 1600 meters. Andrea Kempf was the first 8th grade girl in, with Andrea Beck following her. Faith Caspers led Zipporah Caspers and Abigail Larkin to the finish line all posting good results. Julianna Caspers ran her first DASH track race. The 5-year-old ran as a 6th grader and came in with a time of 7:52 beating several other racers. The boys were next. Ransom Nyhart was impressive again leading from start to finish. Christian LeSac was the second boy in with an impressive showing to win the 7th grade race. Matthew LeSac and Glenn Kaboskey posted good times.

The relays are run with two boys and two girls on a team making them a fun change of pace. In the first 4×100 meter race, we had two teams racing against each other in a good battle. The team of Abigail Larkin, Daniel Caspers, Alivia Kempf, and Christopher Fossell prevailed in a close battle against the team of Alexa Dawson, Lief Kostrzewa, Lilly Rogowski, and Joshua LeSac. Our 8th grade team of Matthew LeSac, Andrea Beck, Makayla Gergeni, and Jon Fossell finished 2nd overall and stayed ahead of our other team featuring Glenn Kaboskey, Andrea Guidone, Bekka Homa, and Samuel Zinkgraf. The last event of the day was the 4×400 meter relay. The DASH team capped off its memorable day by finishing 1-2 in this event. Our team of Amelie Kemmann, Ransom Nyhart, Renee Walters, and Matthew LeSac won by about half a lap in an impressive display of racing. Our team of Danny Wickman, Faith Caspers, Zipporah Caspers, and Christian LeSac was also very good with Christian proving too strong in the end for a great 2nd place finish, and first place among 7th graders.

Jon Fossell, Samuel Zinkgraf, and Christopher Fossell all won their shot put events giving the DASH team an impressive sweep of the boys events. Renee Walters showed off her muscles with a throw good for third. Amelie Kemmann and Christian LeSac both won their long jump events. Andrea Kempf and Zipporah Caspers were 2nd in the high jump, while Ransom Nyhart completed the day of track and field by winning the high jump, giving him victories in all of his events on his last day of middle school competition.

It was then off to Marty’s Pizza to cap off the day of racing. Of course we got some great photos, taken mostly by my wife, the camera lady. Extra special thanks to Greg Kempf and Zeb Caspers for getting volunteered to run the high jump. They did a great job. Thanks also to Brooke Fossell and Kenli Couppee for helping out with the shot put. This team has been fun to write about. I will only have one more chance. The weeks have really gone by fast this season.

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.