Archive for August, 2012

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school cross country team got the season off to an early start, running at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School last Thusday. The heat got to a few of our athletes, but overall it was a very encouraging first meet.

The boys JV race was first. The heat affected this race more than the others. Zebulon Caspers and Jeremy Marek both got off to good starts coming through the mile mark in good form. Zeb and Jeremy were to slow down the rest of the way though, as did most of the field as there was no way to get out of the stifling rays of the sun. These two will be back next week looking to run fast in some nicer weather.

We fielded a very young team in the boys varsity race, with all but one of our guys being sophomore’s or freshman. This is a very talented bunch and I was excited to see how they would fare this early in the season. All of our athletes got off to good starts through the first mile. Aaron Vogel was our pacesetter, with Jacob Dickman, Kyle Hillman, and John Sherman a few paces back. The mile is where the racing got more challenging in the first race, and it would prove so in this race as well. At the finish Kyle Hillman showed us his talent and racing smarts and was the first DASH athlete to the finish line. Two runners back was DASH freshman Jacob Hillman who held up very well in the heat and looked strong at the finish. It was a short wait for the DASH fans before getting to cheer Aaron Vogel at the finish. Now everyone was anxious to see the next DASH athlete come in as the team was off to such a good start. Freshman and DASH newcomer John Sherman made it to the finish next giving us a great effort in his first high school race. He will be one to keep an eye on as the season goes on. DASH veteran Zachary Marek was our 5th runner, followed closely by Mike Chew and Matthew Wundrow. Mike has a lot of potential and Matthew has really improved from last year. In the team scores, the boys placed 12th overall. An excellent start for a team this young in a meet this large.

After a little confusion, we found out the varsity girls was the next race. After getting everyone to the start line on time, the DASH girls showed us why this team is billed as our best team ever. Andrea Beck was our early pacesetter with Andrea Kempf running easy early on, and Heidi Jacobsen looking strong. At the two mile mark it was Andrea Kempf who was the first to come up the hill after moving up considerably in the race throughout the second mile. Andrea Beck was still in a great position up the hill but starting to tire, and Heidi was still keeping up her usual pace and looking strong. Siobhan Heiss and Kaitlyn Hillman were encouraging each other on the whole way to this point, both on their way to some good times. At the finish it was Andrea Kempf in 15th place which was good for a medal, and Andrea Beck came in soon after in 25th place. Both these girls are freshman and they were the 2nd and 3rd freshman to the finish line. Impressive! The great racing hardly stops there with Heidi Jacobsen finishing 39th, showing us how much she has improved. DASH veteran Siobhan Heiss stayed ahead of Kaitlyn at the finish to complete our team score. It got more and more exciting as the team scores were announced. The DASH fans had to wait until just 10 teams were left before getting to cheer for their favorite team! When the official results came in we ended up in 9th.

We did have one athlete in the girls JV race. DASH star Amelie Kemmann assumed she was running JV, and she arrived at a time where she could race no other. It was freshman Amelie’s first high school race and attempt at the 4k distance. She held up well, got to talk to the coach throughout as he ran back and forth encouraging her, and then showed off her speed to the finish, passing several girls just before the finish line. A good first race, and a great finish to another day of DASH racing.

Thanks go out to all the parents who got the athletes up north to Jackson. Thanks to the athletes for running hard and not complaining about the heat. Thanks to Jilleen Pfarr and Ed Beck for helping with the coaching. Thanks to my daughters who took the pictures. This team is young, but very talented this year. With a few more weeks of practice, you are going to see some really good times posted for this team. It is going to be fun.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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