DASH High School Cross Country 2012 Blackshirt Challenge Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school cross country team was out at Minooka Park this Saturday morning running in the Blackshirt Challenge. We did not field our largest team because of the holiday weekend, but the dedicated athletes who participated gave us a great effort, and when the results were tabulated, it was our best showing ever at this meet.

The boys ran first again. Freshman Jacob Dickman was our number 1 guy from the start. He was able to keep his torrid pace up throughout the race, and in the end was the 5th freshman to cross the finish line. Nice! John Sherman arrived just in time, and with some great racing of his own was our second man to the finish. Senior Zachary Marek was next. He looked like a senior, running strong and lowering his time by about a minute from last week’s race. Mike Chew and Zebulon Caspers stayed close for the first two miles, then Mike picked up the pace in the last mile to be our fourth runner in. Zeb was able to lower his time by over three minutes from his first race which is encouraging. Jeremy Marek also showed vast improvement in his race, lowering his time by over two minutes. This team is getting fast.

The girls were next, with everything going as planned. That will keep a coach happy. Andrea Kempf and Andrea Beck went out fast and raced with the leaders. In the end Andrea Kempf finished in 15th place, exactly like last week. Her time of 17:27 is good for a new DASH record! Andrea Beck was less than a minute behind, giving us her usual great race. Heidi Jacobsen and Emily Caspers raced together early with Heidi moving ahead at about the mile. Heidi’s charge up the big hill before the finish is the best I’ve seen capping her great race. Emily gave us the time we were hoping for from our fourth runner, and Kaitlyn Hillman was able to cut two minutes off of her time to give us another much needed good finish. Ashley Hanus showed us some potential in her first race. She may be one to watch.

In the team scoring we held up well. The girls and boys both ended up in 9th place. We will take that, and look to build on it in the coming weeks, hopefully running with more of a full team. This team is posting some good results now, and it is going to get better. It will be fun to watch.

Thanks to Pete Dickman and Jilleen Pfarr for helping out with the coaching and getting the mile splits. Thanks to Ed Beck for running around with me to catch all the action, and for his usual words of wisdom. Thanks to the parents who got the athletes ready to race. Thanks to the athletes who were caught running around cheering on their teammates. Thanks to Andrea Beck for accepting Andrea Kempf’s medal at the awards ceremony, proving you can never have too many Andrea’s on your team. And thanks to the picture lady who took the photos, even with baby Philip at the meet. We get to do it again next Friday in Whitewater. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers


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