DASH High School Cross Country 2012 Whitewater Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school cross country team fielded our strongest team yet in Whitewater yesterday, competing in the Whippet Challenge. We were very competitive against a few of these teams at our last meet, and we hoped to move a little higher in the team standings this time. We arrived to find a cold front passing through that also brought out the rain. It was a struggle to stay warm before the girls race, but fortunately the rain died down just about the time the girls were scheduled to race donning the green Eagles jerseys.

Andrea Kempf got the DASH fans excited early as she challenged for the lead through the first mile of the long 5k race. Andrea Beck also got out fast and looked strong running near the leaders. Heidi Jacobsen and Emily Caspers were running well through the first mile, with all our other girls running very close together a couple minutes behind. After coming down the big hill for the second time and heading for the finish, Andrea Kempf was still among the leaders. She ended up in 7th place with an amazing time of 21:59! That’s fast! It was a short wait to see Andrea Beck’s charge to the finish. The long race did not slow her down as she finished an impressive 15th. Her hard work is paying off. Heidi Jacobsen was next, giving us another great race to keep our team scoring very low at this point, which really built the excitement and made the DASH fans wait for the next athlete to arrive seem long. The length of the race slowed the rest of our athletes, but Emily Caspers and Kaitlyn Hillman arrived just in time.  I will tell you more about that later. Siobhan Heiss was a few paces behind Kaitlyn as she continues to improve. Amelie Kemmann was next with her usual fast finish as she still tries to adjust her sprinter speed to cross country races. Freshman Courtney Sigmund impressed the DASH fans in her first race. Ashley Hanus gained some more valuable experience in her second race. Freshman Renee Walters, in her first race, started well but lost some confidence on this hilly course. We will keep working with Renee because I know she’s fast.

Jacob Dickman and Ransom Nyhart set the pace early for the DASH Eagles team in the boys race, staying within the top-10 throughout. Hudson Nyhart also got out fast, followed closely by Kyle Hillman, Aaron Vogel, and Zachary Marek, with Zebulon Caspers and Jeremy Marek pacing themselves a little ways back. In the end, Jacob Dickman’s hard work this season paid dividends, powering him to a 6th place finish. Ransom Nyhart was right behind in 8th place giving the DASH team two top-10 finishes! But the good results were only beginning. Kyle Hillman had a great finish, moving up all the way to 14th. Aaron Vogel and Hudson Nyhart put up some nice times to assist us in posting a very low team score. Zachary Marek was not far behind Hudson, proving our depth while adding points to other teams as our pusher. Zeb Caspers and Jeremy Marek keep improving with each race, both giving good efforts to complete some great boys racing.

After the boys race we could not find the boys sweats that were left behind the start line. It turned out that ours, along with another teams stuff was stolen. Very disappointing and the low point of the day. Fortunately our minds were turned toward the awards ceremony. Andrea Kempf received some loud DASH cheering as she received her top-10 medal. After hearing the girls announced as the 4th place team, and by one point no less, the DASH Eagles fans were heard from once again. I told you Emily and Kaitlyn were just fast enough! Ransom Nyhart was next, followed by Jacob Dickman, to be announced as top-10 finishers to loud DASH applause. Then the wait to hear how the boy’s team placed overall began. When three teams were left and we were not yet called, the tension mounted. Could we take second? The Prairie School was announced as the third place team and we finally knew our fate. Yes, the DASH Eagles were second! (Extremely loud DASH Eagles cheers in the background, along with plenty of high-fiving.) We left with a less stuff than we came with, but with some smiles on our faces.

Special thanks to all the parents who made the long trek to Whitewater. We do have some closer meets coming up. Thanks to Lisa Dickman for getting the mile splits. Thanks to Dawn Kempf for encouraging everyone up the big hill. Thanks to Maura Heiss for bringing the uniforms. Thanks to Faith Caspers for the photos. Thanks to the whole team, parents and athletes, who made it through the cold and the rain, and were there to witness all the great racing. But as good as we ran, I still don’t think we have witnessed our best yet. Stay tuned while we get faster in the coming weeks. You won’t want to miss it.

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.