DASH Middle School Cross Country 2012 Lake Denoon Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The middle school cross country team finally got to take the field and compete in the big Lake Denoon middle school meet in Muskego last Monday. The weather was perfect for posting some good times, and that we did. Not everything went as planned, but overall the team ran well. This should be another exciting year of DASH middle school racing.

We drew box 9 of the 20 starting boxes putting us right in the middle of the action. It proved costly because when the 7th and under girls got going, yellow DASH jerseys were seen down. We could not tell who it was at first. Rebekah Marek was one that was down, but she was able to get up and continue. As the pack pulled away, a deflated sigh was heard as Abigail Larkin was left sitting, holding her knee in the middle of the field. We rushed over to help. She was eventually able to walk off on her own power, but her promising day was done. We found Abigail an icepack, and she headed for home. In the meantime, Faith Caspers, wondering what happened to Abigail, was running inspired and having one of her good days. She captured the 12th place medal for her efforts. Kayla Walters and Lucretia Nyhart were next with Lucretia showing a little more kick at the end to finish ahead. Rebekah Marek, in her first race, got up to finish as our fourth scorer. She has a lot of potential and is one to watch. Mia Wickman and Alivia Kempf, both much improved from last year, completed our team.

The 7th and under boys were next. New DASH star Briton Kostrzewa ran a very smart race, moving up in the last half of the race all the way to 8th place, earning a medal for his efforts. The little guys were next, and they were all amazing. 4th grader Daniel Caspers outkicked 2nd grader Leif Kostrzewa at the end, both finishing in the top 70. That was out of over 270 athletes in the race. They are setting the bar high. Fourth grader Joshua LeSac also got the coach excited, having his best race ever to complete our team scoring. DASH newcomers Joshua Anumolu and Westley Marek looked good in their first races. We should be hearing about some good results from those two in the upcoming weeks.

Zipporah Caspers got all the DASH attention in the 8th grade girls race. She got out to a good start and pretty much held her place throughout to finish in 13th place. It was a good start to the season from the DASH teams’s longest tenured middle school star.

The 8th grade boys were next. This is a fast group and they showed off their speed in this race. Christian LeSac showed us why he is a DASH superstar. He ran this course faster than any DASH athlete has ever run it to give us a 3rd place finish. Glenn Kaboskey and Samuel Zinkgraf both challenged each other throughout, pushing each other to the 32nd and 35th place numbered ribbons. Glenn and Sam are accomplished runners and they looked like it. DASH track start Danny Wickman showed us that he can run cross country as well. He is much improved from last year, and he is one I will be looking to get faster and faster as the season progresses.

Christian Lesac made the DASH team proud and the DASH fans boisterous at the award ceremony, receiving his 3rd place medal to loud cheers to cap off another day of DASH racing.

Thanks go out to Mary Beck for being the official scorer. Thanks to Andrea Beck for being assistant coach and taking most of the photos. Thanks to Lake Denoon coach Mark Ertl for getting the icepack for Abigail’s knee. Thanks to the parents for getting the athletes to the meet and being great DASH fans. Thanks to the athletes for all getting to the starting box on time. I have had problems in that department in past years at this meet, but not with this team. We get to watch this group again at Grant Park. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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