DASH Middle School Cross Country 2012 WCHSA Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

WCHSA moved their meet to Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School this year, so that is where the DASH middle school cross country team took the field yesterday. The meet was much bigger  than in the past, so we would have to be fast. It was a blustery, but beautiful day to race, and yes, we did run fast.

The 6th and under girls were first. The girls had all run great the meet before, and were looking to build on that success. Faith Caspers worked hard early and was able to stay in about 10th place for most of the way. On the home stretch Faith was in the back of a group of five girls, then she got into high gear and took off with an inspiring charge to move up and earn the 6th place medal! Kayla Walters was next with another very steady race. She cruised to a 30th place finish making it look routine. Mia Wickman and Grace Zinkgraf ran together the whole way and were both having great races. Mia started her sprint to the finish a few steps ahead of Grace and there was to be no stopping her. Grace got going as well and they were both able to really move up before they crossed the finish line. It is great to see these two running this well. Julianna Caspers was the smallest girl in the race, but she ran like a veteran. She was able to beat about half the field and caught the eye of many as usual.

Our 6th and under boys team was actually 4th grade and under, but these guys can run. Leif Kostrzewa took off in the woods and never let up to finish an impressive 26th. Daniel Caspers was not far behind posting a great time and finished 38th. Joshua LeSac stayed with Daniel for most of the way and gave us all he had. These three all finished in the top third of their race. Not bad for these young guys! Elijah Anumolu was much improved in his second race despite getting knocked down early. He got up and ran well, and gained valuable experience.

Zipporah Caspers had a great start, but she was running sick and it affected her racing as she headed back on the uphill portion of the course. She was still able to finish 23rd. A good day for most. Gulla Kemmann was running in her first cross country race. She put in a good effort and was able to beat about fifty girls. We will see how she improves.

Our most competive team was to be our 7th and 8th grade boys. We had not raced most of the other teams yet, so we did not know how we would fare, we just knew that we would be a challenger for the trophy. Christian LeSac did his part as usual to keep our team score low. He ran with the lead pack the whole way and was able to beat all but one to the finish line. Briton Kostrzewa got out into 5th place early and was able to hold his spot the whole way, giving us another great race. We were hoping Christian and Briton would run in the top-5. They did not let us down. We still needed two more guys to give us great races. Joe Hughes got out to a great start, but he got the coach running around trying to keep him going as he started to fade after going up the hill. Samuel Zinkgraf started slow, but when he got to the hill the charge was on. Sam started moving up fast, eventually even catching up to Joe, which helped get Joe going again. Sam came charging home with Joe right behind, giving us the 26th and 27th place cards, and a total team score of just 60 points. We would have to wait to see if our score was low enough to win. Glenn Kaboskey was not at his best on this day, but an off day for Glenn is pretty good. He finished in the top third of the racers with his effort. Danny Wickman continues to improve with each race. He has hardly peaked yet, so look for him to go even faster before the season is over.

At the award ceremony, the DASH fans got to cheer Christian LeSac for his 2nd place medal.  I peaked at the team scores ahead of time and found out that one big team was able to beat us, so we knew our fate. It did help the DASH fans get ready to put out a loud DASH cheer for the boys 2nd place finish! We were able to run our best, so we were holding our heads high.

Thanks to all the parents who made the drive up to Jackson. I know it is a little far, but we always have fun up there. Thanks to Mary Beck for being our official scorer. I will have to pick another mom soon. Thanks to the picture lady for taking the photos. Thanks to the athletes for all being where they were supposed to be. This is a good team to coach. Next week is the middle school team’s big week. Let’s eat healthy, do our exercises, get our rest and be ready!

Take care,
Jim Caspers


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    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

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    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.