DASH High School Cross Country 2012 Prairie School Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school cross country ran on the meticulously groomed course of Armstrong Park at a meet hosted by The Prairie School. The weather was perfect and the course was fast. We posted some great times, and we took home our share of the medals.

Andrea Kempf was at her best to lead the DASH girls. She had the lead early, and battled with the lead pack throughout. She finished in third place with an amazing time of 16:12. Heidi Jacobsen pushed her way to a season best time. She ran like a veteran, and she cracked the top-15 to capture a medal. Andrea Beck helped the team with her effort, but she is running with back pain and is going to need to slow down for the next few weeks. She did run to a 19th place finish, but she just does not look like the hard-charging Andrea Beck we are used to seeing. Senior Emily Caspers has been very reliable this year and this race was no exception. Emily was followed by Kaitlyn Hillman and Siobhan Heiss who both ran very well and lowered their season best times by almost two minutes. Amelie Kemmann was a few seconds behind Siobhan as she gets faster with each race. Kristin Ulfeng was much improved and finished 11th in the JV race. Emily McIntyre ran her first race of the year and finished well.

The wait to see Kenny Hillman run was over. Kenny was coming off of an injury, but he looked even better than expected as his 6th place finish led the DASH boys. Kyle Hillman stayed up with Kenny throughout the race to give us a second top-10 finish. Jacob Dickman gave us three medal winners on the day with his effort. He broke 19 minutes for the first time as he keeps improving with each race. All eyes were now on Zachary Marek and he did not disappoint. He set his personal record and won a spectacular race to the finish against a St. Anthony athlete that got the DASH fans excited. Mike Chew looked very strong again, cutting another minute off of his best time. Matthew Wundrow started slow testing a sore hip. It felt good as he was able to move up in the last mile. Zebulon Caspers is getting healthier now and was able to set his personal record. Pete McIntyre ran in his first race and looked good. He will be one to watch. Jeremy Marek improved his best time by almost two minute as he gets faster with each race.

The girls were announced as the 4th place team in a very tight field. We were only two points out of 3rd, and one point ahead of 5th. The boys matched the girls with their 4th place finish. We have always run short-handed at this meet in the past and have not scored well. This year, despite running a little short-handed again, our depth really showed, as we were still able to post some very good results. It proved to be a special day as the DASH fans were heard cheering for our five medal winners!

Thanks to Pete Dickman and Jilleen Pfarr for getting the mile splits. Thanks to all the parents who made the drive to Racine. Thanks to Greg Kempf for helping watch all the little kids that I brought. Thanks to Faith Caspers for being the picture girl and taking the photos. Only one more high school meet before the Homeschool Championships. The season does go by fast.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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