DASH Middle School Cross Country 2012 Burlington Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school cross country team ran in a big public school meet at the St. Francis Retreat Center in Burlington on Monday. The average team size was about forty, making our team look small, but our 17 dedicated athletes were able to post some good results.

We started seven girls in the 7th and under race. Faith Caspers led the DASH team again as she has all season. Faith did not have her best race, but she battled to the end to crack the top-30. Kayla Walters gave us her usual good race to be our second girl to the finish line. Grace Zinkgraf has not had a bad race yet, and this race may have been her best yet as she continues to amaze the coach. Julianna Caspers started slow and got pushed around a bit early, but she came on strong in the end to crack our top-4 for the first time this season. Mia Wickman came in right behind Julianna with a good finish of her own. Alivia Kempf has really improved this season. She ran with Mia most of the way, and is looking much more comfortable at the end of races now. Gulla Kemmann had a great start and was really enjoying the cheering of the DASH fans early on. The distance got to her later, but she is really improving and is one to watch.

We were only running four in the 7th and under boys race. Daniel Caspers and Joshua LeSac were our dynamic duo. They battled each other the whole way, with Daniel finishing a step ahead. Both boys ended up cracking the top half of finishers. Not bad for 4th graders in this big race. Joshua Anumolu was back racing. He looked strong, but is still feeling the effects of his recent illness. He should be even better in our next two races. Elijah Onumolu struggled early and was running last, but he was able to stay tough and beat a few to the finish line. He is getting better each race.

Zipporah Caspers ran very fast and easy early on in the 8th grade girls race, but she still has a sore throat and was not able to give us her usual kick at the end. Her effort was still good for 20th place, and she had the fastest time of the day of all the DASH girls.

The 8th grade boys race started very fast. Christian LeSac moved up slowly and was in a three-way battle for first at the mile mark. Christian and a Deerfield athlete then broke away and made it a two man race. Both boys finished in under 9 minutes on the 1.6 mile course, with Christian settling for second. No DASH athlete has ever run the course that fast! Joe Hughes changed his tactics and started slower. It did not take him too long to start passing, as he moved up all the way to 32nd place. Sam Zinkgraf gave us another inspiring finish. He would not be passed on the home stretch and earned the 35th place card. DASH veteran Glenn Kaboskey was not far behind Sam, giving us his usual good race, and helping the DASH team to a very good team score. Danny Wickman proved to be a crowd favorite as he soaked in the cheering of the DASH fans and ran to his best finish of the year. He is pushing himself a little harder and it is reflected in his time.

This is a very competitive meet where we race most of the best public school teams in the area. Small teams pass on this meet, but we our good enough to compete and hold our own. Participating in a meet such as this will help keep us in tune for the smaller meets on our schedule coming up. This is the time of year you have to be primed to run fast!

Thanks to all who made the trip to Burlington. Thanks to Jodi Lesac and Andrea Beck for keeping score. Thanks to Ginny Hughes, Maria Walters and all those who helped watch baby Philip. He does like to come to the races. Thanks to my wife, the picture lady, for getting some great photos. We have a lot of meets coming up you will not want to miss. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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