DASH Middle School Cross Country 2012 Kettle Moraine Lutheran Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

It was a beautiful day for the DASH middle school team to compete at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School on Wednesday. This is one of our favorite meets of the season where we have had some great results in the past. It also has the race where the little kids and the coach join the team for a fun run. We did have fun again this year, and we posted some impressive results.

Faith Caspers just missed out on a medal in this race last year, so her goal was to stay in the top-3. Faith paced the field through the woods early. After going up the big hill, three girls broke away with Faith running second. Faith fought off every attempt to pass her the rest of the way, and showed off her finishing speed to earn the 2nd place medal. Nice! Kayla Walters had another great race. She had a late surge at the finish to move up to 15th place. Grace Zinkgraf was caught running fast again as she added another good race to her impressive season. Lilly Rogowski was back with the DASH team for the day. She ran with Grace most of way and helped the team as our fourth scorer. Lilly does look good in yellow. Rebekah Marek passed countless people on the home stretch to move up and capture the 39th place ribbon. She has some speed. Mia Wickman pushed herself to a good race as she stayed ahead of Julianna Caspers. All seven of our girls finished in the top half. These girls are good.

The 6th and under boys were next. Daniel Caspers got ahead early to pace the DASH boys, with Leif Kostrzewa and Joshua LeSac keeping him in their sight. Leif impressed everyone as usual as he caught Daniel on the last loop to finish 20th, just ahead of Daniel. Both of these boys may have had there best races of the year. Joshua LeSac also earned a numbered ribbon, working hard for a great 29th place finish. Westley Marek started slow but looked strong at the end as he surged into our top-4. Joshua Anumolu was showing no effects of his recent illness and was having a great race, but he had a problem with his shoe that slowed him down coming in. He will be one to watch in our next few races. Elijah Anumolu struggled througout. He made it the finish, and will be getting some extra coaching before the next race.

Zipporah Caspers was able to run to a 15th place finish, but was not at her best. It will be good getting her to run with Faith in all of our upcoming races to spur her along. Gulla Kemmann found this course to be tough. Her effort was good enough for the 33rd place ribbon, which kept a smile on her face.

The hopes were high for our 7th and 8th grade boys team. We only ran four, so we needed everyone to have a good day. DASH star Christian LeSac was still feeling the effects of Monday’s race, but he ran with the leaders throughout. He did not have enough kick at the end to win, but he gave us a needed 3rd place finish.  Briton Kostrzewa was the next runner in to place fourth. Briton has not had a bad race yet, and always makes running fast look easy. With Christian and Briton in, now all eyes were on Joe Hughes and Samuel Zinkgraf. Joe and Sam were giving us all they had, running close to each other most of the way. They were still passing people on the home stretch in their valiant attempt to keep our team score as low as possible. Now we would have to wait to see if their 20th and 21st place finishes would be good enough to win.

The fun run was announced, so the DASH athletes, future DASH stars, and the coach took their places at the starting line. This is when the coach likes to race his team, after they have already run. The race started and many of the DASH athletes surged ahead of the coach. He was to use them as rabbits to push him along. When the big hill was reached, the coach made his move, passing DASH stars Daniel Caspers, Joshua LeSac, and Faith Caspers. But at this point Samuel Zinkgraf was making his usual charge and got ahead of the coach. The coach, unfazed, now used Sam as his rabbit. From here he ran behind Sam and a First Immanuel athlete to the home stretch. Now the race to the finish was on. The coach then put on a breathtaking surge of finishing speed, passing everyone within sight, including the coach who beat him last year. It was an amazing combination of racing tactics and pure speed on display. Then when the coach finally caught his breath, he transformed himself back into a great DASH fan and congratulated the rest of the DASH team that made it to the finish line after him. Another great day of DASH racing was in the books.

We did still have the award ceremony to get ready for. Faith Caspers was announced for her second place medal, but it was accepted by her mom as she was back at the fun run running with her sister Grace. Later Christian LeSac received a great DASH cheer as he accepted his 3rd place medal. Our team scores were very good. The 6th and under boys took fourth, and the 6th and under girls were 3rd, just five points behind 1st. It came down to two teams in the 7th and 8th grade boys race, with the DASH team yet to be called. To our disappointment we were the next team announced, taking 2nd place, just three points out of first. Oh, so close! We ran our best, so we have no regrets. We get to try again on Saturday.

Thanks to the parents for getting all the athletes up to Jackson. Thanks to Mary Beck and Jodi LeSac, our official scorers. Thanks to my wife getting the photos. They are especially good, and include pictures of the coach’s great finish. The season is passing by fast, but we are getting in peak form now. Now we have to stay healthy, and be ready for the big races ahead.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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