DASH Middle School Cross Country 2012 Brookfield Academy Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school cross country team was at Brookfield Academy Tuesday. It was their smallest meet of the year, but one that is always very competitive. The course turned out to be a little longer than advertised, 1.8 miles, so it was a good test and a good tuneup as the team prepares for the big meets coming up.

All the girls ran together again this race, and 6th grader Faith Caspers was patient at the start and moved up slowly to come out of the woods in 2nd place. She took a wide turn when she hit the track letting the girl behind her catch up so she had to settle for 3rd place, but it was another great finish for Faith as she again led the DASH team. Abigail Larkin is looking in peak form as well as she kept her eye on Faith throughout and was the next runner in to take 4th. Zipporah Caspers started well, but could not maintain it as she dropped back in the pack to finish 11th. Alivia Kempf, Julianna Caspers, Mia Wickman, and Rebekah Marek all stayed close through the long course, until finally giving each other a little space before the finish. Amazing Julianna Caspers led the group in as she sped ahead coming out of the woods to the cheers of the DASH fans. The always improving Mia Wickman came in next as she gave us another good race. Rebekah Marek looked much better this race as she came in right after Mia, and Alivia Kempf gave us another nice showing coming in right after Rebekah. Gulla Kemmann started walking about 50 meters from the finish to the amazement of the DASH fans. After she finished we found out why as she left some of her lunch at the edge of the track. She obviously gave us her best effort. Grace Zinkgraf was not feeling well and it showed as she was our last runner in. She will get another chance next week to cap off her great season.

DASH star Christian LeSac took the lead going into the woods and kept it the whole way as he beat the field by about 100 meters, giving him his second victory in a row. Briton Kostrzewa showed us his mettle as he came in to the finish right behind two other athletes. It was a sprint to the finish, with Briton edging one of the boys to end up 3rd overall, just out of 2nd. Titus Kostrzewa donned the DASH yellow for the first time this year and he caught everyone’s attention. He came sprinting out the woods and kept it up to the finish to earn himself a 9th place finish. Joe Hughes beat Samuel Zinkgraf this time as they both stayed together the whole way to finish right behind Titus. Glenn Kaboskey was back giving us yet another good run. We will need him to have an even better race next week. Daniel Caspers and Leif Kostrzewa had another good battle. They arrived at the track going stride for stride with Daniel just edging Leif at the end this time. These two are putting up impressive times for their ages. Joshua LeSac was able to stay ahead of Joshua Anumolu again as they both continue to run well. Danny Wickman was back. He came out the woods, heard the DASH fans, and sped up to the finish. Westley Marek struggled a little on the long course, and Elijah Anumolu took a spill in the woods, but looked good at the finish to complete an impressive day for the boys.

The camera lady got the pictures, and Mary Beck recorded the scores. Thanks to them both. Thanks also to the parents who again got everyone to the meet on time and ready to run. The regular season is over. We have only championship racing left. You will not want to miss it.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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