DASH Middle School Cross Country 2012 Grade School Challenge Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school cross country team ran a select group of our best boys in the annual Grade School Challenge at Greenfield Park on Friday. This is an 8th grade and under meet that you have to qualify for. We ran the boys who have been running fast for us all season long. Our hopes were high that we would be able to post the best team score in DASH history.

Christian LeSac has been top-3 in every meet he has run this year, but this would be his biggest test of the season. Christian was up to the challenge, as he ran like a champion, even beating the one athlete who beat him last Saturday, to earn yet another top-3 finish! His legendary season continues. Briton Kostrzewa battled his way through the course and gave the team a much needed top-25 finish, thus earning himself a trip to the front at the award ceremony. A team is only as good as its 3rd and 4th runners, which is why the good races the DASH team received from Joe Hughes and Samuel Zinkgraf were so important. Joe and Sam ran together throughout as usual with Joe sprinting ahead of Sam at the finish. They put up great times. Only two other teams had four runners in at this point, so our chances for a trophy were looking good. Glenn Kaboskey was next in, running as our pusher and giving us a little insurance in case something happened to one of our first four. Glenn looked good and will be especially important to have him run fast at the WI Homeschool meet next week where they will count five.

It took a while for the results to come in. In fact, it was getting dark. We did achieve our goal of having the best DASH result ever at this meet, as the DASH team was announced as the 5th place team, missing out on fourth by just a few points. It was also a little disappointing as the trophies only go to the top-4. But all the boys had good days, and we did take two top-25 individual medals, so we have no regrets. For a team our size to be competing this strong against some of the best teams in all of Southeastern Wisconsin can only make you proud of the boys effort.

Thanks go out to coach of the day Jodi LeSac. Thanks to the picture lady who was there to take the great photos. Thanks to the DASH fans who cheered the boys on and waited patiently at the award cermony. I wish I could have been there to witness one of the great races in DASH history. It was good to know the race was left in good hands.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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