DASH Cross Country 2012 Midwest Homeschool Championships Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The 1st annual Midwest Homeschool Cross Country Championships were held in Rochester, Minnesota last Saturday and six DASH athletes were there to compete. Thunderstorms were in the forecast, and we did awake to plenty of rain, but the thunder never came and the meet was started as planned.

The middle school race was first with the DASH team starting Zipporah Caspers and Faith Caspers. Faith got off to a good start and ran in about 5th place though the first maze loop. On the second loop through the woods she was able to show off her speed and move up to finish 4th overall. Zipporah stayed in the top-10 the whole way, but was hampered by a sore calf and settled for a nice 8th place finish. The girls got the team off to a good start.

The high school girls race was next, and unfortunately the rain really picked up as the girls were lining up. Andrea Beck got out fast, while Andrea Kempf slipped off the start. Andrea Kempf was able to move up quickly to the front by the end of the first hill, and she hit the maze in second place. She was within sight of first place the whole way, and stayed well ahead of third. She complained her hands were cold, but she never slowed and gave the DASH team an impressive 2nd place finish. Andrea Beck had to pass her glasses off to the coach midway through the race as the rain kept them too wet to see through. With glasses off, she moved up in the second half of the race, finishing strong and ending up in 8th place. Emily Caspers started pretty good, but ended up hurting her ankle. She hobbled in to a disappointing 30th place finish.

Zebulon Caspers was our lone representative in the boys high school race, and he got to run dry as the rain stopped. Zeb took a spill with another boy at about the mile mark down a hill, but he got up and ran hard to post a good result.

The athletes got to pick from an impressive display of snacks while they awaited the award ceremony. Actually, not much picking was done. The host Rochester team insisted our athletes take lots of everything. The rain was back as everyone settled in for the award ceremony. The DASH fans were heard from as Faith Caspers was called up to receive her 4th place medal, followed by Andrea Kempf for her 2nd place award. We said our goodbyes and left loaded down with food and medals for the trip back home.

Special thanks go out to the host Rochester team for their hospitality and hard work. The days events were very well planned and organized, although the middle school and high school girls courses did end up being a little longer than advertised. Everyone was friendly and easy to talk to, and the athletes were all very well behaved. This is a meet I would love to do again next year, and bring with me a bigger group of athletes and DASH fans. Thanks also to my mother, and Dawn and Greg Kempf for being our chaperones on this road trip. We got the athletes to bed on time. We have photos, including some from the Rochester photographer. to let you see how much fun we had.

We have one more championship meet left, our own Wisconsin Homeschool Championships at Greenfield Park. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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