Archive for March, 2013

Hello DASH families,

The high school girls team got the DASH track and field season off to an early start last Saturday, participating in Waukesha South’s Peter Remke Cardinal Relays. We have never had a meet this early in the season before, and with the weather being so cold this month, it was actually the girls first time running on a track all season. Competing with four freshman in a varsity public school meet was bound to be a humbling experience, and it was. Yet valuable experience was gained and areas to work on were uncovered. This is going to be a very good team later in the season as we get in better shape and run against teams more our size.

Andrea Beck got the season off right with a new DASH record of 6:07 in the mile run. That is 16 seconds faster than her first race last year as she continues to lower her times from year to year. Look for that record to go much lower as the season progresses. The girls got to long jump for literally the first time all year. DASH newcomer Stefanie Klaves jumped to a team best 12’11.25″ in her debut at this event. With a little practice she may be challenging the DASH record soon. Makayla Gergeni also looked impressive coming in just 2 inches behind Stefanie. Renee Walters struggled in her first two attempts, but looked much better in her last two, jumping well past 11 feet. As soon as the girls were done jumping they were in the starting blocks for the 60 yard dash. Renee Walters got off to the best start of the threesome and was just able to hold off a surging Stefanie Klaves at the finish to claim a new DASH record in this event. We had two 6-lap relays left with all four girls participating. This is where our lack of practicing on the track was most noticeable. We are not yet able to maintain sprinting speed for long intervals. I look forward to the many 400 meter intervals we will be running in the coming weeks.

Overall I thought this meet was a great experience to be a part of. It gives us a look at how the best in the area are running, and that will hopefully inspire us to work hard and get faster each week. I thank Waukesha South’s coach Eric Lehmann for inviting us. Thanks also go out to Ed Beck who assisted in the coaching, and thanks to team ‘manager for the day’ Zipporah Caspers for taking the photos. Special thanks to the Beck family for inviting us over for lunch and fellowship after the meet. It was a great way to cap off another exciting day of DASH racing.

Take care,
Jim Caspers


Hello DASH families,

Our first practice is this Saturday, 9:15 AM at Hart Park in Wauwatosa. If there is still snow on the track we will practice on the bike path south of the track. Our second practice will be Thursday, May 14th at 6:15 PM. After that, we will be on our regular Tuesday, Thursday, 6:15 PM weekly schedule.

Here are some notes for parents and athletes about practices that I have revised from last year.

1. Dress in layers. T-shirt, sweat shirt and jacket. Bring gloves and maybe a hat. It can get very cold in the evening at Hart Park. The track is wide open and nothing blocks the wind.
2. You should bring a water bottle. The water fountains are not turned on yet.
3. I practice in any weather at Hart Park. It is up to you to decide if you want to come. Practice will be on; you do not have to call and ask. If it rains, bring appropriate clothing and expect to get wet. Running in a little rain can be fun.
4. If you cannot make practice because of another commitment, please run on your own. You can get a good workout running around the block or in your back yard.
5. Athletes, talk to the coach! Let him know of any injuries or concerns you have.
6. This is a running team. The coach will ask you to run when you are tired. And yes, you should run when the coach says it is time to run. Talk with the coach, ask questions, but do not complain. Remember it is fun to run. (And it can be fun to stop running, especially if you have left plenty of your teammates behind you.)
7. Practices are social events, a time to make friends, joke around, and have fun. But when the coach is talking it is time to listen, and then give your best effort.
8. Parents and younger siblings are always encouraged to participate. We often do “little kid” relays at the end of practices that everyone is welcome to get into. The DASH team loves its relays!

I look forward to seeing all the DASH families again, and meeting a few new ones this week. Please tell your friends about the team, and encourage them to check us out. We should have a good team again this season. I am getting excited!

Take care,
Jim Caspers

  • Cross Country 2016

    The 2016 DASH girls cross country team: Zipporah Caspers, Kayla Bruton, Jessy Homa, Abby Chu, Rebecca Dickman, Katrina Lipski, Kayla Walters, Ella Johnson, Faith Caspers, Alivia Kempf.

  • The 2016 DASH boys cross country team. Front: Cliff Yang, Tim Kowalinski, Joe Maurer, Brian Durbin, Caleb Schaber, Justin Chu. Back: Ben Hughes, Joshua Schaber, John Klaves, Joshua Anumolu, Zachary Werner, Zach Pape, Miles Talbert, Seth Holter, Vincent Maurer, Samuel Zinkgraf.

  • The 2016 DASH MS girls cross country team. Grace Caspers, Stephanie Chu, Savanna Bruton, Hellena Hacker, Mary LeSac, Heidi Talbert, Julia Kowalinski, Joy Rasch, Julianna Caspers, Jenna Walters, Alexa Bruton.

  • The 2016 DASH MS boys cross country team. Front: Josiah Chu, Seka Kostrzewa, Nathanael Chu, Micah Chan, Silas Johnson, Noah Caspers, Charlie Johnson. Back: Alexander Taylor, Joshua Lipski, Joshua LeSac, Kaden Hacker, Bryant Farrell, Leif Kostrzewa, Daniel Caspers.

  • Track 2016

    DASH HS 4x1600 Relay Winners. Boys: Drake Hacker, Justin Chu, Briton Kostrzewa, Jacob Dickman. Girls: Zipporah Caspers, Faith Caspers, Kayla Walters, Andrea Beck.

  • Rebecca Dickman, Emma Taylor, Katie Gorectke, Stephanie Chu.

  • Cross Country 2015

    2015 Bradley Tech Cross Country Champions: The 1st place DASH boys: Lucas Ebel, John Klaves, John LaBonte, Joshua Schaber, John Sherman, Joshua Anumolu, Ben Hughes, Tim Kowalinski, Joe Maurer, Drake Hacker, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joe Hughes, Jacob Dickman, John Kowalinski, Will Farrell. the 2nd place DASH girls: Margaret Serchen, Kayla Walters, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Beck, Faith Caspers, Renee Walters, Kayla Bruton, Jessy Homa.

  • The DASH girls middle school team. Front: Mary LeSac, Grace Caspers, Hellena Hacker, Julianna Caspers, Zaela Schlissel. Middle: Julia Kowalinski, Anabel Fisher, Savanna Bruton, Stephanie Chu, Angela Walters. Back: Naomi Zhou, Emma Taylor, Katie Gorectke, Makenna Fisher, Jenna Walters.

  • The DASH middle school boys team. Front: Vince Maurer, Jeffrey Breiling, Leif Kostrzewa, Caleb Schaber, Seka Kostrzewa, Alexander Taylor, Noah LaBonte. Middle: Ethan Lindberg, Micah Chan, Jose Rosario, Joshua LeSac, Adam Loustaunau, Salim Lubbad, Kaden Hacker, Nathanael Chu, Jacob LaBonte, Ben Breitbach. Back: Daniel Caspers, Joshua Lipski, Tikvah Schlissel, Bryant Farrell, Christian Loustaunau, Ed Sherman, Peter Chan, Matthew Kowalinski.

  • Track 2015

    2015 High School Track. Front: Andrea Coulter, Stefanie Klaves, Renee Walters, Jessy Homa, Bekka Homa, Nina Smrecek, Johannah Lee, Kayla Bruton, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Beck. Back: Jacob Dickman, Jeremy Marek, Justin Chu, Nicholas Funk, Noah Evans, Samuel Lee, Danny Wickman. Missing: Tommy Ebert, Joe Hughes, Samuel Zinkgraf.

  • Cross Country 2014

    Bradley Tech Champions - 2014

  • Cross Country 2013

    Midwest Homeschool Champions - 2013

  • Track 2013

    Front : Abigail Larkin, Sophia Zyzo, Grace Caspers, Julianna Caspers, Grace Zinkgraf, Elijah Anumolu, Daniel Caspers, Leif Kostrzewa, Wesley Evans, Mary LeSac, Andre Coulter, Abby Chu, Grace Dupar, Gulla Kemmann. Back: Danny Wickman, Lucretia Nyhart, Mia Wickman, Faith Caspers, Toria Schein, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Guidone, Olivia Zyzo, Toria Schein, Christian LeSac, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joshua LeSac, Joshua Anumolu, Kayla Walters, John Klaves, Christopher Fossell, Joe Hughes, Glenn Kaboskey. Missing: Stephanie Chu. Simran Khunger, Foster Todd, Briton Kostrzewa, Alex Navin.

  • Cross Country 2012

    Wisconsin Lutheran College Warrior Invite 7th-8th grade champions: Briton Kostrzewa, Christian LeSac, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joe Hughes.

  • Track 2012

    Amelie Kemmann, Andrea Kempf, Andrea Beck, Sarah Klapak

  • Cross Country 2011

  • Cross Country 2009

    Andrea Beck, Lucreitia Nyhart, Faith Caspers, Zipporah Caspers. Coach Jim Caspers and Ed Beck in back.

  • Cross Country 2004

    Legendary race - Maitland Park This is where it all began.