DASH Middle School Track 2013 University Indoor Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school track team ran in the warm indoors last Saturday at UW-Milwaukee in the University Indoor meet. With thirty-one teams competing, it was once again to be our biggest, most competitive meet of the year. We had our established stars leading the way as expected, but we also got to see our new stars in action for the first time which really kept the excitement going throughout the 11 hour day. The following report touches on just some of the highlights.

Danny Wickman got the long day started, He put his speed on display to pace the team in the 50 meter race, and also looked impassable in his 400 meter race. The 800 meters was next and it turned into the boys best event of the day. Christian LeSac led a breakaway on the third lap of his race and finished in an amazing 2:25 to place 2nd overall. Samuel Zinkgraf edged Glenn Kaboskey in the final meters of the same race with both looking strong. Briton Kostrzewa woke up sick, but decided later to race. You would have never known he was not 100% as he dominated his heat. New DASH star Joshua Anumolu gave us one of the most exciting races of the day as he used his long stride to finish an easy 2nd in his heat. He will be one to watch as the season progresses. J.R. Wilson and Alex Navin looked good in the 200 meters, both wearing DASH yellow for the first time. Christopher Fossell keeps improving every year and has never looked better. John Klaves was another bright spot as he was caught flying around the turns. Andre Coulter and Elijah Anumolu have really improved over the last month and it showed in their 200 meter races. Christian LeSac hurt his leg some at the end of his 800 meter race, but was still able to coast to a 4th place finish in the 1600. For you newcomers, that’s what returning MVP’s do. Daniel Caspers and Leif Kostrzewa were both coming off recent illnesses, but were able to gut our some respectable times in the 1600 meters, and Joshua LeSac gave us his usual great finish in both his 400 meter race and the 5th grade relay.

It was close to 3:00 PM before we got to see the girls race, but it was worth the wait. The team was missing many of its best distance runners, so it was a day for the girls to put their speed on display. We had ten girls in the 50 meter race, and they all ran amazing. Andrea Guidone ran the fastest of them all, but there was some confusion over her time. When things were cleared up she was one of the eight 8th grade girls to get a ribbon. Gulla Kemmann was near the front of her heat for the 7th graders and is really running well. Grace Zinkgraf looked fast and showed us how much she has improved in the last year in her 50 meter race. Kayla Walters edged Mia Wickman and Abby Chu, all running in the same heat and with all of them posting nice times. Olivia Zyzo proved to be the fastest of all the 6th graders in her race. Stephanie Chu is another one of our exciting new runners that looked great in the 50 meter race. DASH newcomer Grace Dupar ran a very strong race in the 200 meters. We have only seen her a week, but she has already improved a lot. Sophia Zyzo really ran hard in her race and finished with a great time that got the coach smiling. The relays are particularly tough at this meet, but our 7th grade relay team was able to meet the challenge. Gulla Kemmann, Faith Caspers, Kayla Walters, and Olivia Zyzo combined for an impressive 6th place finish. Our 5th grade team was the youngest team in the field. Kindergarden aged twins Julianna and Grace Caspers teamed up with Stephanie Chu and Sophia Zyzo. The handoffs were not so good, but Julianna and Grace proved to be fan favorites. After the race they could hardly get a drink of water as the mob crowded around them. The 1600 meter race was next, and DASH veteran Faith Caspers went out with a breakout lead pack of three girls early. She fell back to third before the final lap, but a late surge at the end got her into 2nd place. Faith ran a smart race, but she got a little help from two girls that were getting lapped that blocked the way of her competitor. Abigail Larkin also ran the 1600 but did not run like the Abigail we know. Look for her to bounce back next month. She is one of our stars. Olivia Zyzo had a long time to think about her 400 race. It did not start until about 7:00. She proved to be ready as she burst off the starting line and into first place. She held a considerable lead through the first two laps and had all the DASH fans that were left were on their feet. She was finally caught with about 100 meters to go, but posted a great time of 1:15. When all the heats were done, she had finished 4th. An amazing finish for someone running the 400 for the first time.

Our longest meet was over and the coach’s high expectations were met. It has been a hard season so far to get into racing shape with the weather being so cold and wet, but we have persevered and now have a successful race under our belt. It feels good. We can be proud of our efforts, but there is still more training to be done. The faster you run the more fun you have, so let’s plan on working hard and having even more fun.

Thanks go out to the DASH parents who were remarkably patient throughout the long day. Special thanks to the Wickman and Zinkgraf families. They are the families besides my own that have boys and girls on the team, making it a doubly long day. Grace Zinkgraf’s 400 was the last DASH race of the day, so extra special thanks to the Zinkgraf’s. Thanks as always to Ed Beck who was there helping with the coaching and also volunteering with the timing. Thanks to the athletes for running hard and being readily available for me to find them and get them lined up for their races. Thanks to Andrea Beck and Samuel Zinkgraf for being the team photographers. This is a hard meet to get good pictures, but they came out OK. The next meet is on Tuesday. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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