DASH Middle School Track 2013 WI School for the Deaf Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school track and field team competed against two small teams yesterday at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf. In many events only yellow jerseys were seen, giving the meet an intramural feel. Racing your teammates is fun, and the meet was hardly lacking intensity as the fast times we posted attest.

With the sun shining, the meet started with field events. Zipporah Caspers cleared 3’10” in the high jump to be the DASH team’s first winner. Leif Kostrzewa led the DASH boys to discus victory in his first try ever at that event. Samuel Zinkgraf was the class of our young shot put team, taking a close 2nd place, while Gulla Kemmann showed off her muscles with a 24′ 9 1/2″ throw to win by a foot and a half. That was a really good throw! Hannah Schein led a strong girls long jump team as she edged Olivia Zyzo by just half an inch to claim 1st place. One of the longest standing DASH records is the boys long jump, but it is definitely in jeopardy of being broken this year. Danny Wickman, Glenn Kabosky, and Christian LeSac’s jumps were all just inches away from the record. Danny’s jump topped out at 14’0″ to win the event. Did I mention we have not practiced long jump yet this year?

Our own Grace Dupar and Grace Zinkgraf got the running events started. They jumped over the hurdles in a very close race with Grace Dupar edging Grace Zinkgraf at the finish. In the 100 meters, Andrea Guidone stayed ahead of Gulla Kemmann in a 1-2 finish. Wesley Evans and Foster Todd both looked fast in their first DASH race to pace the boys team. The 1600 was next. Faith Caspers pulled away on the last lap to win, while Hannah Schein held off Zipporah Caspers for 2nd place and a DASH sweep. The boys race was amazing. Christian LeSac had a season best 5:35, with Briton Kostrzewa clocked at 5:53 right behind. Glenn Kaboskey held off Samuel Zinkgraf for third with both guys lowering their personal bests by at least 20 seconds. The 4×200 relay was next. Our girls teams were both very good with Gulla Kemmann, Kayla Walters, Grace Dupar, and Andrea Guidone topping Toria Schein, Mia Wickman, Sophia Zyzo, and Grace Zinkgraf. It was the big guys against the little guys next. Danny Wickman, Glenn Kaboskey, Briton Kostrzewa, and Christian LeSac raced to victory, while our team of Andre Coulter, Joshua LeSac, Christopher Fossell, and Foster Todd came in 2nd. Our young girls team in the 400 meters was especially impressive. Olivia Zyzo matched her time from Saturday in another great race, while Kayla Walters and Toria Schein were right behind with impressive times of their own to give the DASH team another sweep. J.R. Wilson ran to a team best 1:06 for the boys, while Danny Wickman and Samuel Zinkgraf both looked strong to finish right behind. The girls 4×100 relay was the closest relay of the day as we fielded two very strong teams. Gulla Kemmann and Grace Dupar put their team in the lead at the half way point, staying slightly ahead of Hannah Schein and Olivia Zyzo, but the duo of Zipporah Caspers and Faith Caspers proved too strong for the younger Sophia Zyzo and Mia Wickman in the second half as they ran to victory. In the boys 4×100 race, Wesley Evans, John Klaves, Samuel Zinkgraf, and J.R. Wilson got ahead early and stayed there, beating our younger team of Leif Kostrzewa, Daniel Caspers, Christopher Fossell, and Foster Todd. The girls only ran two in the 800 meters with Hannah Schein again staying ahead of Zipporah Caspers in a close race. For the boys it was a rerun of the 1600 with the trio of Christian LeSac, Briton Kostrzewa, and Glenn Kaboskey pounding out another two laps and giving the team another sweep. The 200 meter race was the most competitive among the three teams, and it was fitting it was placed last on the schedule. For the girls, Andrea Guidone was the class of the field once again, with Grace Dupar winning her heat and edging Faith Caspers and Kayla Walters for 3rd place. The closest race of the day was saved for last. The WI School for the Deaf’s Alex Kronforst came around the turn slightly ahead of the DASH team’s J.R. Wilson and Danny Wickamn. J.R. started closing in on Alex, but Danny could not find his legendary closing speed and dropped back. Alex was just able to hold on, crossing the finish line a fraction of a second ahead of J.R. It was a great race to cap off another fabulous day of DASH racing!

Thanks to all the parents for making the trek out to Delavan. It is good to have a smaller race on the schedule and its flattering that the WI School for the Deaf invites us year after year. I hope it proved to be worth the drive. Thanks for all the work the WI School for the Deaf did to organize the meet and get everything ready for us. Thanks to Andrea Beck for being team photographer again. Be sure to check out the photos. The team is where I hoped it would be at this point in the season. Now we have a few weeks to get in some practices and get ready to run even faster at the next meet. Let’s hope we see some more nice weather.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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