DASH High School Track 2013 Kettle Moraine Lutheran Meet Report

Hello DASH familes,

The DASH high school track team was back in action last Thursday up north at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. It was the first meet of the season for most of the athletes, after having the last meet canceled. The athletes were a little nervous at the start, but later they loosened up and posted some stunning results. We left with smiles on our faces, remembering how much fun a good track competition can be.

The field events went first. We found a shot put for Renee Walters, and she threw it over 23 feet for a seventh place result to get the day off to a good start. The long jump girls were very tentative at getting ready. It was chilly and they were nervous. The first jumps were not very good, but all the girls jumped much better thereafter, with Amelie Kemmann leading the way with a 13’07” jump good for 4th place. Andrea Beck tried out the teams new discus. She got it spinning for over 71 feet before it landed, setting a new DASH record in the process. Hudson Nyhart had to long jump after he had run two events, but still managed an impressive jump of over 15 feet.

The 100 meter dash was first running event for the DASH team. We had three girls line up together in the 3rd heat for the girls. In a very close race, Andrea Coulter stayed just ahead of Makayla Gergeni and Renee Walters as they all posted respectable times. In the last heat, Amelie Kemmann lined up against all the fastest Slinger girls. Amelie did not get off to a great start, but in the end her speed proved too much for the rest of the field as she dashed to victory and a new DASH record. Hudson Nyhart raced to a top-10 finish in his 100 meter race to get the boys racing started. In the 1600 meters, Andrea Beck took the lead from the start and never let up. She crossed the line in an amazing 5:47 to give the team another win. Jacob Dickman lined up in the boys 1600 meters. He bided his time in second place through three laps, but saved enough to take command of the race in the last lap and win with a time of 5:11. The day was becoming special. In the 400 meters, Kristin Ulfeng was not feeling well, but she finished the race and gave the team an extra two points for her effort. Hudson Nyhart was placed in the last heat for the boys 400 meters. He passed a fallen athlete at the finish to capture 4th place with a good time of 1:00 in his best race of the day. Andrea Beck was back for an encore in the 800 meters, and an encore it was, leading from the start again and setting another DASH record. In the 200, Andrea Coulter made it to the start just in time and gave us another impressive race. She has really improved in the last few weeks. Makayla Gergeni looked especially fast in her race, regaining her form from last year. Amelie Kemmann exploded off the line in her favorite race and never looked back for another DASH victory, and yes, a new DASH record. Hudson Nyhart also got off to a good start and stayed strong to post a nice 8th place finish. Jacob Dickman displayed his great running form for eight laps in the 3200 meter race. He moved up late again to capture 2nd place with a great time of 11:36. Our girls 4×400 team finished off the day. Amelie Kemmann got us off to big lead, but the Slinger team put their best runners last and were able to pass us late and hang on to beat us by a second. The girls were fast, setting yet another DASH record.

Thanks to athletes for their good effort which made the meet so much fun to watch. The high school team has really rounded into form this year, and you could tell how much they impressed the DASH fans. Did I mention that our six girls scored enough points to finish 2nd in the team standings? Thanks to all the parents for getting the athletes to the meet and ready to race. And thanks to Zipporah Caspers for taking some very good photos. The meets will be coming up fast now, so we will have to enjoy the action while we can. You will not want to miss it.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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