Archive for May, 2013

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school track team competed in the Milwaukee Invitational meet last Saturday at Quad Park, Marquette High School’s track. The meet is now run by St. Joes with Marquette High School in charge of the timing. We were able to add the meet to the schedule only a week earlier, so we were unable to field our full team on a holiday weekend with such short notice. For those who could make it, the great weather and fast track made it a day to post some impressive results and take home a box full of medals and ribbons. The official results were given to us soon after the last race, attesting to how well this meet was run.

Field events went first and Grace Zinkgraf got the day’s first win with an 86 foot softball throw. Gulla Kemmann capped off her notable shot put season with a 2nd place throw. John Klaves had the best long jump placement of the day. He finished fourth with a jump of 11-08. Glenn Kabloskey had another great jump of 13-06 to place 5th. Christopher Fossell looked strong in his shot put throw and got a fifth place ribbon, and Samuel Zinkgraf flexed his muscles and threw the shot over 31 feet to capture the third place medal.

At this meet the running events start with the 1600 meters race. Julianna Caspers is now in form and running inspired. She led the 5th grade race until the final turn to win the 2nd place medal with a time of 7:20. Faith Caspers was in a fierce battle in the 6th grade race with a Holy Family girl. Faith crossed the finish line at 6:18, beating her personal record by over 20 seconds. Zipporah Caspers had her best time of the year as well, 6:42, to place 4th. In the 5th grade boys race, Daniel Caspers ran like he did at the end of cross country season as he led the whole way and gave the team its first running victory. Leif Kostrzewa ran great as usual and placed 4th. Joshua LeSac had his best race of the year, placing 2nd in the 6th grade race. In the 8th grade race, Christian LeSac led from the start and finished with a new p.r. of 5:23. Glenn Kaboskey got out fast and never let up, putting up a great time of 6:11 to place 3rd. In the 100 meters, Mary LeSac got to run. She smiled her way to a good time. Kayla Walters recorded our best finish of the day as she placed fourth in the 6th grade race. Hannah Schein and Samuel Zinkgraf filled in and raced to 5th place finishes in the 8th grade races. Grace Zinkgraf, John Klaves got the baton to Grace Dupar in the All-School Relay. Grace moved the team into a good position for anchor Samuel Zinkgraf. Sam got the team up to fourth, just missing third. Our 6th grade 4×400 team of Toria Schein, Grace Zinkgraf, Kayla Walters, and Faith Caspers got the 2nd place medals, as did our 8th grade boys team of Glenn Kaboskey, Joshua Anumolu, Samuel Zinkgraf, and Christian LeSac. In the 400 meters, Toria Schein ran a fast lap to earn the 4th place ribbon. Joshua Anumolu did a 1:12 which was good for 3rd place. Glenn Kaboskey edged Samuel Zinkgraf at the line by .02 seconds to capture 5th place. Grace Caspers got her chance to run in the 200 meters, joining Julianna Caspers and Mary LeSac in our kindergarten armada. She was able to keep up with the pack and looked good. Nobody has kindergarten athletes like the DASH team! In the 6th grade race, Kayla Walters showed off her speed again and posted a nice 4th place finish. Zipporah Caspers got a rare chance to run a 200 and won a 6th place ribbon. The 800 proved to be one of our best events. Faith Caspers broke 3 minutes in placing 2nd. Toria Schein looked great the whole way and earned 4th place. Zipporah Caspers had the best time of the day, 2:58, as she moved up late to take 4th. Daniel Caspers and Leif Kostrzewa raced to nice 3rd and 4th place finishes. Joshua Anumolu had some stiff competition, but he proved too strong in the end to give the DASH team another victory. John Klaves impressed us with his race and earned 4th place. Christian LeSac put on another show in his last middle school race, leading from start to finish again, to post yet another victory. Samuel Zinkgraf willed his way to an impressive third place showing to cap off his day. We fielded some good 4×100 teams. Daniel Caspers, Leif Kostrzewa, Elijah Anumolu, and Joshua LeSac battled to a fourth place finish. Grace Dupar, Gulla Kemmann, Zipporah Caspers, and Hannah Schein got the baton around the track in 1:03 to capture the 3rd place medals. Toria Schein, Kayla Walters, Grace Zinkgraf, and Faith Caspers still looked fast at the end of the day and earned 2nd.

The meet finished way ahead of schedule, and many of the athletes filled in and ran extra events, but we held up well. I love having this meet to complete our schedule. We get great times and everything always runs smoothly. Hopefully we can get it on the schedule earlier next year. Thanks to the parents who got the athletes to the meet on short notice. Thanks to Ed Beck who was there helping with the coaching. Thanks to the camera lady, who along with Jodi LeSac and Maria Walters, got us some great photos. Thanks to the athletes for running so hard and making it a great last meet. It was great to see all the personal records being set. That is the way to close out a season! The end-of-the-year party is all that is left. I hate to see the season end when we are running so good. We will have to make sure the good running continues in the fall for cross country. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The middle school track team was at Martin Luther High School for the annual Bulldog Dash. This two day meet was squeezed into one when they cancelled Friday night’s events. Unfortunately, the cancellation was not passed on to all the teams properly, so many of the DASH families still came on Friday night. We had to wait until Saturday to run fast.

We waited until about 9:00 for the heat sheets to arrive for the 100 meter race. Kayla Walters and Andrea Guidone led the way for the DASH team as they both made the cut to race again later in the 100 meter final. Stephanie Chu also had a great race, but finished in 9th place, just missing the finals. We fielded some very promising teams in the 4×400 and came out with some great results. The 8th grade boys were in a very competitive race. Danny Wickman, Glenn Kaboskey, and Alex Navin kept the team in good position for Christian LeSac, who sped past two other teams to claim the 3rd place ribbons. The 5th grade boys team of Foster Todd, Daniel Caspers, Leif Kostrzewa, and Wesley Evans overcame a dropped baton and a lost shoe en route to a nice 2nd place finish. The 8th grade girls team of Andrea Guidone, Lucretia Nyhart, Zipporah Caspers, and Hannah Schein all ran their best to also finish in 2nd. The team I have been waiting to see all season, Toria Schein, Kayla Walters, Faith Caspers, and Olivia Zyzo finally got together. Toria, Kayla, and Faith gave us a strong start and kept us in the lead through three laps, but the Montessori team was able to catch up to Olivia on the back stretch. After a few steps, Olivia sped off and won handily for an exciting DASH victory. We were able to put three girls in the 200 meter finals. Sophia Zyzo, Gulla Kemmann, and Andrea Guidone all had great races to earn the right to race again later. We thought we had Danny Wickman in the finals, but due to a scoring error he was later put in 10th place. More ribbons were won in the medley relay where the athletes run 100, 100, 200, and 400 meter legs. The 7th grade girls team of Gulla Kemmann, Olivia Zyzo, Faith Caspers, and Grace Dupar placed 6th in a very tough field. The 6th grade girls team of Abby Chu, Abigail Larkin, Kayla Walters, and Toria Schein claimed 5th place, and the 7th grade boys team of John Klaves, Christopher Fossell, Wesley Evans, and Joshua Anumolu moved up late to earn a hard-fought 3rd place finish. The cross country mile was one of the teams best events. Glenn Kaboskey and Daniel Caspers ran to 7th place finishes, as did Julianna Caspers, who displayed a great kick at the end and continues to improve with every race. Abigail Larkin ran strong and earned 5th place. Leif Kostrzewa put on an inspired late charge to claim 4th place, while Zipporah Caspers started strong and coasted in for 4th. Lucretia Nyhart showed how the 1600 meters is her best race as she ran to a 3rd place finish. Faith Caspers was our first girl to the finish line earning the 6th grade 3rd place ribbon. Christian LeSac set the pace early and ran in the lead pack throughout. In the end he battled to a 2nd place finish, way ahead of third. Andrea Guidone and Kayla Walters were next, both sprinting to impressive 5th place finishes in the 100 meter finals. It is nice to have so many good sprinters on the team this year. Our 4×100 relay times all placed. Our young 5th grade boys team of Daniel Caspers, Elijah Anumolu, Leif Kostrzewa, and Wesley Evans finished 7th. Olivia Zyzo, Abby Chu, Sophia Zyzo, and Faith Caspers, out 6th grade girls team, looked very fast as they ran to the 3rd place ribbons. The 8th grade girls team of Andrea Guidone, Simran Khunger, Zipporah Caspers, and Hannah Schein was equally impressive as they also ran to a 3rd place finish. In the 200 meter finals, Sophia Zyzo and Gulla Kemmann unfortunately were not at their best. It was their first time running in a final heat. Hopefully they will get to do it again. Andrea Guidone, running in her 5th race of the day, was able to keep her great day going with a strong 5th place finish in her 200 meter heat. The 800 meters was shifted from Friday night to the last race of the day. Fortunately there were plenty of DASH fans left to witness it, as the DASH distance runners put on quite a show. Leif Kostrzewa ran to an 8th place finish, edging Daniel Caspers at the finish. Glenn Kaboskey also posted an 8th place finish. John Klaves was a late write in, trying the 800 meters for the first time. He looked like a veteran as he held his place down the stretch to finish 7th. Hannah Schein finished 5th in a close 8th grade girls race. Simran Khunger came from way back in the last 100 meters to move all the way up to 3rd place, impressing all the DASH fans. Joshua Anumolu looked great as usual, posting a great time and earning a 2nd place finish. Zipporah Caspers led through one lap, and was able to hold off a charging pack at the end for a 2nd place finish. Faith Caspers had her sights on 2nd in the home stretch and made it there a step before the finish line to give the DASH team yet another 2nd place finish. Christian LeSac capped off the day of racing with a dominating win in the 8th grade boys race. He won by about 100 meters. The coaches were talking about his race after the meet.

John Klaves earned his first long jump ribbon with an 8th place jump. Danny Wickman’s jump was good for 7th place among the 8th graders. Foster Todd and Glenn Kaboskey both had 4th place jumps as they continue to excel at that event. In the shot put, Christopher Fossell had his best showing by far this year, with a throw good for 2nd place. Gulla Kemmann had no peer in the 7th grade shot put as she earned herself and the DASH team top honors.

We also had four athletes in the pentathlon. These athletes showed off their wide array of athletic talents, competing in the long jump, shot put or softball throw, 100 meter, 400 meter, and 1600 meter races. These events were very competitive this year as always, and our group held up very well. The 8th grade boys group was the biggest with about 14 athletes. Samuel Zinkgraf looked especially good in the running events and placed 9th. Joe Hughes never had a letdown all day and was able to capture 6th place. Joshua LeSac was in a tough 5th grade division. He gave his best in every event and gets a 7th place ribbon for his efforts. Grace Zinkgraf’s field events were especially good, and she also ran well in the 100 meters, giving the team some nice 3rd place points.

We ran hard and posted good results all day long. That is not easy to do, but we did it. While waiting for the ribbons after the meet I was able to get us into another meet for next week. I guess I want to see this team run some more. Thanks go out to Kenli Couppee for helping with the timing in the morning. Thanks to Ken and Lindy Zinkgraf for refilling the water cooler. We finished the day strong and I am sure that was one of the reasons why. Thanks to the LeSac’s for bringing their tent. It stays so much cooler than mine. Thanks to the camera lady, as well as Zipporah Caspers and Maria Walters for getting the photos. I thought they were good and posted a lot of them. Special thanks to all those who arrived on Friday night only to find out about the cancellation. Thanks for making the most of it and enjoying each other’s company. It is the families that make this team special. We are nearing the end of the season now. We are in shape and running well. Let’s stay healthy and finish on a high note.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH High School Track Team completed a memorable season last Monday at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf. This is our “conference meet” where we have finished our season every year, We have been very competitive in past years, but have been never been able to come out on top in the team scoring. This year we changed that as our girls scored enough points to be declared the winners! We went out on top.

In field events, Andrea Beck threw the discus far enough for a 2nd place finish. Renee Walters had a nice shot put throw good for third. Zebulon Caspers got the boys their first point with his shot put throw. Stefanie Klaves led a 2-3-4 girls long jump finish, landing her jump a little farther than Andrea Coulter and Makayla Gergeni. Hudson Nyhart had the jump of the day, 17 feet, to give us our first win of the day.

Stefanie Klaves, Renee Walters, and Andrea Coulter earned the first, second, and third place points, all running to season best times in the 100 meter dash to get our running day started. Hudson Nyhart put on his usuual late surge to pull ahead just before the finish to win a very close and exciting race. In the 1600, Jacob Dickman had to battle to the end, and post a season best time of 5:05, to post another DASH victory. Andrea Beck had a much easier time in her race as she paced herself to victory in 6:03. Our relay team of Andrea Coulter, Renee Walters, Makayla Gergeni, and Stefanie Klaves were the only girls entry in the 4×200. They ran well and gave the team some more needed points. In the 400 meters, Amelie Kemmann ran to DASH record, but was edged out by a Trinity girl for 2nd. Hudson Nyhart ran to a season-best time to capture second place as well. In the 800, Jacob Dickman and Zebulon Caspers ran with the lead pack through a fast first lap. Jacob finished in 2:24 which was good for third in this fast race. Zeb’s time of 2:30 was good for 5th. Andrea Beck ran solo again in her 800 giving the girls another victory. In the 200, Amelie Kemmann got ahead of that same fast Trinity girl she raced in the 400, and was very happy with her first place finish. Stefanie Klaves had a season-best 31.84 to take third, with Makayla Gergeni right behind in 4th. With little rest, Hudson capped off his big day by earning a 2nd place finish in his 200 meter race. That gave him two first place and two second place finishes for the day. A very nice way to end a season! Amelie Kemmann hurt her ankle at the finish of her 200 win, so we got to see Stefanie Klaves for the first time on the girls 4×400 relay team. Stefanie got the girls off to a great start. Renee Walters then ran a little extra by staying in lane 2 the whole way. Makayla Gergeni and Andrea Beck had some nice splits to finish off the day with another win.

We had so many good races, posted so many personal bests, and set so many team records, it is hard to believe this team fielded only nine athletes in all. The photos were able to capture some of the fun and memories. They were a picturesque group. Thanks to the picture lady once again. Thanks to all the parents who got the athletes to the meets and then cheered them on. Thanks to all those schools who invited our homeschool team to their meets. Not all our meets are close, but this was probably the best meet schedule we have ever had. It won’t be long until the track fun gets carried over to cross country season. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The middle school team was out in full force last Friday at Brookfield Academy. It was very cold, but we stayed just warm enough to run fast, have fun, and post some great results.

In the hurdles, Grace Zinkgraf put up a good time again, while Grace Dupar hurdled to our first victory of the day. Glenn Kaboskey arrived just in time for his race, and showed off some great form to win the 8th grade hurdles. It may have been our best hurdling day ever and it got the day off to an exciting start. Olivia Zyzo and Andrea Guidone showed off their speed in running to 3rd place finishes in the 100 meters. Kayla Walters also powered her way to a good time. Gulla Kemmann looked fast, but unfortunately received no official time.¬†Foster Todd and John Klaves had their best races of the day in the 100 meters, and Christian LeSac, in a rare chance to show off his paces in a short race, got a nice 4th place finish. In the 800 meters girls races, Zipporah Caspers posted the best girls time of the year to win her race. Hannah Schein and Faith Caspers were just a few seconds behind in posting 3rd place finishes. ¬†Simran Khunger, in her first DASH race, moved up late and finished with an impressive time of 3:05. She will be one to watch. For the boys 800, Leif Kostrzewa led Daniel Caspers and Joshua LeSac to the finish in the first race. At the front of the pack was Joshua Anumolu. Joshua got a big lead early and it only got bigger as he ran to an impressive DASH victory. He is exceeding all expectations now. Briton Kostrzewa was back running after a recent injury and looked good, while Joe Hughes and Samuel Zinkgraf ran hard as usual and posted good times as well. In the 200 meters, our exciting 5th graders, Stephanie Chu and Sophia Zyzo got the good results started. Abby Chu, Grace Zinkgraf, Grace Dupar, Gulla Kemmannv, and Andrea Guidone followed them up with their own impressive results in one the teams best showings ever in this event. Wesley Evans sped to a 3rd place finish for the boys. In a rare 200 meter attempt, distance runner Glenn Kaboskey looked fast and posted a good time. In the 400 meters, Olivia Zyzo paced herself to a 6th place finish. Simran Khunger followed that up with her own 6th place finish, while Toria Schein looked good in her best race of the day. Hannah Schein ran to a nice 2nd place finish in the 8th grade race. Wesley Evans showed off his impressive finishing speed, winning his 400 heat and placing 2nd overall. Joe Hughes matched Wesley, giving us another great 2nd place finish in the 8th grade race. Joshua Anumolu posted yet another 1st place finish among the 6th graders to cap off a good day for us in the 400. Our 6th grade 4×100 relay team was our best. John Klaves, Abby Chu, Olivia Zyzo, and Joshua Anumolu ran to a 4th place finish among the 9 teams. The mile was next. In the girls race, Faith Caspers and Zipporah Caspers ran to victories in their age groups, with Abigail Larkin finishing not far behind to place 4th. Julianna Caspers got some attention as she came in in under 8 minutes, earning a 3rd place among the 5th graders. Christian LeSac led from start to finish again in the boys race as he continues to be a star. Briton Kostrzewa and Glenn Kaboskey both posted good times as well.

In the long jump, John Klaves and Foster Todd jumped over 11 feet to place well among the 6th graders. Christian LeSac jumped to a 4th place 8th grade finish, while Glenn Kaboskey impressed with a personal best 13’11” to place 2nd overall. Nice! Simran Khunger leaped 10’11” in her first try at long jump, while Faith Caspers placed 2nd with a leap of over 11 feet. Gulla Kemmann gave us her usual great throws in the shot put. Joe Hughes, Samuel Zinkgraf, and Christopher Fossell showed off their strength for the boys with some nice results on their throws.

It was nice to see us field such a big team. It kept things busy, but it also helped keep the good results coming in. Thanks go out to Eileen Dupar for helping with the timing, and Jodi LeSac for helping in the long jump pit. Thanks to Mary Beck for relieving timers with frozen hands near the end of the meet The meet organizers were asking for volunteers and these DASH moms answered the call. It makes our team look good and is much appreciated. Thanks to Andrea Beck for taking the time to take the pictures as my wife had to stay home because of sickness and the weather. Zipporah Caspers also helped out with the pictures when she wasn’t running herself. The photos turned out great. Hopefully the girls made up for lost socializing time afterwards at Marty’s Pizza. I know I did. We have one meet left before we close the books on the season. It is time to prepare ourselves properly and finish well.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school boys team was seen at Oak Creek High School yesterday. It was an absolutely perfect day to compete, and the boys ran to many season-best times. We also got an unexpected cameo appearance from DASH star Amelie Kemmann in the middle of the meet which kept the DASH fans on their feet throughout.

Zebulon Caspers got the day started by throwing the shot put for the first time. He threw it over 27 feet in a strong effort. Shortly after Jacob Dickman and Ransom Nyhart lined up for the 1600 meter race. Jacob stayed with the lead pack in a fast first lap, before taking control of the race, winning with a season-best time of 5:08. Ransom, in his first race of the year, moved up on the last lap to earn a third place finish with a great time of 5:19. Earlier some St. Catherine girls were spotted running in the 100 meter race, giving the DASH fans the idea of having Amelie Kemmann, who was there to cheer the boys on, suit up and show off her paces. After a little coaxing, Amelie appeared wearing DASH yellow ready to compete in the 400 meters. She paced herself early before showing off her finishing speed. She was the first girl in and the clock had her timed at 1:05.6, good for a new DASH record! The DASH fans were hardly done cheering as Zebulon Caspers lined up for the 800 meters. Zeb ran a fast first lap and never let up, finishing with a time of 2:30. Then without any break, Zeb headed to the 200 meter start and ran that in 27.27, coming in 2nd in his heat. The 3200 meters was next and Jacob Dickman was our man. In a very tactical race, Jacob jockeyed for position with three Oak Creek athletes. In the end Jacob was the second athlete to cross the finish line with an impressive time of 11:22. Another day of great DASH racing was in the books.

Thanks go out to all the DASH fans for cheering on the boys and helping to get Amelie in uniform. Thanks to Kenli Couppee for getting Ransom to run, calling it an early Mother’s Day gift. Thanks to Pete Dickman for calling out splits and helping with the coaching. Thanks to DASH fan and photographer Zipporah Caspers for capturing the meet in photos. This exciting team still has but one meet left. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school track and field team participated in the big Mary Queen of Saints meet last Saturday. For various reasons, only two-thirds of the team was able to compete making it a struggle to get our events filled. We even ended up cancelling two relays. But when it was over, we took home a fat folder full of ribbons rewarding us for all the hard work we put in.

Field events were first. In her last attempt, Gulla Kemmann earned the team’s first ribbon with a shot put throw of over 24 feet for a third place finish. Joe Hughes also looked strong trying shot put for the first time. In the long jump, Hannah Schein, Faith Caspers, and Zipporah Caspers were all over 11 feet for the girls. Foster Todd jumped to an impressive 5th place finish with Wesley Evans also jumping to a top-10 finish for the boys

Gulla Kemmann posted the fastest 100 meter time of the day which earned her a place in the finals. Andrea Guidone also made it to the finals just as she did last year. Grace Dupar placed 9th overall, missing the final hear by just two-hundreths of a second. Wesley Evans tied for 8th place in his preliminary 100 meter heat. He actually missed out on the final heat because of a coin flip. In the 1600 meter races, Faith Caspers ran to a third place finish while posting the lowest DASH time of the day. Hannah Schein broke 7 minutes for the first time with a good last lap. For the boys, Leif Kostrzewa also broke 7 minutes for the first time. He is really looking good. DASH star Christian LeSac was too strong for the field, winning his 1600 meter race by 15 seconds! The 5th grade boys relay team posted the best result of the day. Foster Todd, Daniel Caspers, Joshua LeSac, and Wesley Evans carried the baton through four laps to post a nice 3rd place finish. The girls 8th grade team of Andrea Guidone, Lucretia Nyhart, Zipporah Caspers, and Hannah Schein put up a nice time of 5:13 coasting to 5th place, while the 8th grade boys team of Joe Hughes, Joshua Anumolu, Alex Navin, and Christian LeSac posted a time of 4:40 to take home the 4th place ribbons. We had one of our best ever all-school relay teams. Faith Caspers, John Klaves, Grace Dupar, and Joe Hughes ran a lap in just 1:01 to place 7th. In the 400 meters, Wesley Evans and Joshua Anumolu ran hard posting nice top-5 finishes. The team had a lot of success in the 200 meter races. Stephanie Chu arrived at the meet just in time to race in her heat. She got a good lead in the turn and held it to the finish to win her heat in one of the most exciting races of the day. Grace Dupar and Gulla Kemmann were back cracking the top-10 in the 7th grade races, and Andrea Guidone had the lowest time and her best showing of the day finishing 4th overall in the 8th grade race. John Klaves looked great placing 2nd place in his heat. The 800 meters was next, and our 6th grade distance duo of Faith Caspers and Abigail Larkin were back running laps and finishing top-10. Lucretia Nyhart proved again that the longer the better for her as she raced to a 3rd place finish with the best time among the girls. Hannah Schein and Zipporah Caspers also ran to top-10 finishes. Joshua Anumolu got around the pack early and powered his way to a 3rd place finish. Christian LeSac settled for a 3rd place finish with a great time of 2:29 in a tough 8th grade race, with Joe Hughes not far behind in 8th. Foster Todd, Elijah Anumolu, Andre Coulter, and Leif Kostrzewa got our 4×100 meter relays started, racing to a 5th place finish. Stepahnie Chu, Abby Chu, Kayla Walters, and Abigail Larkin looked fast while placing 2nd in their 6th grade heat. Our 7th grade girls team of Grace Dupar, Lucretia Nyhart, Faith Caspers, and Gulla Kemmann posted a great time of 1:05 to end the day of racing.

We were not at full strength, but we were still good enough to post some good results. Now it is time to practice hard and get ready for our last two meets. Thanks to the parents for making sure the athletes were there for their events. Thanks to Eileen Dupar and Kenli Couppee for being our timing volunteers. Thanks to the camera lady for getting the usual good photos. And thanks to all the great DASH fans who cheered the athletes on. It won’t be long until we get to do it again.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school track team ran yesterday at Waukesha South High School in a meet billed as an Old-Fashioned Track Meet. The athletes could pick and choose which events they wanted, and as many events as they wanted, with minimal interference from the coach. It was an opportunity to get in a few more relays and try out some new events. The meet definitely had a different feel than our normal high school meets, perhaps it was an old-fashioned feel as billed, but it did not lack any of the usual excitement that we have seen from this team.

Hudson Nyhart picked up where he left off last meet, putting up the best 100 and 200 meter times of the day, as well as the longest long jump. He keeps getting better each meet, and he needed to get better to edge Zebulon Caspers‘ time in the 200. It was Zeb’s first attempt at the distance, but it will not be his last. Jacob Dickman looked good again in the 1600, and followed that up by trying the 800 for the first time this year. He ran in the fast heat and was seen blowing by about five athletes down the stretch in one of the most exciting DASH races of the day.

The girls times in the 100 meters were good, but the cold weather kept anyone from getting season bests. In the 200, Amelie Kemmann led a strong DASH contingent by winning her heat by an amazing margin. It was Andrea Beck’s day to try the 3200 meter run for the first time this season. She was going for the DASH record, and succeeded in breaking it be 77 seconds as she ran to victory! No DASH record is safe with this team. Amelie Kemmann broke her own DASH record in the long jump with a leap of 14’5″. It was a very good long jumping day as Stefanie Klaves, Renee Walters, and Andrea Coulter also jumped to season bests.

In the 4×200 relay, Andrea Coulter, Andrea Beck, and Stefanie Klaves put us in a very close second place behind a strong South Milwaukee team. With anchor Amelie Kemmann awaiting her turn, our chances looked good. Then the South Milwaukee team’s last handoff was not clean and Amelie ran to an easy first place finish with a time low enough for another DASH record. A few minutes later, the girls lined up for the 4×100 relay. Andrea Coulter, Renee Walters, Stefanie Klaves, and Amelie Kemmann sprinted their way to a sub-minute finish, the first time that has ever been accomplished by the DASH high school team. Did I mention that this team is good?

Thanks go out to the parents, as usual, for getting all the athletes to the meet. The high school team has had to put in a lot of driving to get their meets, so thanks to the athletes for making it worthwhile. Thanks to the Waukesha South coaches for inviting us, and letting us borrow one of their baton’s. I forgot ours. Thanks to the Beck’s for inviting us over for some post-race festivities, including pizza. The DASH team is getting to like these meets close to the Beck’s house. Thanks to Zipporah Caspers for taking the very good photos. You will not want to miss them. Can you believe the high school season will be over in ten days? Time keeps slipping by. Enjoy it while you can.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school team was found Monday way down south at Westosha Central High School competing in a meet run by Shoreland Lutheran. We got a taste of this talented team last week. Now it was time for us to see what they could do for an encore. The weather was perfect, and the facilities top notch. There would be nothing to stop the good results from coming in.

Amelie Kemmann was the top seed in the 100 meter race and she did not disappoint, running to a DASH record 13.02 to get the DASH day started off right. Stefanie Klaves raced to a 6th place finish, edging Renee Walters who ran in the next heat. It was encouraging to see Stefanie and Renee running so fast. Hudson Nyhart burst out of the starting blocks in his 100 meter race spurring him to his best time of the year. The boys and girls all ran together in the 1600, which gave Andrea Beck some company as she stayed far ahead of all the other girls to notch another DASH victory. We ran Makayla Gergeni, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Coulter, and Stefanie Klaves in the 4×200 relay. They put up a great time and ended up winning after another team missed a handoff. Things were going our way. Hudson Nyhart powered his way to a 2nd place finish in the 400 meters with a personal best 58.59. Smashing the minute barrier is a goal achieved for Hudson. Zeb Caspers ran to a 6th place finish in his first DASH race of the season. With little rest, Andrea Beck was back for the 800 meters. She bided her time running in second until the last 100 meters where she took off for another victory. Amelie Kemmann led a strong DASH contingent in the 200. In the first heat, Amelie got a step ahead on the turn and never let up as she lowered her own DASH record. In the next heat four DASH girls toed the line in a race-off. They all stayed very close at the half-way point, but then Stefanie Klaves and Makayla Gergeni put the burners on and raced head-to-head all the way to the finish with Makayla just edging out Stefanie, lowering her time from last meet by over two seconds. Renee Walters and Andrea Coulter, along with Zipporah Caspers in the next heat, all broke 35 seconds in good races. Hudson Nyhart won his heat in the 200 and placed 4th overall with some inspired racing. The girls 4×400 team finished the racing day again. Renee Walters got the team off to a good start, and then Amelie Kemmann put the team into a lead that Makayla Gergeni and Andrea Beck would not relinquish, lowering their DASH record time from last week by six seconds. It was nice way to end the day of racing!

In the field events, Hudson Nyhart finally hit the sand after spending 15’6″ in the air, good for 2nd place. Andrea Beck was impressive again in the discus, this time with a third place throw of over 69 feet. The girls had to fit their jumps in between running events, but the results were good. Andrea Coulter, Zipporah Caspers, and Renee Walters all had their best jumps of the year. Makayla Gergeni put in a good 11’11.5″ jump, while Stefanie Klaves’ 12-06.5″ jump was good for 6th place. Amelie Kemmann’s jump of 14’01.5″ broke a long-standing DASH record, and left her in a tie for first place. That made it four DASH records in one day for Amelie, and combined with all the other great results was just enough for the girls to capture second place in the team standings, one point ahead of third.

It was another memorable performance by the DASH athletes. This team keeps the excitement going from start to finish. Thanks to the many DASH fans who made the trek to Kenosha. They outnumbered the athletes and really made their presence felt. Special mention goes out to great DASH fans George and Sarah Klapak, who were looking especially dashing in their designer DASH yellow apparel. Thanks also to legendary DASH photographer Kam Caspers who was back taking pictures. She has plenty of great photos of the DASH athletes and lots and lots of the DASH fans for everyone to enjoy. With this meet, the DASH Flickr photo site now has over 10,000 photos! With a meet this Thursday, it will not be long until we get to do it all again. Until then,

Take care,
Jim Caspers




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