Archive for August, 2013

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school cross country team got their season started at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School last Thursday. This year’s team is young and very talented. It was time to see how they would fare against some other good teams. We had our ups and downs, but in the end we could say the team got off to a respectable start.

Brady Klaves made his DASH debut in the boys JV race. He would not be held back early as he raced out to an early lead. Things got more challenging later for Brady as the heat and the length of the race brought him back to the pack. Brady made it to the finish line and now has some valuable experience to help him in his races later this year.

We lined up a full team of seven in the boys varsity race. Ransom Nyhart went out with the leaders early as he likes to do. Ransom is looking to post some great results this season, and this was the first of them. He raced to a 12th place finish to give the team a solid start. Jacob Dickman was never far behind Ransom and gave us his usual smart, steady race to finish 15th. Only three teams had a better 2nd runner. With Ransom and Jacob running this well, and all the talent behind them, this team is going to be very good. John Sherman ran with Jacob at the start, but the heat made him slow down some. He worked hard to make it to the finish as our third runner in. Joe Hughes started easy and then moved up as the race moved along. In the end he was not far behind John. He is running smart, and it will fun to see how good he will end up. Matt Lange, with his easy stride, impressed everyone in his first DASH race. He never seemed to tire and finished just behind Joe. Samuel Zinkgraf gave us his usual strong effort picking up where he left off last year. He will get even better as the season goes along. Isaac Fredricks is another exciting DASH newcomer. The distance was a burden this time, but that will change with a few more races. The boys placed 7th in the team scores, just two points out of 6th. Very nice!

The girls were next. Andrea Beck’s training paid off for her as she ran as good as she ever has. She was the top sophomore to the finish line and placed 12th overall. Zipporah Caspers had a solid first mile, but then the heat got to her and she struggled to the finish in a disappointing 70th. She will definitely be better next time. Stefanie Klaves was a highlight for the girls. In her first cross country race she smiled her way to a better than expected finish. She was able to keep Zipporah in her sights the whole way. It is good we bumped her up to the varsity race. Amelie Kemmann was having a good race early, but fell and hurt her leg in the second mile. She made it to the finish, but the injury kept her from racing like she hoped to. Makayla Gergeni was not feeling well, but with a little encouragement she toed the start line and finished as our 5th girl. The team needed Makayla’s finish as Isabel Trewhella was not able to finish the race. The heat got to her. Overall the girls did not do as well as expected, but with a little more luck this team will end up being competitive. Fortunately, we have a lot of races ahead to make amends.

Thanks to all the parents that made the trek up to Jackson to see the race. It was great seeing everyone cheering on the team and socializing throughout. Thanks to the athletes for running in very difficult conditions. Fall is coming. Thanks to Faith Caspers for getting the photos. With a sore foot, she hobbled around and got plenty of action shots. Thanks to Ed Beck for assisting with the coaching. Things always run smoother when Ed is helping out. It is going to be a great high school season ahead. We need to keep practicing and stay healthy. Good things are going to happen.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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