DASH Middle School Cross Country 2013 Lake Denoon Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The 2013 edition of the DASH middle school cross country team got its season started yesterday at Lake Denoon Middle School. The team has a lot of promising new athletes this year, and it was great to finally see them in meet conditions. Unfortunately, it was probably the warmest day for a meet in DASH history. But when it was over the team had posted plenty of good results, and had held its own among some of the best teams in the area. It looks like this team is going to be a good one.

In the 7th and under girls race, one of our new stars, Sammie Ronge, had the best girls time of the day in her first DASH cross country meet. I think she will be even better as the season goes along and is one you will want to keep your eye on in the meets ahead. Faith Caspers is coming back from a toe injury and was hardly running her best, but she gave the team another good score with her 40th place finish. Not far behind was an inspired Kayla Walters. She made the coach proud with her strong effort. Julianna Caspers proved that she will be one of our top runners this year despite her age. She battled her way to a 69th place finish in a race of 288 athletes. Abigail Larkin is running much better of late and she came in just after Julianna. Having Abigail running well will be one of the keys to our success this season. Alivia Kempf had one of her best races ever. Let’s hope we see a lot more of her the rest of the way. Maddy Schneider held up OK on the hot day. She is slowly getting better each week. Mary LeSac gave it a go, but decided to save herself for some later meets where we will need her.

Lucretia Nyhart was back running well despite little training in the 8th grade race. We need to keep the former MVP inspired this season. Grace Dupar wilted some in the heat but finished with a respectable time. She is going to be good this year and is another one to watch. Gulla Kemmann was one who did not like the heat and needed some extra cheering at the finish to finally show off her speed.

Our revamped boys team was led by track star, now cross country star, Joshua Anumolu. Joshua set a torrid pace throughout and was able to capture a medal for his efforts. Last year in this same race he was 148th; this year 13th. He makes the coach look good. John Klaves is another star in the making. In just his first cross country race, he ran like a veteran to earn the 40th place ribbon. Leif Kostrzewa proved he was saving his best racing for the meets. He moved up throughout the race to be our third runner in. Daniel Caspers had a solid first race to come in not far behind Leif. Ed Sherman looked good in his first race. He has a lot of potential and is one who should get better as the season goes along. Joshua LeSac had a very average race for him. He will have many very good races before the season is done. Noah LaBonte struggled in his first race. With a few more practices and a little less heat, he will be moving up. Elijah Anumolu showed much improvement from last year which is very encouraging, and Jacob Labonte rounded out the DASH 7th and under team. He is very young and has some good speed.

John LaBonte was our representative in the 8th grade race. He has run very well in practice, but the long wait for his race in the heat affected him some. Still he was able to earn the 48th place ribbon.

The team is very different from the last few years and it has been hard to gauge how the team was coming along. Now after seeing them race, we have had a lot of questions answered. This will be another exciting middle school team! Practicing hard and staying healthy will be the keys from here on.

Thanks to all the families that came out to cheer on the hot day. Thanks to Ed Back and the others who helped me get the athletes to the start and ready to race. Thanks to Mary Beck for being our scorekeeper. Thanks to Natalie and Prasanta Anumolu for collecting the cards at the chute. Thanks to Andrea Beck and Michael Schneider for taking some great photos. Kudos to all the athletes for giving great effort in the heat without any complaints. We have a lot of great meets left. It is going to be fun.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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