DASH Middle School Cross Country 2013 WCHSA Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school cross country team was found competing at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School on Monday. The meet was hosted by WCHSA, and is the first of two meets scheduled for this 2500 meter course. Twenty other teams were there, including four big public school teams. The weather was perfect to run to some good results, and the team proved ready.

This is the day we have been waiting for, the debut of a few more of our fast first grade girls. Grace Caspers and Mary LeSac came ready to run in their first cross country race. Angela Walters was given a DASH jersey at the meet when she also decided to run. The girls joined Maddy Schneider and DASH veteran and fellow first grader Julianna Caspers to give us a very young and very exciting 6th and under girls team. Julianna Caspers went out fast with the plan of keeping the leaders in her sight the whole way. She went down the hill in about 7th place and was going stride for stride with the top girls in the race. When she came back up the hill, Julianna had moved up to 4th place and was still looking strong. She headed for the finish line with a pack of 7 girls just a few steps behind. Could a first grader hold off such a pack? Oh, yeah! Julianna showed off her finishing speed and was never threatened. The 4th place medal was hers. The other DASH girls were also running well. Angela Walters had an amazing first race as she ran hard the whole way and finished in 61st place. I know Angela can run, but she did much better than anyone expected. She is a star in the making. Maddy Schneider had one of her best races and is really starting to compete now. Maddy was pushed along by Grace Caspers and Mary LeSac who ran together the whole way. They got tired, but just kept pushing to the finish, staying ahead of about thirty athletes. It will not be the last we see of these two future stars.

We ran a very young 6th and under boys team as well. Third grader Leif Kostrzewa led the boys through the course, finishing in 29th place. Leif is young, but he has settled in as one of our best and most reliable runners. It took a while for Daniel Caspers to get going, but he moved up late to be our second runner in. I am still looking for him to have a breakout race soon. Joshua LeSac had a very nice run, and finished just two spots behind Daniel in 40th place as he continues to improve. Seka Kostrzewa never slowed down as usual and gave us another great result. He is only 5 years old, but I was counting on him to finish where he did. He is that good, and really kept our team score down with his effort. Noah LaBonte had his best run of the season. It is very encouraging to see him improving the way he has. A runner that people are starting to talk about is Elijah Anumolu. He is really looking good now, and the distance of a cross country race is becoming routine for him. Jacob LaBonte is running good in spurts. It won’t be long until he puts a great race together.

We fielded a very strong team in the 7th and 8th grade girls race and they did not disappoint. Faith Caspers stayed in medal contention throughout. The competition was very good this year, but Faith battled to the end and put her claim on the 10th place medal. Sammie Ronge kept Faith in her sights the whole way, and really ran well at the end to give us a second top-15 result. DASH veteran Kayla Walters always gives us a good result. Her effort was good for 31st. Grace Dupar backed up her medal winning race with another good one. All four of these girls are having great seasons. Gulla Kemmann had a good start, but slowed at the end. Running by the track maybe had her dreaming of her MVP track season.

Our big guys, John LaBonte and Joshua Anumolu lined up in the largest race of the day, the 7th and 8th boys race. Joshua put together another great run. The progress he has made in one year is amazing. John LaBonte has improved his form and is also posting some great results. They both finished in the top 30 percent which bodes well for the championship races ahead where these two will lead our young team.

The team results were called out and our 6th grade boys team had placed 6 out of 13 team that scored, and were 3rd among the non-public schools. Next year will be a big one for the boys. The 7th and 8th grade girls were 4th and were only beaten by the big public school teams. Our little girls team finished 8th and have plenty of years ahead to improve on that. We had a very good day, and I felt even better about it after looking over the results. We have a chance to be near the top in all the meets ahead, so we have to stay ready.

Thanks to the parents who got the athletes up to Jackson ready to run. Thanks to the athletes for giving great effort and being great DASH fans when they were not racing. We have a lot of photos of the athletes cheering each other on. Thanks go out to Zipporah Caspers who was the team photographer. Thanks to Ed Beck, Mary Beck, and Kam Caspers for doing the scorekeeping, getting the cards, and helping everything go according to plan. We are in October now and where we want to be. We need to maintain our health and conditioning to be at our best in the races ahead. It is turning out to be another good year for the middle school team. We will soon find out just how good.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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