DASH Middle Scholl Cross Country 2013 WLC Warrior Invite Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The middle school cross country team ran at our practice field, Greenfield Park, today in a meet hosted by Wisconsin Lutheran College. Plenty of fog was seen upon our arrival, but the rain was held at bay. Twenty-two athletes ran with DASH yellow jerseys, the same jerseys that have had such great success in the past at this meet. This year we took home no medals, but we posted some great results from some key people which gives us a good feeling about our chances in the key meets that will be coming up fast in the next two weeks.

All the girls ran together for the first time since Mayville, keeping the racing among our own athletes very competitive. Faith Caspers led the way from start to finish once again to pace the DASH girls. While she is running fast, she is still looking to put one of her great races together. Hopefully, we will be seeing one very soon. Sammie Ronge was pushed by Rebecca Dickman early, but Sammie put on a late surge to move up to finish just two spots behind Faith. Rebecca was back with the DASH team and ran very well like she always has for us. She was our first 6th and under girl to the finish, and showed us what she can do to help the team in its championship meets ahead. Grace Dupar and Kayla Walters battled each other the whole way, pushing each other to some of their best racing of the year. I was especially excited seeing Grace and Kayla compete like they did. Julianna Caspers ran like she has all year. She gives her best each time and is very consistent, but this time she could not crack our top-5 which tells me the girls ahead of her are speeding up. Lucretia Nyhart ran pretty well, and finished just a step behind Julianna this time. She is a key runner in our next two races. Simran Khunger was able to make the race. She teased us with a great race, but has hardly reached her potential yet. Hopefully we will be seeing more from her soon. Mary LeSac proved to be the fastest of our three new 1st graders this time out. She looked much more comfortable this time out. Grace Caspers edged Angela Walters. They went stride for stride with each the whole way. Overall, the girls team is running well and is peaking at the right time,

Joshua Anumolu got off to a fantastic start and continues to be our number 1. He faded some in the woods, but was able to finish strong. John Klaves was at his best in this race. He went out faster than I thought he should, and proved me wrong by keeping his sizzling pace to the end. John is moving up and is one to watch. If he races like that again, I will get him a new shirt. John LaBonte struggled early, and never seemed to get back to speed. Hopefully it was the morning race, and will bounce back. Leif Kostrzewa was as impressive as John Klaves. Leif moved up into a good position early and pushed hard all the way to the finish. Leif ran smart and fast, a very good combination. Joshua LeSac was another one who ran well. He faded some in the middle of the race, but recovered to post a good result. Daniel Caspers got out slow again and is just not running as well as he can. He missed Mr. Beck’s practice, but he won’t this week. Seka Kostrzewa ran his best race yet. He is always seen running hard, and has become a fan favorite. Noah LaBonte had a good first loop, but then tired. He is showing signs of a breakout race soon. Ethan Scholz ran his first race and was seen smiling as much as anyone. He moved up to finish close behind Noah. He also was one of our best DASH fans. Elijah Anumolu has taken on the look of a runner now. His focus is there, his stride has really improved, and he is lowering his times. What more can you ask? Jacob LaBonte struggled throughout, but did look good at the finish. He is only a 3rd grader and is learning this year. Overall, the boys results were very up and down. It was our first morning run of the year which is always tricky. Wednesday’s race will show us a lot more about how the team is coming along.

The scoring of the meet was very confused this year with many teams having their older athletes ending up in the 6th grade results. We will not dwell on those, but stay focused on the races ahead that will put a stamp on our season. Our health is always the biggest concern this time of year, along with getting just the right amount of running in. This team has been good, soon we will see just how good.

Thanks to Mr. Beck, whose Thursday middle school practice clearly helped us post some of our best results of the day. Thanks to the picture lady who got some good photos in difficult conditions. Thanks to the iPhoto program for making the photos much more clear. Thanks to all the DASH fans who lined the course and helped push everyone along. It takes a close-knit team working together to post good results, and the DASH team always proves to be up to the task.

Take care,
Jim Caspers


  • Cross Country 2016

    The 2016 DASH girls cross country team: Zipporah Caspers, Kayla Bruton, Jessy Homa, Abby Chu, Rebecca Dickman, Katrina Lipski, Kayla Walters, Ella Johnson, Faith Caspers, Alivia Kempf.

  • The 2016 DASH boys cross country team. Front: Cliff Yang, Tim Kowalinski, Joe Maurer, Brian Durbin, Caleb Schaber, Justin Chu. Back: Ben Hughes, Joshua Schaber, John Klaves, Joshua Anumolu, Zachary Werner, Zach Pape, Miles Talbert, Seth Holter, Vincent Maurer, Samuel Zinkgraf.

  • The 2016 DASH MS girls cross country team. Grace Caspers, Stephanie Chu, Savanna Bruton, Hellena Hacker, Mary LeSac, Heidi Talbert, Julia Kowalinski, Joy Rasch, Julianna Caspers, Jenna Walters, Alexa Bruton.

  • The 2016 DASH MS boys cross country team. Front: Josiah Chu, Seka Kostrzewa, Nathanael Chu, Micah Chan, Silas Johnson, Noah Caspers, Charlie Johnson. Back: Alexander Taylor, Joshua Lipski, Joshua LeSac, Kaden Hacker, Bryant Farrell, Leif Kostrzewa, Daniel Caspers.

  • Track 2016

    DASH HS 4x1600 Relay Winners. Boys: Drake Hacker, Justin Chu, Briton Kostrzewa, Jacob Dickman. Girls: Zipporah Caspers, Faith Caspers, Kayla Walters, Andrea Beck.

  • Rebecca Dickman, Emma Taylor, Katie Gorectke, Stephanie Chu.

  • Cross Country 2015

    2015 Bradley Tech Cross Country Champions: The 1st place DASH boys: Lucas Ebel, John Klaves, John LaBonte, Joshua Schaber, John Sherman, Joshua Anumolu, Ben Hughes, Tim Kowalinski, Joe Maurer, Drake Hacker, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joe Hughes, Jacob Dickman, John Kowalinski, Will Farrell. the 2nd place DASH girls: Margaret Serchen, Kayla Walters, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Beck, Faith Caspers, Renee Walters, Kayla Bruton, Jessy Homa.

  • The DASH girls middle school team. Front: Mary LeSac, Grace Caspers, Hellena Hacker, Julianna Caspers, Zaela Schlissel. Middle: Julia Kowalinski, Anabel Fisher, Savanna Bruton, Stephanie Chu, Angela Walters. Back: Naomi Zhou, Emma Taylor, Katie Gorectke, Makenna Fisher, Jenna Walters.

  • The DASH middle school boys team. Front: Vince Maurer, Jeffrey Breiling, Leif Kostrzewa, Caleb Schaber, Seka Kostrzewa, Alexander Taylor, Noah LaBonte. Middle: Ethan Lindberg, Micah Chan, Jose Rosario, Joshua LeSac, Adam Loustaunau, Salim Lubbad, Kaden Hacker, Nathanael Chu, Jacob LaBonte, Ben Breitbach. Back: Daniel Caspers, Joshua Lipski, Tikvah Schlissel, Bryant Farrell, Christian Loustaunau, Ed Sherman, Peter Chan, Matthew Kowalinski.

  • Track 2015

    2015 High School Track. Front: Andrea Coulter, Stefanie Klaves, Renee Walters, Jessy Homa, Bekka Homa, Nina Smrecek, Johannah Lee, Kayla Bruton, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Beck. Back: Jacob Dickman, Jeremy Marek, Justin Chu, Nicholas Funk, Noah Evans, Samuel Lee, Danny Wickman. Missing: Tommy Ebert, Joe Hughes, Samuel Zinkgraf.

  • Cross Country 2014

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  • Cross Country 2013

    Midwest Homeschool Champions - 2013

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  • Cross Country 2012

    Wisconsin Lutheran College Warrior Invite 7th-8th grade champions: Briton Kostrzewa, Christian LeSac, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joe Hughes.

  • Track 2012

    Amelie Kemmann, Andrea Kempf, Andrea Beck, Sarah Klapak

  • Cross Country 2011

  • Cross Country 2009

    Andrea Beck, Lucreitia Nyhart, Faith Caspers, Zipporah Caspers. Coach Jim Caspers and Ed Beck in back.

  • Cross Country 2004

    Legendary race - Maitland Park This is where it all began.