DASH Middle School Cross Country 2013 Kettle Moraine Lutheran Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The middle school team was back at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School again on Wednesday. This was the much-awaited meet with the fun run at the end. The girls ran a little short-handed, but the weather was perfect, and we posted some great individual results.

Julianna Caspers was back on the course where she turned some heads with her fourth place finish last week. She proved it was no fluke as she ran five seconds faster this time. It was a tougher race this week, and Julianna ended up in 11th. Grace Caspers and Mary LeSac were back running together again. The end result was the same this time, with Grace edging Mary at the finish. These little girls all can run! Maddy Schneider did not have it this time. She struggled from the start, was hurting, and ended up as one of the last runners in. She will have a chance to make amends next week.

Daniel Caspers was back running like he did at the end of track season. Daniel pushed Leif Kostrzewa along for over a mile, but Leif took control of their battle in the end. Leif and Daniel both had great races and that is exactly what the team needs from them right now. Joshua LeSac ran with Daniel and Leif for awhile, but all the raspberries he had eaten may have caught up with him. He pushed hard to the finish and still ended up with a respectable race.  Noah LaBonte put together a complete race this time. He had a good start, pushed hard up the hill, and finished strong. Very nice! Seka Kostrzewa gave us his usual great effort, and pushed Noah along, but this time the big kid won. Elijah Anumolu just keeps improving. He is getting very fast now, and came very close to staying with Seka. All the boys had good days, so the coach was very happy with this race.

The 7th and 8th grade girls were missing two of their stars. Fortunately, Faith was able to pick up the team by giving us her best race of the year. In a very tough field, Faith was able to move into 7th place down the hill and hold it the rest of the way. She beat her personal best by six seconds and is really rounding into top form now. Grace Dupar had a great first mile, but could hardly make it up the hill. Lucretia Nyhart went out slower, but started her charge at the hill. The contrasting races joined together in the last loop, and the two girls had a great race to the finish with Grace just barely holding off Lucretia. Gulla Kemmann ran well in spurts, but could not maintain it throughout.

In the 7th and 8th grade boys race, John LaBonte paced Joshua Anumolu through the first mile and up the hill. Joshua was then able to pull away in the last loop to be our first runner in once again. John put up a very good time and really ran fast which bodes well for the big races coming up. John Klaves went out a little slower than he did his last race, but also put up a respectable time. These guys ran well and should lead our team the next two weekends.

In the fun run, Ransom Nyhart was on a mission to win, just like he did a few years ago here in the 7th and 8th grade race. He got out fast and was never threatened, and won himself a t-shirt from this year’s early high school meet. The shirt has all the names of the participant schools, including DASH. Andrea Beck was the first girl to the finish line giving us yet another victory. Her souvenir shirt proved a little large. The coach wanted to have a good race, so he ran behind DASH star Julianna Caspers. He showed off his speed by outkicking her to the finish. It pays to race the kids when they are tired. Eileen Dupar was the first DASH mom to the finish. It was an easier than expected victory for Eileen as the other moms, intimidated by her speed, decided not to run. It was great to see so many middle school runners post good results in the fun run as well.  It was indeed fun.

Thanks to Ed and Mary Beck for marking times for the fun run. Thanks to Amelie Kemmann and Stefanie Klaves for collecting the place cards. Also, thanks to Stefanie for letting me beat her in the fun run. Thanks to the camera lady and Zipporah Caspers for taking the photos. Thanks to Birgit Kemmann for handling a naughty little bundle named Philip. Thanks to all those who ran in the fun run. All the yellow shirts in the race made our team look like it had the most fun. It is a busy week for us, so thanks to the parents who are getting the athletes to the meets ready to run. It is hard to believe we have reached the end of our regular season. Overall, our key runners are proving fast. Stay tuned for the upcoming championship races.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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