DASH High School Cross Country 2013 Westosha Central Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The high school meet ran at the beautiful, and hard to find, Fox River Park near Silver Lake yesterday. The meet was hosted by the big Westosha Central school, and it was our last tuneup before the big Homeschool Championship meets the next two weekends. The boys ran short-handed, but overall the athletes liked the course and ran fast.

We were able to line up six athletes for the girls race this week, but just barely. Makayla Gergeni ran to the start and made it with just two minutes to spare. When the gun went off, Andrea Beck assumed her usual role in the front of the pack like she has done all year for us. In the end, she captured the 13th place medal, and broke 17 minutes for the second time this year. Zipporah Caspers had her best race of the year and looked good as she raced around the course in 19:35 to lower her personal record. Hannah Schein, Stefanie Klaves, and Amelie Kemmann stayed together for close to two miles until Amelie sped ahead. Amelie finished very strong and lowered her best time of the year by over a minute. Hannah Schein did not get out quite as fast as usual, but was able to give us a very steady race, and excited the DASH fans as she moved ahead during the fast downhill finish. Stefanie Klaves made it to the meet and really helped the team, giving us a solid run to be our 5th runner in. Makayla Gergeni is still clearly not running as well as she can because of her hip injury, but she was able to finish this time. Let’s hope she heals up in the next nine days.

For the boys, John Sherman led Matt Lange and Joe Hughes through the first two miles. In the last mile, all three boys ran together and gave us a thrilling finish. Joe Hughes came from behind to be our first runner in, with John less than a second behind. Matt Lange was the next runner in, giving us a nice trio at the top who all put up some nice times. Less than a minute later, Samuel Zinkgraf crossed the finish with one of his best races of the year. It is exciting to see the boys running this well. Isaac Fredricks was able to finish this time, but he also is not running as well as he can right now as he deals with some health issues. He has nine days to get ready for Madison.

Thanks to all the parents who found the park. GPS devices have trouble pinpointing it, so I was very thankful when everyone arrived in time. Thanks to Lucretia Nyhart who saved the day and captured the meet in photos. Photo duties almost fell on me which would not have been good. I am off to Rochester in a few minutes. This was the fastest post I ever wrote, so I am improving my speed just as the athletes are. It is time now to cap off our great season with some good times at our Championship meets. This is what we have been waiting for all season. Let’s enjoy it while we can.

Take care,
Jim Caspers


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    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.

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  • 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.

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    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.

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  • 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.