Archive for May, 2014

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school track and field team completed their season Saturday at Quad Park in Milwaukee, competing in the annual Milwaukee Invitational. The weather was absolutely perfect for our last day of racing, and at the end of the day the box of medals and ribbons taken home was representative of the excitement given to the DASH fans throughout.

We arrived at 8:30 to field events. Stefanie Chu long jumped over 10 feet for the second week in a row to earn 4th place. Faith Caspers had a personal best 11’9″ jump to place 5th, and Grace Zinkgraf and Kayla Walters also jumped past 11 feet. Daniel Caspers earned his first long jump ribbon, and Wes Evans’ jump was good for 6th place. Daniel Hubert pushed his shot farther than any other 7th grader, and Joshua Anumolu gave us two in the top-5. Lizzy Johnston earned the 4th place ribbon with her strong throw. Isaac Johnson got to throw the softball this meet and his 93 foot throw placed 5th overall in the 6th grade division. Elijah Johnson also threw well and placed 6th. Caleb Alles’ throw was measured at 109 feet. No 5th grader could match that, giving the DASH team another victory. Our three exciting young discus throwers all had personal bests. Andre Coulter went past 44 feet with his throw to earn 2nd. Elijah Anumolu got his discus past the 39 foot mark to place 3rd, and Joshua Lipski gave us three in the top-6 with his throw of 37’7″. The team really excelled at the field events in this meet.

The 1600 was the first race of the day. Julianna Caspers got her time down to 6:40 as she continues to amaze. She earned the 2nd place medal, missing first by a second. Angela Walters also keeps getting faster. 7:26 is her new standard which was good for 4th. Grace Caspers finished in 6th place. Faith Caspers had her best time of the year to place 3rd. Joshua LeSac and Daniel Caspers fought hard for 8th and 9th place in a 5th grade race where everyone finished in under 7 minutes. Joshua Anumolu ran his first 1600 in 6:01 and earned the 3rd place medal. There was a problem with the timing for the 5th grade girls 100. When it was cleared up, Stephanie Chu had taken 2nd with a time of 14.99. Running in the same 100 heat, Grace Zinkgraf edged Kayla Walters to finish 4th overall. Caleb Alles and Zachary Werner were our top boy 100 meter runners. In the all-school relay, the co-ed team of Stephanie Chu, Elijah Johnson, Grace Zinkgraf, and Joshua Anumolu placed 4th. Our 5th grade girls 4×400 team of Abbey Novak, Grace Caspers, Angela Walters, and Julianna Caspers ran unopposed to win the 1st place medals. Our 7th grade team of Lizzy Johnston, Kayla Walters, Abby Chu, and Faith Caspers was edged out in a close race and finished 2nd. The 5th grade boys team of Caleb Alles, Daniel Caspers, Isaac Johnson, and Joshua LeSac came in 3rd. The last 4×400 race had the DASH fans off their seats. Running in a heat of six 7th and 8th grade teams, John Klaves, Joshua Anumolu, and Wes Evans got the team in 3rd place before handing the baton to Daniel Hubert. In the last 300 meters, Daniel put on a surge that left everyone behind him. Victory was ours. Julianna Caspers was back on the track to to run the 800. Despite already running 5 laps earlier in the day, she was able to set a personal record of 3:18, edging Abbey Novak by a stride. Abbey also ran to a personal record. Sarah Lindberg set the early pace for Julianna and Abbey showing us her potential. She finished 6th among the 6th graders. Faith Caspers followed with a 4th place finish. Joshua LeSac worked hard in his 800 and earned the 5th place ribbon. Zachary Werner is really competing well right now, and his effort was good for 7th. DASH star Joshua Anumolu placed 2nd overall, well ahead of 3rd in the 7th grade race. John Klaves followed, coming in 5th. Stephanie Chu got us all excited with her convincing victory in the 200. Kayla Walters pushed herself to a nice 4th place finish. The boys struggled in the 200 with the exception of Daniel Hubert. His 27.52 captured the 2nd place medal. In a strong field for the 400, Abbey Novak’s personal best 1:25 placed 7th. Abby Chu showed some great kick at the end of her lap. Her personal best 1:16 time was good for 6th. For the boys, Wes Evans earned the 7th place ribbon, and John Klaves took 8th. Daniel Hubert raced to another 2nd place finish with his fast 1:01 time.

It was another strong showing for the middle schoolers, and a nice way to cap off another successful season. At the end of the season, we had our veterans running like stars, and our newcomers were all getting their times down. We will have a lot of medals and ribbons to hand out at the end-of-year party for this team.

Thanks to the Chu and LeSac families for bringing the tents. They were needed on the beautiful, sunny day. Thanks to Ed Beck for helping with the coaching. Thanks to all the photographers. We had three cameras going throughout the meet which gave us a lot of great photos, and some extra work for me to piece them all together in the Flickr album. Samuel Zinkgraf, Renee Walters, Stefanie Klaves, Andrea Beck, Mrs. Beck, Grace and Julianna Caspers, and I made this a group effort. They turned out very good. Thanks to all the DASH fans who cheered the team on throughout the season. Now it is time to take a break from track and the Blog, and start thinking of what a great cross country season we can have. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school track and field team completed their season on Tuesday in Delavan at a meet hosted by our friends at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf. Our goal was to finish the season with our best showing of the year, and to accumulate enough team points to come out on top in the team standings. There was one more team this year than last year. We would have to be at our best to achieve our goals.

The Wisconsin School for the Deaf always starts out well in the field events and this year was no exception. Our boys team was able to stay close with Hudson Nyhart and Ransom Nyhart finishing 1-2 in the high jump. Nicholas Funk jumped over 16 feet to soar to a 2nd place finish in the long jump, and it took a personal best 14-9.5 jump from Danny Wickman to lock down 4th. Sam Zinkgraf had a good discus throw of over 61 feet, and our shot put team of Brady Klaves, Joe Hughes, and Samuel Lee all threw to personal bests, but were still humbled by the big guys on the host team. The girls field events were very good. Stephanie Klaves won the long jump by over a foot with her outstanding 13-10 jump. Hannah Schein and Johanna Lee’s jumps proved good enough for 3rd and 4th place. Andrea Beck and Zipporah Caspers threw the discus farther than all but the host team’s girls. In the shot put, Amelie Kemmann and Renee Walters both went over 23 feet. Nina Smrecek threw the shot for the first time and did well.

The running events were next. It was time to start accumulating the points needed to win. The boys 4×800 team of Joe Hughes, Samuel Zinkgraf, Ransom Nyhart, and Justin Chu got a nice warmup run in as they ran solo. They added 8 team points to our score for their effort. Brady Klaves was next and he took 2nd in the 110 meter hurdles. Amelie Kemmann, Stefanie Klaves, and Renee Walters all lined up in the final heat of the 100 meters. Amelie proved to be too fast for the field as usual, and Stefanie and Renee finished in the points with 3rd and 5th place finishes. The boys were jittery at the 100 meter start with two boys getting DQ’d, including our own Danny Wickman. Hudson Nyhart stayed calm and broke 13 seconds, and Nicholas Funk was edged out at the finish line by .02 second to take 2nd place with a time of 12.18. The heat was out for the 1600 which saw Andrea Beck run to an easy victory. Zipporah Caspers finished in 6:42 to capture 3rd. Jacob Dickman set an early pace that no one would match as he gave the team another victory. Joe Hughes and Samuel Zinkgraf both set personal records with some good runs. Both of our 4×200 relay teams came out on top in close races with the Homeschool Eagles. Brady Klaves, Danny Wickman, and Justin Chu kept the boys team close, and then Nicholas Funk took the baton and was first to the finish line. The girls team of Renee Walters, Stefanie Klaves, and Johannah Lee gave us a great start and Nina Smrecek gave us a strong finish to win the girls race. Hannah Schein, Kristin Ulfeng, and Johannah Lee finished 3-4-5 in the 400 for the girls. Samuel Zinkgraf was back on the track with little rest to run another lap, and a much less tired Samuel Lee tied his personal record in the 400. Renee Walters, Stefanie Klaves, and Zipporah Caspers put us a step ahead in the 4×100 relay, but the last handoff between Zipporah and Nina Smrecek was not clean and the host team girls sped past us and we finished in 2nd. Andrea Beck started slow in the 800, but finished fast for a 2nd place finish. Hannah Schein started her kick a little late but broke 3 minutes. Ransom Nyhart charged out to a big lead which he never relinquished to post an impressive victory in his 800. Jacob Dickman held off the rest of the field to give us a nice 1-2 finish. Justin Chu gave us three in the top-5 with his 2:31 time. Amelie Kemmann ran a low 27 to win once again in the 200. Nina Smrecek followed in 32 seconds flat to take 4th place. Danny Wickman looked good to win his 200 heat. In the next heat, the top four stayed very close with Nicholas Funk capturing 2nd place and Hudson Nyhart 4th. The last race was the 4×400. The girls team of Amelie Kemmann, Hannah Schein, Johannah Lee, and Andrea Beck were not threatened by the host team and went out a winner. The boys race was expected to be close and it was. Hudson Nyhart ran the first leg and posted the team’s fastest split to give the team an early lead. After Ransom Nyhart’s lap the lead had increased to about 15 meters. The Homeschool Eagles had stacked their better runners at the end so it was important that we kept them behind us at this point. Joe Hughes was next, and to the Eagles disappointment, Joe increased the lead to about 20 meters. Jacob Dickman took the baton, but was chased down at about the 200 mark. Jacob stayed a couple steps ahead around the last turn, setting up a charge to the finish. Every surge the Eagles gave, Jacob had an answer for. He would not be passed. The boys finished in 4 minutes flat, being pushed to a DASH record and a great victory. It was an amazing way to finish the season.

The team scores were finalized and the DASH girls were on top again this year. And for the first time in team history, the boys finished on top as well. It was what we were shooting for, and it is what the team was able to achieve. This team had great balance between distance runners and sprinters this year, and the season culminated in what was described as a ‘mushroom cloud of awesomeness’ by one Amelie Kemmann. Very well said.

Thanks to all the DASH fans who made their way to Delavan to cheer on this team. Thanks to the people at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf who did all the work that goes into putting on a meet. Thanks to the picture lady for getting the photos that captured the moment. It has been a great season and now it is time to enjoy the moment. But not too long. Cross country season will be upon us before you know it.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The middle school track team got to try out the recently resurfaced track at Martin Luther High School last weekend at the 10th annual Bulldog Dash. It was unusually cool this year, but the team found the track to their liking and posted their best results of the season.

On Friday night in the 200 preliminaries the boys ran first. Caleb Alles was our first athlete to earn the right to race in the finals. Daniel Hubert went under 28 seconds to win his heat, and Joshua Anumolu raced to a 7th place finish in the 8th grade division. Unfortunately for Joshua he would not be able to come to the meet the next day. Stephanie Chu just missed the finals last year, but this year she proved too fast to be kept out. Kayla Walters had her best 200 time of the year to earn her spot in the finals, and Simran Khunger impressed us with the fastest time of the day to also make it. In the Friday night field events, Stephanie Chu jumped 10’3″ to place 5th overall, and Faith Caspers jumped to her personal best to place 8th. Isaac Johnson’s jump was good for 10th place overall. Caleb Alles threw the softball 93 feet to earn the 6th place ribbon. All the discus practicing Andre Coulter and Elijah Anumolu have put in paid off. Andre’s throw was good for 3rd place, with Elijah right behind in 6th. Daniel Hubert threw the shot put over 37 feet to take 2nd, and Joshua Anumolu muscled his way to the 8th place ribbon. The 800 meter races ended the night. Joshua Anumolu took charge of the 7th grade race early and was never threatened. His 2:40 gave us our first victory. John Klaves raced for the first time this year and placed 7th. In the 5th grade girls race Julianna Caspers raced ahead after the first turn and held everyone off the rest of the way for an impressive victory. Abbey Novak made it a 1-2 finish for the DASH team with her strong showing. After some victory congratulations, the excitement continued as Faith Caspers ran to her personal best to take 3rd in the 7th grade race. Kayla Walters raced in soon after and placed 6th. We were racking up the team points now. Simran Khunger and Lucretia Nyhart finished 5th and 7th in a very competitive 8th grade race to end the great night of racing.

Saturday morning started with the 100 meter preliminaries and our girl sprinters were ready. Stephanie Chu and Alexa Dawson both earned their spot in the 5th grade finals, and Kayla Walters and Gulla Kemmann posted their best times of the year to also make it. Isaac Johnson and Luke Smrecek just missed for the boys. We had two good teams in the 4×400 relay. Our 5th grade team of Stephanie Chu, Abbey Novak, Angela Walters, and Julianna Caspers fought to a 3rd place finish. The 8th grade team of Lucretia Nyhart, Kayla Walters, Abby Chu, and Faith Caspers posted a 5:14 time and took the 2nd place ribbons. In the sprint medlay relay, the team of Alexa Dawson, Angela Walters, Stephanie Chu, and Abbey Novak raced to an impressive 2nd place finish. The boys team of Isaac Johnson, Joshua LeSac, Daniel Caspers, and Elijah Johnson earned five team points by finishing 4th. Our 8th grade girls team of Gulla Kemmann, Abby Chu, Kayla Walters, and Faith Caspers piled on some more points with their 3rd place finish. Faith Caspers came back and finished 10th overall in the cross country mile and placed 2nd in the 7th grade division. Julianna Caspers put up an amazing time of 6:49 to break the 7 minute barrier for the first time, and Angela Walters lowered her best time to 7:35. These girls can run. Joshua LeSac was our first boy to finish the mile and placed 3rd among the 5th grade pentathletes. Daniel Caspers ran to a 4th place finish. Pentathletes Joshua Lipski and Zachary Werner stayed close throughout in their first 1600 race. They both ran very hard and may get to run it again. In the 200 finals, Stephanie Chu moved up to 3rd overall and broke 35 seconds. Kayla Walters showed off her speed in a tight race to finish 4th, and Gulla Kemman ran for Simran and took 6th. Caleb Alles ran over a second faster in his 200 final, and Daniel Hubert raced to a personal best 27.36. That is close to the DASH record. In the 100 finals Stephanie Chu and Alexa Dawson lined up together for the 5th grade race. Stephanie was able to stay ahead and place 4th with Alexa just a step behind in 6th. Kayla Walters once again ran her best and placed 5th, and Gulla Kemmann earned the 6th place ribbon. The 400 was next and Abbey Novak added another 2nd place finish to her breakout meet. She is now officially a DASH star. Elijah Johnson ran to an 8th place finish among the 6th graders. Lizzy Johnston lowered her best time by almost 7 seconds with some good racing, and Faith Caspers ran one more time and was able to place 7th in the 8th grade race. Daniel Hubert finished his lap in 1:01 to easily win his heat and capped off his day with a 2nd place finish. We had four boys stay to the end to run the 4×100 relay. Isaac Johnson, Daniel Caspers, Joshua LeSac, and Max Johnston will get an extra ribbon for putting in overtime.

Zachary Werner, Joshua LeSac, and Joshua Lipski long jumped, threw the softball, ran the cross country mile, along with the 100 and 400 meter races in the pentathlon. Joshua LeSac’s hard work paid off with the 4th place ribbon. Zachary Werner and Joshua Lipski are in their first season, yet they were able to stay strong to the end. They both set personal records in the 400 meter race to cap off a great day. The coach is glad he picked these guys to be our pentathletes.

So much to write about. So many great results! This was definitely the meet we have been waiting for from the middle school team. Fortunately, there is one more meet left on the schedule. Oh, yes. I forgot to mention that the girls took home the 5th place trophy. Only the really big teams were able to stay ahead of us. It was a great meet, and we get to do it all again next week. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to all the DASH high schoolers who volunteered with the timing and starting. Yes, Andrea Beck was given the starting horn and she made the most of it. Thanks for the parents for getting the kids to the meet and ready to run. Thanks to the picture lady who got some great photos on our new camera. Thanks to Ed Beck for his coaching assistance. His help with the long jumpers at practice is really paying off. Now we are down to our final week with one more chance to make the most of this season. Let’s stay healthy and run fast to the finish.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

An ‘Old-Fashioned’ track meet is where you just show up and compete in any, and as many, events as you like. That was the setting for the DASH high school track team on Thursday at Waukesha South high school. For the first time this season the team had no need for warm blankets. It was a great day to get a fast time on a post-it note.

With the coach not having to turn in a roster for this meet, he was out making sure the athletes had a full slate of events planned for the day. The hurdles were the first event of the day and Brady Klaves was the first daring volunteer to check in. Brady did very good in his first try at 110 meters. He liked them enough to also do the 300 meter hurdles later. The next volunteer was DASH star Amelie Kemmann. Between the old-fashioned meet format and the coaches prodding, Amelie could not resist getting in the starting blocks. She naturally went out with the leaders, but was slowed in the middle when she hit a hurdle pretty hard. She continued through them and set a DASH record while finishing second in her heat. When it was over she realized that she had hurt herself worse than she thought. Her day was finished. Some coaching decisions seem good at the time, but in the end turn out to be not worth the risk.

But we did more than just hurdles, Nina Smrecek, Renee Walters and Stefanie Klaves all raced in the same 100 heat with Nina staying just ahead in a very close race. All the boys had personal bests in the 100 with Joe Hughes and Nicholas Funk in the 12’s. The times in the 1600 were slowed by the heat, but Andrea Beck ran with the leaders, and Jacob Dickman set the pace throughout the boys race, and held off a strong charge at the end for another victory. Johannah Lee arrived just as the 400 meter races were setting up and ran a 1:15 lap to lead the girls. Joe Hughes led the boys 400 runners, edging Justin Chu by less than a second. Tommy Ebert lowered his best time by two seconds as he continues to improve, and Samuel Lee also had a personal record. The girls fielded two very competitive 4×100 teams, and they ran in the same race. Kristin Ulfeng and Hannah Schein ran even with Johannah Lee and Stefanie Klaves through 200 meters. Nina Smrecek took the baton from Stefanie and got ahead of Zipporah Caspers before handing off to Anna Seidl. But Andrea Beck took over the race in the end to get her team to the finish line first. These were the 2nd and 4th fastest teams the DASH team ever ran! We only fielded one 4×100 boys team, but the DASH record stood no chance once they got going. Danny Wickman got things started, with Samuel Zinkgraf and Joe Hughes running the middle legs. Nicholas Funk finished up and got the post-it note. The DASH record is now three seconds lower. The clouds were out and the weather turned perfect for the 800 meter race, and Zipporah Caspers and Anna Seidl took advantage of it, both cutting off five seconds from their personal bests. Justin Chu, Joe Hughes, and Samuel Zinkgraf all ran well and finished within a couple seconds of each other in the boys 800. Johannah Lee was the only girl who ran the 200. The coach was slowing down getting people to run lots of events. We had four boys run the 200, including Joe Hughes who was finally slowing down after running almost every event. Danny Wickman set a personal best, and Nicholas Funk impressed everyone by winning his heat and just missing breaking the DASH record with his 25.35 time.  We did few field events this meet. One highlight was Renee Walters finally breaking the DASH shot put record. She has been close for a long time. Her throw of 24’7.25″ is now in the record books.

The team ran very well overall. A few of the girls are complaining of some injuries, but hopefully they will be ready for our final meet on May 20th. The team is fun to watch, and the pictures show that the athletes enjoy a day of racing. Thanks to my wife, who was the picture lady for the meet. Thanks to Waukesha South for running such a nice old-fashioned meet. Thanks to the parents who got the athletes to the meet.  It was a struggle this time with three families having car trouble. Hudson Nyhart was the only disappointment as he was stranded. We now have 12 days to practice and get ready to peak for the last meet. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school track team was found at Nathan Hale High School on Saturday, competing in the Phoenix Invite hosted by Mary Queen of Saints. We had about our smallest team ever for a big Saturday meet, so those who were there got to compete in plenty of events. Some of the athletes struggled on the blustery, sunny day. Others proved they were ready to compete with the other teams best athletes. Those who made it to the end got to compete in the 4×100 relays which capped off a nice day of DASH racing.

The field events went first. Alexa Dawson’s long jump went 9’09” and was good for the fourth place ribbon. Faith Caspers went past 11 feet, and Kayla Walters finally landed after 12’07”, the third longest jump in DASH history. Wes Evans and Joshua LeSac led the boys, with Wes leaping past 12 feet. Zachary Werner was our top softball thrower, and Mary LeSac threw it the farthest among our first graders. Gulla Kemmann and Lucretia Nyhart flexed their muscles and both placed in the top-6 in the shot put.

We had three athletes make the finals of the 100 meters, and they all ran better in the finals than in the prelims. Alexa Dawson and Gulla Kemmann finished in fourth place overall, while Daniel Hubert moved up to third place and set a new DASH record of 13.06. Now Daniel has his eyes set on his older brother’s 200 meter record. We had a strong showing in the 1600 meter race. Julianna Caspers led the way with a 3rd place finish. Faith Caspers effort was good for 5th, and Angela Walters placed 6th in the 5th grade race. Grace Caspers raced to 7th place running as a 6th grader. Joshua LeSac was our lone boy running the 1600 and looked good in finishing 6th. We got to see Abbey Novak run her first 400 meter race, and she did not disappoint with her 1:30 time. Abby Chu and Lucretia Nyhart also looked good as they broke 1:20. Daniel Hubert ran a fast 1:07, while Wes Evans earned the 2nd place ribbon in the 6th grade division. Stephanie Chu made it back to the meet after a violin audition and placed 7th in the 200. Gulla Kemmann followed with a 6th place 33.16. Daniel Hubert ran in a fast 200 heat and would not be beaten, giving the DASH team a 200 meter victory. We ran four 4×100 meter relays at the end of the day. Nathaniel Chu was eyed by the coach and was given a yellow jersey. He ran a fast first leg for the boys, before handing the baton to Luke Smrecek. Joshua LeSac and Max Johnston finished up for the boys. Our 5th grade girls team of Stephanie Chu, Abbey Novak, Angela Walters, and Alexa Dawson was very good. Stephanie Chu also joined the 7th grade team, along with Abby Chu, Lizzy Johnston, and Faith Caspers. It was the first time we ever used the same person in different heats of the same relay. The 8th grade team of Lucretia Nyhart, Kayla Walters, Mia Wickman, and Gulla Kemmann posted the fastest time of the day.

This team now has two weeks to practice hard and peak for the final two meets. The weather will be getting warmer, and the times will need to keep getting lower if we want to add to our ribbon collection. We have a lot of stars on this team that ran like stars, yet we did not win any relay ribbons. Our small team did not have the depth needed for that. Hopefully we will have closer to our full team for the last two races so we can run to our full potential.

Thanks to all the MQS volunteers who worked so hard getting everything lined up properly for a meet of this size. Thanks to our timing volunteers, Basia and Wade Lindberg, and Jodi LeSac. Thanks to Ed Beck who put in a long day of coaching with me. Thanks to the girls on the high school team who took the pictures. I hope it is appreciated by everyone because it is a lot of work. The photos were taken on Andrea Beck’s camera. She then gets to go through them all and upload the good ones for me to see. Then I get to do the final editing and cropping so that they look great on the Flickr site. I hope everyone checks them out. We now have just three weeks left in the season. Things are moving fast. It is time to finish strong.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school track team was down in Kenosha on Friday to participate in the Pacer Relays, hosted by our friends at Shoreland Lutheran. The Pacer Relays is a very competitive 16 team varsity meet. With a team our size, putting a meet like this on the schedule can keep a coach nervous for months. We ended up bringing 15 athletes to compete, plus a tent to keep us a little warmer. This was a high school meet so, yes, the weather was cold with spots of rain. But as the afternoon turned into evening, the tent was used a little less. The hard running and good results had kept us warm.

As the 4×200 girls team got out of the tent to get the days running started, there was a long delay. The timing system was not working. We were back to being cold. Finally the gun went off and the team of Renee Walters, Amelie Kemmann, Anna Seidl, and Zipporah Caspers ran to a 7th place finish giving us our first points of the day. Our boys 4×200 team of Danny Wickman, Zebulon Caspers, Tommy Ebert, and Justin Chu found out how fast some of the other varsity teams can run. It would not be an easy day for our sprinting teams. The Distance Medley was next with an 800, 400, 1200, 1600 meter format. Hannah Schein ran a very good first leg for the girls. Johannah Lee kept us in good position after her 400. Zipporah Caspers was next and she posted a very good time in her 3 laps. Anchor Andrea Beck took the baton for the last 1600 meters and moved us up into 5th place by the finish. It was a great effort by the girls. Joe Hughes got the boys team off to a good start, which Danny Wickman held in his lap. Ransom Nyhart was then able to move the team up in his 1200, putting us in good position for Jacob Dickman to finish things and push us all the way up to 4th place when it was done. Well done, boys! After a break, the team was back for the Sprint Medley, run in a 100, 100, 200, 400 format. Renee Walters started as usual for the girls, followed by Anna Seidl. Amelie Kemmann gave us a great 200 as usual, and Johannah Lee ran another fast 400 to complete the two laps. Danny Wickman started again for the boys, with Tommy Egan running the second 100. Zeb Caspers got the call for the 200, and Justin Chu ran the 400 leg. The boys finished in under two minutes, and beat one team which is not easy to do in the sprints at this meet. Our girls 4×800 team was seeded higher than any of our other team, so our expectations were high for the girls. Hannah Schein and Andrea Beck went first because they were also in the 4×400 to come. Hannah and Andrea did all that was expected in their four laps and at the half-way point we were running in second place. Anna Seidl ran the third leg, and posted a good time, but we did get passed by a good Brookfield Academy team. Zipporah Caspers ran the last two laps fast enough to hold off all the other teams. The third place medals were ours. Our boys’ team was also very good. Joe Hughes kept us in good position at the start. Then with Ransom Nyhart and Jacob Dickman running the middle legs, the team had made its way all the way up to third place. Justin Chu ran his 800 faster than he ever has before to cap off a great 5th place team finish. This race was very competitive. To finish this far up in the standings took all four athletes to run 2:30 or less. The 4×400 was our last relay of the day. The girls team of Amelie Kemmann, Johannah Lee, Hannah Schein, and Andrea Beck stayed very competitive the whole way to earn the 7th place points. The boys team of Zebulon Caspers, Joe Hughes, Ransom Nyhart, and Jacob Dickman ran to a 4:08 time, missing the DASH record by less than a second. In this meet, that was good for 9th. Yes, the competition was very good.

Our long jumpers all struggled again, but our shot put teams did very well. The girls team of Amelie Kemmann, Renee Walters, and Anna Seidl were strong enough to finish in the points with an 8th place finish. Zebulon Caspers and Joe Hughes both threw for personal bests, with Samuel Lee just missing.

Relay meets keep the athletes working together, and can add extra excitement to a meet. This meet surely fit into that category. Being able to get plenty of healthy athletes to the meet and running their best definitely left the coach much relieved. Let’s hope the team stays competitive enough to add a meet like this every year. I still talk about the last time we ran this meet three years ago, and I know I will be talking about this meet for a long time, too. It definitely was another great day in DASH history.

Thanks to all the athletes who made special arrangements to get their schedule clear for this meet. Thanks to the parents for getting the athletes down to Kenosha. Thanks to the picture lady for getting the photos. Relay meets are especially challenging to get good photos, and the camera battery died before the 4×400, but the rest of the photos turned out great. And thanks to Lisa Dickman and Mary Beck for being our exchange zone volunteers. We now have just two meets left for the high school team. Hopefully we will get a chance to see how this team can run in warm weather before the season is done.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The high school team got the busy week of racing started yesterday at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. It was another cold day, with rain coming and going throughout the meet. This is one of our smaller meet and it went by fast, but not fast enough to keep us from posting some nice results.

The girl shot put team were the first to compete, and they had to do it in some rain. Despite the shot put having to be cleaned off after every throw, the girls threw very well. Renee Walters threw it a few inches farther than Amelie Kemmann to lead the team with Anna Seidl also throwing well. It was another tough long jumping day, but Nicholas Funk, Danny Wickman, and Tommy Ebert took turns getting sandy. Nicholas topped out at 14’6″ to lead the team. Andrea Beck and Zipporah Caspers threw the discus. Andrea threw it over 60 feet and Zipporah threw to a personal best.

The rain had let up some when the running started. Renee Walters ran to a season best in her heat of the 100 meters, and Amelie Kemmann stayed ahead of the pack in a close race to post a DASH victory. Tommy Ebert continues to improve and ran very well in the first heat of the 100. Danny Wickman followed it up by running faster than he ever has in the event. Nicholas Funk proved he belonged in the final heat by posting a smoking 12.61 time. Nicholas was the top freshman and 6th overall. Jacob Dickman led from start to finish in the 1600, giving the DASH team another victory. Joe Hughes effort was good for 6th place. Johannah Lee arrived at the meet in time run the 400. She raced to a fast 1:14 as she continues to improve. Tommy Ebert won his heat of the 400 by staying ahead of Samuel Lee. Both Tommy and Samuel lowered their personal bests by several seconds. Very nice! The rain was back for the 800, and Andrea Beck had trouble getting her legs warmed up and had to settle for 2nd place. Zipporah Caspers looked good as she raced to a 3rd place finish, but Hannah Schein looked a little cold. Anna Seidl showed some good kick at the end to finish strong. It was nice having all four girls in the same race. Amelie Kemmann was also having trouble keeping her legs race ready, so she declined to run the 200. Johannah Lee, Tommy Ebert, and Samuel Lee all did run, but the effects of having run the 400 not long before was reflected in their times. Zebulon Caspers, Joe Hughes, and Danny Wickman all raced in the same 200 heat. Zeb looked strong in posting a season best. Joe Hughes was able to hold off a charging Danny Wickman at the end in a good battle. Nicholas Funk ran in the last heat and posted the best freshman time of the meet once again.

In the relays, the boys 4×200 team of Danny Wickman, Zebulon Caspers, Joe Hughes, and Nicholas Funk was eyeing breaking the DASH record. By my watch they had it, but the official time had them missing by .2 seconds. The girls 4×200 team of Renee Walters, Andrea Beck, Anna Seidl, and Amelie Kemmann raced to a second place finish. The girls got to run a 4×100 relay, and the team of Renee Walters, Anna Seidl, Zipporah Caspers, and Hannah Schein held off a Slinger team and placed third. The girls 4×400 of Renee Walters, Hannah Schein, Johannah Lee, and Zipporah Caspers team finished the cold day of racing with a good effort.

With this the first of back to back racing days, the amount of running the athletes did was scaled back. Add in the cold, wet weather and this was not an easy day to race. Nonetheless I thought we did very well. This team is letting me move people into different events and still be competitive. We will really be tested today with a tough relay meet on the schedule. Let’s hope everyone is healthy and ready to run their best.

Thanks to all the parents who, despite busy schedules, got the athletes to the meet. Thanks to Ed Beck who helped with the coaching. Thanks to Faith Caspers who took the majority of the photos. And thanks to Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. They have always been very accommodating to the homeschool teams in the area. I hope to see the high school families again later today.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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