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Hello DASH families,

The 2014 DASH cross country season got off to an exciting start on Thursday at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. The high school team took advantage of some cool weather to post some great early season times. Many of the girls ran a 5k race for the first time and it showed, but overall the team showed much promise and proved to the coach that it will be very good.

The varsity boys team took the field first. DASH stars Jacob Dickman and Ransom Nyhart picked up where they left off last season. Jacob ran a smart, steady race and then kicked it in at the end for a hard earned 9th place finish. Ransom followed with his own spectacular charge at the end to claim 13th place. Joe Hughes got out fast, and stayed steady through the middle of the course. Matt Lange made his charge in the he middle and got ahead of Joe in the 2nd mile. The jockeying continued as Joe moved up to edge Matt at the finish line. Joe and Matt both cut off about 2:45 from last year’s time. Justin Chu proved that he is ready to help the team. In his first cross country race, he ran like a veteran and seemed to get stronger as the race went along. His 20:26 finish was a few seconds ahead of John Sherman. John gave us his usual strong race, and his 20:30 time was the best DASH time ever for our 6th scorer. Samuel Zinkgraf followed with his own DASH record for a 7th scorer. The depth on this team has never been better.

Andrea Beck led the varsity girls with a top-20 finish despite running with spikes that were rubbing her feet raw. Hannah Schein looked very good, running a steady race throughout. Kayla Bruton did very well in her first cross country race. She is very talented and is still getting a feel for the distance. Zipporah Caspers had a foot issue that slowed her down. She ran with Simran Khunger most of the way. Simran was in her first high school race and Zipporah helped her fight the urge to slow down. Zipporah and Simran will be running much faster later in the season. Stefanie Klaves struggled to find her form. She has run well in practice so the coach is not too worried. Jessy Homa ran a conservative race early, but had a good finish. As she gets more confidence she will be moving up.

Danny Wickman and Renee Walters were lined up for the JV race. With the countdown on, Zeb Caspers raced to the line to join them. Zeb got out fast, but did not have time to prepare for the race and dropped out. Danny ran a smart race and showed off his finishing speed at the end. Of course, he was a fan favorite. Renee Walters started well, but then suddenly was seen running in her socks. Her new shoes were not broken in and she struggled to the finish line.

The DASH fans had plenty of chances to cheer at the awards ceremony. Jacob Dickman, Ransom Nyhart, and Andrea Beck all were called forward to receive individual medals. The boys team finished 4th overall, 40 points ahead of 5th. The boys are practically in mid-season form. It will fun to see how good they will be in the races ahead. The girls have a lot of potential this year. As the season goes on, and the distance becomes more routine, their times will be coming down. That’s the way they did it last year, too.

Thanks to the DASH parents who got the athletes to the meet and cheered the team on. Thanks to Kettle Moraine Lutheran for marking such a great course, and running the meet so well. Thanks to Ed Beck for his help with the coaching. Thanks to Kenli Couppee for helping pass out, and pinning on, the bib numbers. Thanks to Faith Caspers and Andrea Beck for getting the photos. They turned out great. We have seven weeks of racing ahead. This team will be fun to watch.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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