DASH High School Cross County 2014 Blackshirt Challenge Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school cross country team took advantage of some cool weather to post some great times at Waukesha South’s Blackshirt Challenge last Saturday. Minooka Park may be the toughest course we will run all year, but that did not stop the team from setting numerous personal records, and placing very well in the team scores.

All the girls but Andrea Beck toed the starting line for the 4k race to get the meet started. After a nice start by all the girls, it was Kayla Bruton who emerged from the woods as the DASH leader. Kayla never slowed to the finish and posted a very good time of 20:19, good for 15th place. Hannah Schein ran through a hip injury, yet was able to give the team a nice 18th place finish. Lucretia Nyhart kept a smile on the DASH fans faces, especially her mother’s, as she showed off her natural talent to finish close behind Hannah. Jessy Homa may have improved more than anyone else from the last race. Jessy finished in 21:18 and cut a full 30 seconds off her mile pace. DASH veteran Zipporah Caspers struggled again this meet. Some extra practicing has been agreed on to get her back running fast. Stefanie Klaves paced Andrea Coulter through her first race. After a few more races Andrea should be moving up. Andrea Beck was the DASH representative in the girls 5k race. She struggled a little in the middle of the race, but had a good finish up the big hill to keep her time in the 23’s. She will be back with the rest of the girls from hear on out.

The boys team was looking to improve on their ninth place finish from last year at this meet. Jacob Dickman went out with the leaders and stayed in the top-10 the whole way while breaking 18 minutes for the first time. He is now nearing the DASH record time of 17:37. Stay tuned. Ranson Nyhart ran conservatively early on, but made a big push up the hill at the end to finish in 17th place. Joe Hughes gave us his usual great effort, and was able to lower his best time by 10 seconds. He needed to run that fast to stay just ahead of Matt Lange who raced to his own personal record which now stands at 19:46. John Sherman was sick earlier in the week, but was still able to cut off over 30 seconds from his previous time and break 20 minutes for the first time this year. Justin Chu has also been sick this week. He was slowed some, but finished with a respectable time in the low 21’s. Zebulon Caspers ran sporadically, but was able to finish the race this time. Danny Wickman, in his second race, cut over two minutes off his time as he continues to run strong.

Our girls 4k team finished in 3rd place out of 5 teams that scored. That is a big improvement over last week’s race and bodes well for our races ahead. Jacob Dickman and Ransom Nyhart were called up for top-20 medals at the award ceremonies. It felt good to have our stars called up after we just missed out on the medals last year. It took a while before we heard the DASH boys team called out in the team standings. We finished in 6th place overall, and finished ahead of all the teams that I thought we could beat. In some of our smaller meets ahead, if the boys stay healthy they will be one of the favorites to win. The next six weeks are going to be interesting.

Thanks to Mary Beck, Pan Schein, and Kam Caspers, along with the DASH athletes Grace and Julianna Caspers who helped pass out water to the athletes at the end of the race. Volunteering like this gives the DASH team a good name. Thanks to Ed Beck for his help with the coaching. Thanks to great DASH fan Pete Dickman who brought his bicycle to get around the course and spur the athletes on. Thanks to Faith Caspers for once again getting the photos.  Thanks to the parents who got the athletes to the meet. Now we need to keep these athletes healthy and practicing so we can continue to improve and make this season special.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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