DASH Middle School Cross Country 2014 Lake Denoon Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The middle school cross country team warmed up in a little rain yesterday in Muskego, but the skies cleared up by the time the races began. We fielded one of the smallest teams in this big public school meet. That hurt us in the team scores, but we ended up with more than our fair share of top-50 ribbons proving that this team is going to be pretty good.

Julianna Caspers led the way for the DASH 7th grade and under girls team. Julianna had a little trouble maneuvering through the heavy traffic early, but she later moved up to capture the 48th place ribbon. Naomi Zhou ran well in her second meet as she continues to improve and gain confidence. She cracked the top-200. Jenna Walters was given a DASH jersey in the parking lot, and ran in her first DASH race. She worked hard and finished ahead of over 50 athletes in a good first showing. She will get to wear her new Jersey again later this year.

Leif Kostrzewa assumed his role as DASH star once again after a tough first race. Leif moved up relentlessly during the race and beat over 200 boys to the finish. Joshua LeSac was running side by side with Leif, but then took a spill on the home stretch and had trouble to the finish. Joshua is working hard and is going to give us a really great race soon. Daniel Caspers ran a steady race and finished in the top half, and Elijah Anumolu cut over two minutes off his time from last year to round out our 7th grade boys team.

Kayla Walters was the pace-setter for the 8th grade girls team. Kayla was fast from start to finish and stayed a few steps ahead of Faith Caspers the whole way. Faith and Kayla earned the 31st and 34th place ribbons for their effort. Mia Wickman is getting faster each week. She showed off her speed at the finish and did not look very tired. Now we need to get her to push a little harder early. Katrina Lipski was much happier about her race this time and she posted a very nice time.

In the 8th grade boys race, Joshua Anumolu raced out with the leaders, but slowed down in the middle of the race. Joshua had a little trouble breathing in the cold. Nonetheless he put up our best time of the day and finished in 32nd place. John Klaves is running better than he ever has right now. He finished close to Joshua and took home the 44th place ribbon. Nice! Joe Laufenberg ran out fast, but was then slowed with a bad side ache. He came back to finish well. It was Joe’s first race and a definite learning experience.

Our veterans ran like veterans, and the newcomers are getting better. Now we need to keep improving with each race, and we especially have to keep everyone healthy.

Thanks to Ed Beck for his help with the coaching. Thanks again to Ed, along with Jodie LeSac, for being our scorekeepers. Thanks to Danny Wickman for collecting the placement cards for me. He showed a natural talent for that job. Thanks to Zipporah Caspers who got the photos. And thanks to the parents who got the athletes to the meet and then became great DASH fans.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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