DASH Middle School Cross Country Elkhorn Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school cross country team competed in Elkhorn on Wednesday. It was our last public school meet of the season, but with only five teams participating, it had a much different feel than our earlier meets. With perfect weather and a flat 1.5 mile course before them, the team was told to push the pace early and try to get a good time. It worked better for some than others, but overall the team is now in mid-season form and hopefully ready for our three meets next week.

The 7th and under girls got the racing underway. Julianna Caspers was running in about 16th place at the half mile mark and told she would have to move up to get a top-15 medal. She immediately sped ahead and kept up her relentless pace to the finish and caught all but six girls before it was done. It was 7th place for the 7-year old star! Angela Walters picked up where she left off last season, proving she can also run with the much bigger girls. It was her first race of the year and she was able to earn the 25th place card. Naomi Zhou is looking better and running faster each time out and was our third girl in. Sarah Lindberg went out a little too fast, struggled in the middle of the race, but finished well. It was her first race and one to learn from. Jenna Walters is also learning and getting better with each race and finished right behind Sarah.

Leif Kostrzewa led the 7th and under boys through the course. Leif ran fast from start to finish, and he needed to to stay ahead of Joshua LeSac, who was never more than a few steps back. Daniel Caspers fell behind Leif and Josh early and got caught running in a pack who would not let him pass. Daniel is running pretty well and should find it easier going in the non-public school meets ahead. Ed Sherman worked hard throughout and came in as our fourth runner. Joshua Lipski stayed a few steps ahead of Elijah Anumolu the whole way. Joshua and Elijah both ran better than they ever have. Andre Coulter rounded out our good sized boys team.

Faith Caspers had some work to do to beat Julianna’s time in the 8th grade race. Faith came around the half mile mark in 8th place and was able to hold on to that spot to the finish. She clocked in with the exact time as her sister – 10:54. Kayla Walters put in another good race, but just missed out on a medal with her 12th place finish. Mia Wickman is really running good now and is keeping Faith and Kayla in sight. Her effort earned her the 18th place ribbon. Katrina Lipski never looked comfortable on the course, but stayed steady to the finish. Cross country is not an easy sport.

Joshua Anumolu sped out to a great start and hung on for the 9th place medal in the 8th grade boys race. Joshua’s time was 30 seconds faster than last year on this course. John Klaves has had a good day every time out thus far. He clocked in at 10:19, good for 20th place.

It was a great day to watch a race, and the athletes proved to be especially exciting. Watching everyone improve each time out is very encouraging. I have held out a few of our youngest stars thus far, but from here on out they get to run. With six meets left, including three next week, we will get to see these athletes plenty more. It should be fun.

Thanks to everyone who made the trip to Elkhorn. Thanks to Ed Beck for his help with the coaching and for being our official scorer. Thanks to the camera lady for taking the photos, at least until the camera died and I took over. Thanks to the Elkhorn team for inviting us to their meet. It is nice to have a smaller meet on the schedule. The meets are coming up fast now so I will see you all soon.

Take care,
Jim Caspers


  • Cross Country 2016

    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.

  • Rebecca Dickman, Emma Taylor, Katie Gorectke, Stephanie Chu.

  • 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.

  • Cross Country 2014

    Bradley Tech Champions - 2014

  • Cross Country 2013

    Midwest Homeschool Champions - 2013

  • Track 2013

    Front : Abigail Larkin, Sophia Zyzo, Grace Caspers, Julianna Caspers, Grace Zinkgraf, Elijah Anumolu, Daniel Caspers, Leif Kostrzewa, Wesley Evans, Mary LeSac, Andre Coulter, Abby Chu, Grace Dupar, Gulla Kemmann. Back: Danny Wickman, Lucretia Nyhart, Mia Wickman, Faith Caspers, Toria Schein, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Guidone, Olivia Zyzo, Toria Schein, Christian LeSac, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joshua LeSac, Joshua Anumolu, Kayla Walters, John Klaves, Christopher Fossell, Joe Hughes, Glenn Kaboskey. Missing: Stephanie Chu. Simran Khunger, Foster Todd, Briton Kostrzewa, Alex Navin.

  • Cross Country 2012

    Wisconsin Lutheran College Warrior Invite 7th-8th grade champions: Briton Kostrzewa, Christian LeSac, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joe Hughes.

  • Track 2012

    Amelie Kemmann, Andrea Kempf, Andrea Beck, Sarah Klapak

  • 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.