DASH High School Cross Country 2014 Bradley Tech Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

Our high school cross country team came ready to compete yesterday at Mitchell Park in the Bradley Tech Trojan Invite. The team had not had a meet for 15 days, and had a chance to put in some good practices to get ready. We have run this meet every year we have had a high school team. We’ve taken home plenty of medals, but never placed higher than 3rd in the team scores. The hopes were high that this would be the year we would move up in the standings and take home a little more hardware. The course was changed from past years due to construction at the park. It is now much more difficult, requiring the athletes to go up the big, steep hill two times. It was not a day to worry about times. It was a day to persevere to the finish; a day to give your best effort to stay ahead of as many competitors as possible.

Our JV runners would get first crack at the new course. Johannah Lee toed the starting line for the first time in a cross country race. She went out conservatively, but it was not long before she moved up into 3rd place. As the field behind her struggled on the difficult course, Johannah kept pushing forward and held her spot to the end. It was an encouraging first race and raises our chances for a good showing in Rochester. Andrea Coulter went out strong and was running with the leaders early. The course humbled her some from then on, but she held on for a top-10 ribbon. Stefanie Klaves enjoyed her day in the JV race. She stayed close to Andrea the whole way and finished a couple spots behind her in 12th. Danny Wickman had an inspiring start in the boys JV race. He was the early leader before settling in for the long haul. He gave us his usual great finish, and capped off some good DASH JV racing.

The varsity girls were inspired at the start and got out fast. At the half mile mark all five of the girls were in the top-6. Then the tough course spread the race out a bit. Andrea Beck remained the leader throughout the race. A few Rufus King girls kept her in their sights, but her relentless pace proved to much for the field. It would be a first place finish for Andrea! Kayla Bruton was determined to have another great race and she did. The course wore her out some, but she was able to stride in for a 6th place finish. DASH newcomer Marlissa Muckerheide impressed everyone with her effort. She fell down the big hill both times, but got up and just kept going.  She had used up all her energy by the time she hit the finish line and collapsed after crossing the line. A paramedic parent from Rufus King was on hand to help revive her, and she looked fine when called up later to receive her 8th place medal. Lucretia Nyhart was the only athlete to lower her best time this year on this tough course. She kept Marlissa in her sights, and raced in to a well-earned 11th place finish. It was great to see Lucretia running this well. Zipporah Caspers ran well early, but was definitely slowed by the tough course. She finished in 16th place, just missing out on an individual medal. It was a great effort by the girls. Now we would have to wait for the award ceremony to see just how well the team did overall.

It was now time for the varsity boys race and our attempt to dethrone the Rufus King team who had won this meet every year for as long as we have had a high school team. Ransom Nyhart paced Jacob Dickman through the first half of the course with both boys staying ahead of the top King athlete. Jacob took control of the race late with a blistering last mile. It was a great win for Jacob, and it gave the team an early lead. Ransom Nyhart overcame tumbling down the big hill to leave everyone behind him but his teammate Jacob. Our stars had come through. Rufus King had their first runner place third, but Justin Chu was right behind giving us 3 of the top 4. Justin has the confidence to run with the leaders now. He kept Ransom and Jacob in his sights the whole way and has taken this team to yet another level. After Justin’s finish, the DASH fans turned to cheer Joe Hughes’ sprint to the finish. Joe always gives us a great race. That gave us 4 of the top 6, but there’s more. Matt Lange moved up methodically throughout the race with some inspiring running and was the next runner in. Then John Sherman outkicked a couple athletes to finish right after Matt.  Eight boys had finished and six had donned DASH yellow. A legendary showing! Samuel Zinkgraf was back and looked pretty good coming off a football injury. He will be keeping up with the other guys soon adding more depth to the team. It is good to have him back.

The awards ceremony was extra special. We had 10 athletes called up for top-15 medals. Then the girls team was awarded the 2nd place team trophy. They finished just nine points out of first. A gasp, then a cheer, went out when the boys winning team score was announced – 20 points! The first place trophy was ours. We waited 7 years to win a trophy at this meet, and now we had two! It was time for celebrating, and a time to gather together for some team photos.

Thanks go out to all the DASH fans, including Pete Dickman on his bike, who followed the athletes and cheered them on all over the course. Thanks to our official scorekeepers, Mary Beck and Emily Caspers. Thanks to the camera lady, Daniel Caspers, and myself for the great photos. Thanks to Dave Anderson, a Rufus King father and a paramedic, for assisting Marlissa back to health after the race. We need to keep her healthy the rest of the way. We have three weeks left in the season, including another big meet this Thursday that we should be very competitive in. You will not want to miss it!

Take care,
Jim Caspers


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