DASH 2014 Middle School Cross Country Brookfield Academy Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The middle school cross country team had some great weather to race in yesterday at Brookfield Academy. This would be the team’s smallest meet of the year, but the competition proved to be very good. The course was longer than advertised – I think it was over two miles – which would be humbling to our first year athletes, but overall it was another successful and exciting meet.

The girls ran first. Julianna Caspers was out fast pushing the pace, showing sister Faith that keeping up with her would be no easy task. Julianna was always trying to stay a step ahead, but in the end Faith proved a couple steps faster. Order had been restored. Kayla Walters looked good at this longer distance and was our next runner in. The 5k high school distance she gets to run next year should not be a problem for her. Mia Wickman made it to the race just in time and impressed the coach with her time, too. Our 8th grade girls are very good. Angela Walters started out running great, but the distance was a little long for her. She got in a good workout pushing herself that far. Katrina Lipski came in right after Angela, giving us her best race of the year. She looked very strong at the end. It was a plus to be a strong 8th grader in this race. Naomi Zhou gave us her usual good effort. She is running well. Sarah Lindberg put in a good first mile, but definitely hit a wall after that. Greenfield Park on Saturday will be welcomed by Sarah. Mary LeSac gave us good effort and a good race.

Joshua Anumolu ran with the leaders early, then settled in and raced to an impressive 3rd place finish. John Klaves also ran fast the whole way and finished in 7th. As you can tell, I wanted to see how our 8th graders would handle a race at this distance. They all met my high expectations. Leif Kostrzewa really fought hard the whole and was able to hold off all challengers at the finish as usual. Joshua LeSac stayed close to Leif this time out. He had his best race of the year, and beat all of our girls times. Daniel Caspers did not have his best, but he never gave up and pushed hard to the finish. Seka Kostrzewa posted a great time. Nothing, not even a 2 mile run, is too much for Seka. Ed Sherman was back and looked better than he has all season. Let’s hope we can keep him healthy the rest of the way. Joshua Lipski ran a good race and is blowing by people with his kick at the end. It is exciting to watch him. Elijah Anumolu kept Joshua in his sights as he continues to impress. Joe Laufenberg is slowly getting better each race. Andre Coulter stayed close to Joe most of the race. He will like the shorter races ahead.

This will not go down as our most important meet of the season, but a long race like this is helpful to see where we are as a team and where the team needs work. We would expect our older, more experienced runners to handle a race like this better than the younger kids, and that is what we saw. Our next race will be on our practice field. There will be no surprises or problems with pacing for us there.

Thanks to Jodi LeSac for handling the official scoring for the team. Thanks to Ed Beck for his coaching assistance and for his help at the finish line. Thanks to Brookfield Academy for giving us a tough course, and for picking a date that we could fit in our schedule this year. It was yours truly who took all the photos this time. It was the first time I have ever taken more than a handful of them at a meet. To get the pictures at this meet would require a little running, so I decided to take on the duties myself. I missed a few at the finish, but overall they turned out OK. The racing is hardly over yet this week. It is no time to rest. The best may be yet to come.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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