DASH Middle School Cross Country 2014 Kettle Moraine Lutheran Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The middle school cross country team was back at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School yesterday. It sun was out. The wind was blowing. It was a perfect fall day to run and complete the team’s regular season schedule.

We ran only six girls because of vacations and other conflicts. Julianna Caspers was the team leader again on this 2500 meter course. She sprinted to a 12th place finish out of 120 participants in the 6th grade race. Faith Caspers raced to a 13th place finish in the 8th grade race, but was five seconds behind Julianna’s time as they continue to race close each meet. Katrina Lipski lowered her time from last week by 25 seconds which kept her happy. Grace Caspers was healthy and ready to race for the first time this year. She looked great and set her personal record for this distance. Naomi Zhou was not at her best, but she ran hard to the finish. Mary LeSac got off to a very slow start, but ended up beating two athletes.

Joshua Anumolu went out fast as usual, and hung on for a 14th place finish. He is now ready for some championships racing. John Klaves continued his great season, battling to the end and finishing 28th. The 6th and understand boys race had 144 finishers, by far the largest of the day. Leif Kostrzewa paced the boys from the start and ended up in 31st place. Daniel Caspers ran much better this week and was our next athlete in. Joshua LeSac fell down in the woods behind the baseball diamond. He recovered, but found himself racing with Seka Kostrzewa the rest of the way. Seka was determined to keep up, and he did, finishing just a split second behind Joshua. Joshua Lipski finished his first cross country season with another solid race. Elijah Anumolu came in shortly after Joshua as usual. Andre Coulter looked good in spurts and beat four athletes to the finish.

The fun run is always looked forward to at this meet. Three dads and three moms joined the kids for one final showdown. Awards and bragging rights were on the line. Mr. Beck got out fast and relentlessly moved up until he found himself in 2nd place at the finish line. The coach ran with Julianna early before his pace proved too much for the DASH star. The coach then had his eyes on Daniel just ahead, finally surging past him at the far end of the soccer field. It would be a 9th place finish for the coach. Daniel was the first athlete in, coming in right behind the coach and running about the exact time he did in the meet. Mr. Klaves got out fast and finished in 13th place. Mrs. Clark now holds the title of Fastest DASH Mom after staying ahead of Mrs. LeSac and Mrs. Couppee. It was a great showing from the moms and a great way to end another day of DASH racing.

Thanks to Mr. Beck for collecting the cards at the end of each race, and for his help with the coaching. Thanks to Zipporah Caspers and Lucretia Nyhart for helping with the pictures. Thanks to all the DASH parents who got the athletes to the meets all season long. We have to do it one more time in Verona at the championships!

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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