Hello DASH families,

The DASH cross country team finished another season yesterday at Badger Prairie County Park in Verona, competing in the Wisconsin Homeschool Championships. Eight teams from around the state all get together each year for this race. It is a chance to see how we stack up against the best homeschoolers in the state.

The high school boys race was first on the schedule, and it was to be the stiffest competition ever at this event. Our boys got out the gates in good position, but we soon found ourselves trying to keep up with the Chippewa Valley team. Jacob Dickman ran inspired, finishing 4th overall with a DASH record 17:17 time. Ransom Nyhart broke 18 minutes on the hilly course, but that time was only good for 11th place. Justin Chu was our third runner in once again, staying just ahead of Joe Hughes at the finish. They both set personal best times of 18:23 and 18:24. John Sherman gave us a fifth runner under 19 minutes for the first time ever. Our boys times prove how well they ran, yet the Chippewa Valley team had an even more amazing day to keep our boys in 2nd. Matt Lange pointed all the teams behind us as our pusher extraordinaire. His personal best 19:23 time was good for 25th overall. Sam Zinkgraf had his best race of the season, pushing up the scores on four teams. Twenty-one athletes broke 19 minutes, and eight more broke 20. The homeschool boys are running fast.

There was no clear favorite in the girls high school race. It was going to be interesting to see how the race filtered out at the mile mark to see exactly which teams were still in contention.  Andrea Beck raced through in 4th place, a place which she would hold to the finish. Kayla Bruton came through next. She would break 24 minutes and finish 12th overall. Lucretia Nyhart was running good at the mile. She would later be caught by Johannah Lee and Jessy Homa. All three girls crossed the finish in line in succession posting low 25 minute times. The Homeschool Eagles and Chippewa Valley teams were both running very close to us throughout.  We would have to wait for the official results to find out we ended up. When the results were posted, we had finished just 2 points out of first, and just two points ahead of third. Oh, the ways we could have made up two more points! Zipporah Caspers was our next runner in and would have won a tie-breaker. We were so close. Andrea Coulter kept up her great end of season running, beating her personal best by over 30 seconds. Stefanie Klaves forgot her warmups and never got up to full speed this time.

Our young middle school boys team was next. Joshua Anumolu ran in the top-10 the whole way and finished in 8th place overall. John Klaves moved up throughout and ended up finishing right behind Joshua giving us two in the top-9. Leif Kostrzewa had another great day. The 4th grader really battled at the end and gave us a nice 18th place finish. Joshua LeSac gave us great effort as usual and was our 4th scorer. Daniel Caspers fell off the pace early and was not able to catch back up to Joshua. When the results were posted, the boys placed 4th overall. Seka Kostrzewa was the first 3rd grade under runner to the finish, earning him the 3rd grade blue ribbon. Ed Sherman was our 7th runner in followed by Elijah Anumolu and Andre Coulter.

Rebecca Dickman led the middle school girls team from start to finish, gliding in to a 8th place finish. Faith Caspers gave us a 2nd runner in the top-10 with a good effort. Julianna Caspers moved up and raced with three Chippewa Valley girls. She beat all but one to the finish and placed 12th overall, and took home the top 3rd grade and under ribbon. Kayla Walters was our 4th runner in and placed 18th overall. Angela Walters ran very strong and posted a time of 15:15, good for 24th place. She was easily the second 3rd grade and under runner in, and helped the team to a solid 3rd place team finish. Mia Wickman finished in 28th place overall. Katrina Lipski and Naomi Zhou got their first taste of championship racing.

The team had two 2nd place finishes, plus one 3rd and one 4th place finish. We had had a very good day despite not taking home any 1st place trophies. We were the only team to take home two high school trophies. We also took home ten top-15 medals, plus the two 3rd grade and under awards. It will be a year to be remembered. Now it is time to exhale and rest up through the winter.

Thanks to all the families who made the trip to Verona to see the championship racing. Thanks to all those who helped with things like setting up and taking down the tent, getting the name tags pinned on, helping with the pot-luck setup, and handing out suckers after the pee-wee race. Thanks to the camera lady and Andrea Beck who along with myself got some great photos from the days big races. It is now time to put the DASH Blog to rest for a season. I hope to see you at the end-of-the-year party.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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