DASH Middle School Track 2015 University Indoor Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school track team was found at UW-Milwaukee last Saturday, competing in the 7th annual University Indoor. Our team is bigger than it has ever been, and for the first time ever we paid for two teams to fit everyone in. This is our most competitive meet of the year, with 21 of the area’s best teams competing. Our weaknesses are always exposed which gives us an early opportunity to see what we need to work on to be ready for the big meets ahead. The meet was professionally timed this year which was a nice bonus. To keep the meet report to a manageable length, I will only be touching on the highlights.

In the 50 meters, Ben Hughes got the DASH season started while breaking 8 seconds for the team’s fastest time of the day. Four 5th graders, all in their first race, broke 9 seconds and finished in the top third. Noah Howard led the way with an impressive 6th place finish. Salim Lubbad, Ethan Blischke, and Jeffrey Breiling were right behind. Our 5th grade boys team is big and very good this year. In the 800 meter race, For the first time, John Klaves crossed the finish line a few seconds ahead of Joshua Anumolu. It will be fun watching these two go head-to-head the rest of the season. In the 7th grade race, Zachary Werner edged Thomas Breiling and Elijah Johnson with some strong running. All three boys were within a couple seconds of each other. Noah Howard raced his 800 meters in 2:45 to smash the DASH 5th grade record, and earned his second 6th place ribbon of the day. Ethan Blischke leaned ahead of Jeffery Breiling at the finish, both posting times of 3:02. We have never had a 5th grade threesome run that well. In the 200 meters, Timmy Ebert showed us some good speed in the 6th grade race. Salim Lubbad and Alexander Taylor ran to top-20 finishes among the 5th graders. Nathanael Chu and Micah Chan also ran fast and posted nice times. There is only a 4×200 relay at this meet, and the competition is always particularly fierce. Our 8th grade boys, Joshua Anumolu, Ben Hughes, and John Klaves, ran with a 6th grade anchor, Daniel Caspers, and posted a respectable time of 2:10. Our 5th grade boys team of Noah Howard, Jeffrey Breiling, Salim Lubbad, and Alexander Taylor was our only team to finish top-10. In the 1600, Daniel Caspers and Joshua LeSac pushed each other to personal records. Team competition is good. Jeffrey Breiling raced to a 6:47 time in the 5th grade race. In the 400 meters, our three 8th grade boys powered their way to the teams best times of the day with John Klaves coming in just ahead of Joshua Anumolu and Ben Hughes. In the 5th grade race, Ethan Blischke gave us yet another good race, posting a 1:21 time.

The girls did not get started until about 3:00, but it was worth the wait. In the 50 meters, Rebecca Bruton proved the fastest among our girls with a time of 8.88. Abbey Novak posted the best 5th grade time, and Emliy Zielinski overcame a bad start to win her heat. Our 3rd grade sprinting stars, Madelyn Zielinski and Savanna Bruton, also came in under 10 seconds. In the 800, DASH veterans Faith Caspers and Kayla Walters earned the girls first ribbons with 6th and 8th place finishes. Julianna Caspers showed us her racing savvy as she ran out to an early lead, and then held off all challengers to win her 800 heat by a wide margin. Abby Chu, Stephanie Chu, and Emma Taylor all broke 35 seconds in the 200. Emily Zielinski showed us her nice stride in the 5th grade race and earned herself the 5th place ribbon. The 4×200 relay was next. Our 8th grade team of Kayla Walters, Katrina Lipski, Abby Chu, and Kayla Walters ran to the 7th place finish. Our 6th grade team of Stephanie Chu, Emily Zielinski, Rebekah Melder, and Rebecca Bruton got out to a great start and held off all but two teams to take the 3rd place ribbons. Faith Caspers has run the 1600 in all seven University Indoor meets and has taken 2nd four times, but this year her race proved amazingly tough. Faith settled for 7th this year. The 5th grade 1600 proved to be our best race once again this year. Julianna Caspers and another girl jockeyed for the lead throughout, eventually lapping the field. Julianna came up a second short this time and settled for 2nd. Grace Caspers surged ahead in the last two laps and moved up to finish 4th. Angela Walters struggled in the middle of the race, but came on strong at the end to finish 6th. Our 2nd grade trio had racked up 16 team points in just one race! We had now made it to the 400, the last race of the long day. Kayla Walters’ 1:17 was good for 8th overall, and Abby Chu just missed a ribbon with a 1:19. Emma Taylor who had been with us all day long, still had enough energy left to run a 1:24. Stephanie Chu impressed the coach with her 1:21 time. It was her first 400. Abbey Novak ran in the final race of the day, and came from behind to finish 3rd in her heat. This meet was in the books.

Having your longest, toughest meet of the year first on the schedule is bound to be humbling. We certainly took our lumps, but going over the results has confirmed to me that this is a very good team, and it will only get better in the weeks ahead. We do have plenty of things that need working on, so the next few practices will be very important. I hope to see you there.

Special thanks to Mr. Beck for his help with the coaching. I never had such an easy time getting everyone checked in, and that was mostly because of Ed. Thanks to all the parents who came and cheered throughout the long day, especially those with boys and girls on the team. Thanks to our camera lady contingent of Zipporah Caspers and Andrea Beck. Faith Caspers was also called on to help out when not running. The girls used my new camera and the photos came out much better this time. We have such an exciting team this year, and we have five more opportunities to watch them run. It is going to be fun.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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