DASH High School Track 2015 Watertown Gosling Open Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The full DASH high school track and field team was in action Saturday in Watertown for the very competitive Gosling Open. It was a beautiful day to run, jump, and throw; and with no relays, it was a great day to post some individual times in a lot of events, and give the coach an idea of where everyone should be running later in the year. There would be no holding back with teammates racing each other in the same heats. The day stayed very competitive and interesting right down to the last race.

The discus throwers started early because of a high number of athletes. Jeremy Marek threw the discus for the first time and almost broke the DASH record with a throw of 67’01”. Samuel Zinkgraf almost matched him with his throw measuring just two inches less. Noah Evans showed some promise throwing for the first time. For the girls discus, Andrea Beck broke her own DASH record with her 72’03” throw. Zipporah Caspers had her personal best by over seven feet, and Nina Smrecek broke 50 feet for the first time. The girls long jump was another event where the DASH athletes stayed very close. Stefanie Klaves and Johannah Lee both saved their best jumps for last with Stefanie edging Johannah by an inch. Kayla Bruton jumped for the first time in competition and topped out at 10’09”. Jeremy Marek proved to be our best long jumper, with Tommy Ebert and Justin Chu close behind. In the shot put, Samuel Zinkgraf and Joe Hughes threw to personal bests with Samuel throwing just an inch farther. The consistent Samuel Lee actually tied his personal best.

Andrea Coulter and Zipporah Caspers got the racing started with their 1600 heat. Andrea Coulter just missed breaking 7 minutes. Justin Chu, Joe Hughes, and Samuel Zinkgraf raced each other in the boys 1600. Joe had the early lead, but Justin later chased him down as the two broke away from the field, pushing each other to personal bests. Samuel Zinkgraf had his signature last lap, with an inspiring charge to the finish. Stefanie Klaves looked fast in her 200 heat, staying just ahead of Johannah Lee. Andrea Beck and Kayla Bruton went head-to-head in another heat. Kayla was able to break 30 seconds while Andrea just missed with her 30.13. Tommy Ebert looked great while winning his 200 heat which included Noah Evans and Samuel Lee. Jeremy Marek ran in the next heat and posted the best time for the boys – 27.86. Johannah Lee raced her first individual 800 meter race without any teammates as Jessy Homa and Andrea Beck had to drop out because of illness. She would be less lonely later on in the 400. In his first attempt at the 800, Noah Evans had a great first lap and worked hard the second lap to post a good time. Samuel Lee had his usual strong finish to break his personal record by three seconds. Justin Chu broke 2:30 for the first time in the 800, not long after his 1600 race. His finished 6th overall. We had a big contingent in the 100. Bekka Homa got things started, followed by Zipporah Caspers. They do not get to run the 100 every day and made the most of it. Stefanie Klaves and Andrea Coulter raced side by side in their heat with Stefanie staying ahead by a couple steps. Nina Smrecek was next with a time of 16.14. Kayla Bruton edged Andrea Beck again, finishing in under 14 seconds and placing 10th overall. She is fast. Tommy Ebert and Jeremy Marek looked good in their 100 heats, running before the much anticipated race between Joe Hughes and Samuel Zinkgraf. Samuel got off to a slightly better start. With both athletes clearly holding nothing back, Samuel was able to hold his lead to the end, winning the heat and staying just a tenth of a second ahead of Joe. The pictures show it better than words. The coach signed up everyone for the 400, but with the health of the team not being so good a few dropped out. Stefanie Klaves stayed a few steps ahead of Bekka Homa in the first heat. In a close second heat, Andrea Coulter proved the fastest with her 1:19 time. Zipporah Caspers started strong and came in next, just edging Johannah Lee, followed by Nina Smrecek. Andrea Beck later won her heat, coming from behind to win with a time of 1:09. For the boys, Jeremy Marek coasted to victory in his heat. We had five athletes in the next heat. Justin Chu held off Joe Hughes with both boys finishing in 1:03. Samuel Zinkgraf, feeling the effects of his 100, was next, just ahead of Tommy Ebert, who was just ahead of Noah Evans. It was another close race and a fitting way to end the day of racing.

Thanks to all the families who made the drive to Watertown. I find this to be a very well run meet, with a great format for an early season race. I hope everyone thought the drive was worth it. Thanks to Mr. Beck for his usual, and essential help with coaching the team. Thanks to Grace Zinkgraf, who was called upon to take the photos as all the usual photographers were nowhere to be found. We will have to call on her again as the photos were exceptional. The team has another big meet this Wednesday in Muskego. The season is starting to go by fast. You will not want to miss it.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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