DASH Middle School Track 2015 WI School for the Deaf Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school track team competed at the WI School for the Deaf on Thursday. The meet was small, but not as small as in previous years. We had a cool, sunny day, without the strong winds from earlier in the week. The setting would make it a great day to post some good times, competing for the first time outdoors this season.

Field events were first on the schedule. The practicing we have put in this month would be put to the test. In the discus, Sarah Lindberg’s throw of 48 feet was good for 3rd place, and Emma Taylor backed her up with a 5th place throw. We had seven of our boy discus throwers in the top-9. Elijah Anumolu and Caleb Alles were our top throwers, with Elijah’s throw landing just two inches farther. Elijah Johnson, Bryant Farrell, Andre Coulter, Ethan Blischke, and Joshua Lipski all ended up less than three feet apart. We have some very good young throwers. Kayla Walters placed 4th in the shot put. Katrina Lipski, Faith Caspers, Annika Lipski also threw well. For the boys, Joshua Anumolu was not to be beaten with his throw of 26’8″. Peter Chan and Bryant Farrell gave us three of the top 4 throwers. Zachary Werner and Elijah Anumolu also placed well. In the long jump, Stephanie Chu and Alexa Dawson were the only girls to land over 11 feet away. Grace Zinkgraf and Abbu Chu gave us two more girls in the top-6. John Klaves jumped to a personal best 13’06, good for 3rd place. Alexander Taylor, Isaac Johnson, and Joshua LeSac also finished in the top-10. It was a good effort from the team in their first chance at field events this season.

The running events started at 4:15, and Grace Zinkgraf was ready to win the 100 meter hurdles again this year. Emma Taylor was brave enough to get through every obstacle put in her way to take an easy 2nd. Noah Howard also took 2nd place in the boys 110 meter hurdles. Caleb Alles and Ethan Blischke got through the course to take 3rd and 4th. Alexander Taylor was our lone casualty among this brave bunch. Kayla Walters had the fastest 100 time among the girls to take 5th. Emily Zielinski came in ahead Alexa Dawson and Mia Wickman in her heat with all three girls placing in the top-10. Abbey Novak and Madelyn Zielinski gave us six girls finishing in under 17 seconds. In the boys 100, Joshua Anumolu raced to a 6th place finish, followed by Salim Lubbad in 8th. Micah Chan raced in just ahead of Nathanael Chu, with Isaac Johnson also looking fast. Faith Caspers raced to a 3rd place finish in the 1600 with a nice time of 6:35. Julianna Caspers was right behind with a season-best 6:43. Katrina Lipski gave us 3 in the top 5 with her impressive racing. The boy 1600 team struggled, but Joshua LeSac held on for 4th place, and Daniel Caspers settled for 6th. Zachary Werner, who was running sick, and Joshua Lipski also worked hard. Our 4×200 girls ‘b’ relay team of Abbey Novak, Madelyn Zielinski, Sierra Dawson, and Grace Zinkgraf posted the 2nd best time of the day. It would take another DASH team to beat them – our ‘a’ team of Stephanie Chu, Alexa Dawson, Mia Wickman, and Emily Zielinski. Our boys 4×200 ‘b’ team of Peter Chan, Andre Coulter, Micah Chan, and Nathanael Chu were very competitive, and our ‘a’ team of Salim Lubbad, John Klaves, Noah Howard, and Joshua Anumolu finished a close 2nd. Kayla Walters with a 1:15, and Abby Chu with a 1:17 were our top 400 runners. Stephanie Chu and Emma Taylor each won their 400 heats. John Klaves raced to an impressive victory with a 1:06 in the boys 400. Noah Howard’s great time of 1:15 was good for 4th. Elijah Johnson had a very good race, and Caleb Alles won his all-DASH heat easily. The 4×100 relay was next, and the girls teams were back running fast. Emma Taylor, Mia Wickman, and Madelyn Zielinski got the baton to Jenna Walters with a big lead for an easy first heat win. We had four 8th grade girls on our ‘a’ team. Grace Zinkgraf, Abby Chu, Faith Caspers, and Kayla Walters beat two very good teams by over 2 seconds to give the DASH team another victory. In the 800, Faith Caspers paced the girls with another 3rd place finish. Julianna Caspers stayed ahead of Abbey Novak at the finish to place 4th. It was good to see Abbey running so well, and to get three girls in the top-5. Katrina Lipski and Sarah Lindberg ran very hard to go 1-2 in the first 800 heat. Joshua Anumolu and John Klaves gave us a big 1-2 finish in the boys 800, both posting personal bests. 5th graders Noah Howard and Ethan Blischke ran with the big guys and gave us very nice 4th and 6th place finishes. Grace Zinkgraf’s 200 time of 33.19 proved the fastest among the girls. Abby Chu posted a nice time under 34 seconds, while Stephanie Chu, Alexa Dawson, and Emily Zielinski all came in under 35 seconds. That gave us five girls in the top-10. The girls speed was noticed by the other coaches. In the boys 200, Salim Lubbad and Alexander Taylor were our top boys. Nathanael Chu raced in ahead of Micah Chan this time, and Andre Coulter passed Bryant Farrell down the stretch in their heat. Our boys were very young, but held up well.

Thanks to all the parents who got the athletes to the meet in Delavan ready to run, throw, and jump. Thanks to Mr. Beck for also making the drive to Delavan to assist with the coaching. Thanks to our shot put volunteers, Nina Smrecek and Zipporah Caspers. The meet was bigger this year, and the meet coordinator was very happy we could help him out. Thanks to my wife and Zipporah Caspers for being the camera ladies and taking some great photos so we can remember how fast we ran and how much fun we had. But we cannot rest on our laurels with so many big meets ahead next month. It is time to keep practicing hard and getting even better. Our next meet is next Saturday. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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