Archive for May, 2015

Hello DASH families,

Our big middle school track and field team completed their season last Saturday at Quad Park in Milwaukee. The meet is hosted by St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Wauwatosa, and is timed by Marquette University High School. That combination gets this meet running smooth, and it gets us the results just minutes after the meet is completed. This meet also gives out great awards, but with 17 teams on hand this year to compete for them, we would have to be fast to get our fair share. The weather turned out to be warmer than usual, so the times were not as fast as they could have been. But overall, the team competed at a very high level, leaving us as one of the teams whose awards hardly fit in their container.

In field events, the team had another exceptional day. In the softball throw, Caleb Alles went over 100 feet to place fourth, with Tyler Howard throwing 90 feet, and Joshua Lipski coming in at 75. Elijah Anumolu threw 89 feet in the 6th grade competition. For the girls, Alexa Dawson’s 89’02’ throw was the 2nd best in DASH history. Annika Lipski threw the ball past 50 feet, and Julianna Caspers threw it the farthest among our little girls. In the discus, Caleb Alles was back impressing us with his 53 foot throw. The throw earned him the 2nd place medal, just missing first by half an inch. The 1st place thrower could have been called for a fault, but middle school meets almost never do that. Elijah Anumolu and Joshua Lipski also landed good throws over 40 feet. Emma Taylor has the discus release technique down and earned the 8th place ribbon with her 45 foot throw. In the shot put, Zachary Werner had a good throw of over 20 feet. Joshua Anumolu muscled a throw of 27 feet to place 8th. Katrina Lipski had a good throw of 16 feet for the girls. In the long jump, Noah Howard’s 11’10” jump was six inches farther than any other 5th grade boy. Jeffrey Breiling came in at exactly 10 feet. Joshua LeSac jumped 10’10” in the 6th grade division, and John Klaves got his big day started with a 14’3″ leap to place 3rd among the 8th graders. Madelyn Zielinksi was the best of our 5th grade girl long jumpers. Kayla Walters had a season best 12’6″ jump to place 5th, and Faith Caspers, jumping for the first time this year, placed 8th with an 11’09.50″ leap.

In our previous two large meets, the team had plenty of 2nd place finishes, but we never had anyone able to earn a 1st place award. That would be accomplished this time in the first race of the day, the 5th grade girls 1600. Julianna Caspers ran her first two laps in 2nd place, well back of 1st. In the third lap she kept her eye on the leader and started closing the gap. Then on the bell lap, (yes, they really have a bell at this meet), she showed off her finishing kick at the 200 mark, startling the leader as she went past, and pulling away from everyone to give the team a big victory, finishing in 6:42. Grace Caspers also ran well posting a 7:52. Faith Caspers had a 6th place finish in the 8th grade race, with Katrina Lipski working hard behind her to place 9th in 7:26. Noah Howard and Jeffrey Breiling give the team a pair of 1600 runners like we have never had before. Noah raced in in just 6:04 to place 4th, with Jeffrey posting an impressive 6:21 time to place 7th. In past years they may have gone 1-2 with those times. Joshua LeSac raced to the 6th place ribbon and Daniel Caspers finished 9th in the 6th grade race. Our sprinters came out next for the 100 meter races. Emily Zielinski placed 4th with her 15.90. Madelyn Zielinski, racing in the same heat, posted a nice 17.20 time. Abbey Novak won her heat and placed 8th overall. Kayla Walters had the fastest girls time of 15.42 to place 10th. Salim Lubbad lived up to his role as the teams’ star sprinter with his 8th place 15.80 run. Tyler Howard and Micah Chan also ran well. Timmy Ebert was our best 6th grader, and Luis Rosario finished his 7th grade race in 14.91 to place 9th. John Klaves warmed up with a 100 meter 14.12 to finish 8th overall. In the 4×400 relay, Abbey Novak got the 5th grade team into the lead after the first lap. 2nd graders Angela Walters, Grace Caspers, and Julianna Caspers kept us very competitive the next three laps and the team finished in 5th place. Abby Chu got the 8th grade team into 2nd place after one lap. Then Faith Caspers and Emma Taylor withstood numerous challenges and held our position. Kayla Walters ran the anchor lap and got passed for a short time, but then she showed off her speed at the end. The 2nd place medals were ours. Our 5th grade boys team of Salim Lubbad, Nathanael Chu, Alexander Taylor, and Noah Howard placed 6th, as did our 6th grade team of Timmy Ebert, Joshua LeSac, Caleb Alles, and Daniel Caspers. Our 8th grade team of John Klaves, Joshua Anumolu, Thomas Breiling, and Zachary Werner finished in 5:13 to place 2nd. In the 800, Julianna Caspers and Abbey Novak both ran to personal bests and placed 6th and 7th. Faith Caspers broke 3 minutes and placed 4th. Abby Chu clearly enjoyed her first 800 run and earned the 7th place ribbon. John Klaves and Joshua Anumolu finished just a second apart again in the 800. This time John crossed the line first in just 2:33 to place 2nd. In the 200 meter races, Emily Zielinski’s fast 34.06 time was good for 5th place. Madelyn Zielinski had an amazing 36.59 time to place 14th. Sierra Dawson stayed ahead of Mary LeSac, Jenna Walters, and Becca Werner to win a fun heat. Alexa Dawson placed 7th in the 6th grade division with her 33.47 time. Stephanie Chu won her heat with a 33.50 to place 9th. Kayla Walters finished 4th overall in a very close 8th grade race. It took a personal best 31.88 to hold everyone off. Salim Lubbad and Alexander Taylor raced in the same heat, and kept an eye on each other. Salim finished just ahead and earned the 6th place ribbon. Caleb Alles beat Nathanael Chu, Micah Chan, and Andre Coulter to the finish in an earlier heat. In the 400, Abbey Novak raced around in 1:24 to place 6th. Grace Caspers stayed ahead of Angela Walters in the same heat. Stephanie Chu won her heat of the 400 in 1:25. Rebekah Melder was right behind with a 1:30. Kayla Walters stayed a step ahead of Abby Chu in their 400 heat. Noah Howard placed 8th with a 1:17 time. Alexander Taylor came in ahead of Nathanael Chu and Tyler Howard in the previous heat. John Klaves and Joshua Anumolu were back to battle each other in the last 400 heat. John was again a second ahead with a 1:08 to place 3rd, with Joshua finishing 5th. The 4×100 relay had arrived. Grace Caspers, Angela Walters, Mary LeSac, and Sierra Dawson posted a great time of 1:19 to place 9th. Our good 6th grade team of Stephanie Chu, Emily Zielinski, Abbey Novak, and Alexa Dawson finished in just 1:03 to earn the 3rd place medals. We had two good 5th grade boys teams. Salim Lubbad, Alexander Taylor, Tyler Howard, and Noah Howard finished in 3rd, just .19 seconds out of 2nd. The team of Nathanael Chu, Joshua Lipski, Micah Chan, and Andre Coulter looked fast and finished 6th. I always make sure to get our 8th graders into a 4×100 at the end, giving us one last chance to cheer for them as middle schoolers. Abby Chu, Kayla Walters, Katrina Lipski, and Faith Caspers raced around the track one last lap in 1:04. 8th graders John Klaves and Joshua Anumolu were joined by Joshua LeSac and Daniel Caspers for their last race as middle schoolers. The high school team beckons.

This was our biggest middle school team we have every fielded, getting me to pay for two teams at three of the meets to fit everyone in. It will also go down as one of our youngest teams, and as one of our best. The team proved too big to ever get everyone together for a team picture which is unfortunate. We hardly had time to get a bite to eat without missing an event. Our 10th year as a team is now complete. Having a big team like this was just a dream when we started. I know we are recognized by others as having one of the good teams, which makes all the work worth it.

Thanks to all the parents who made it through another all day meet. Thanks to the athletes for letting me run them so hard. Thanks to the high school team who have been volunteered to help with the field events and timing at last three middle school meets, especially Zipporah Caspers, Samuel Zinkgraf, Stefanie Klaves, Nina Smrecek, Andrea Beck, Renee Walters, and Andrea Coulter. The photos turned out great. Make sure to thank my wife, the camera lady, and Zipporah Caspers for their efforts. Capturing the middle school team in photos is a lot of work. Thanks to all the DASH fans for cheering the team on, especially those that come wearing DASH yellow. The end-of-the-year party is tomorrow, and then we gear up for cross country. It is always fun. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school track and field team finished their season last Tuesday in Delavan in a meet hosted by the Wisconsin School for the Deaf. With two teams backing out at the last minute, we were left racing mainly the host team and one of our natural rivals, the Homeschool Eagles. We had our full girls team on hand to try to win the team title for the third year in a row. The task would be harder for the boys as they would end up running very short-handed. The weather was perfect for a fast day of racing. In fact, the racing proved so fast that the meet ended up taking less than two hours to complete.

The field events started at 3:30. Andrea Beck threw the discus 69-10 to give us an early victory. Nina Smrecek threw her discus over 10 feet farther than she ever has to place 3rd, with Zipporah Caspers right behind in 4th. Noah Evans placed 4th in the shot-put with a throw of over 28 feet. Samuel Lee had a personal best throw of 24-07. Renee Walters impressively won the girls shot put by over three feet. Jeremy Marek and Noah Evans placed 3-4 in the discus, both throwing over 64 feet. Kayla Bruton won the girls long jump by one inch, while Stefanie Klaves missed 3rd by just an inch. Johannah Lee had her best outdoor jump of the season to place 5th. Nicholas Funk’s 15-04 jump only placed him 3rd, with Justin Chu placing 4th. Johannah Lee finished 2nd in the triple jump with a personal best 24-08.75.

The running started before our full team had arrived. Nina Smrecek filled in and ran anchor on the girls 4×800 team which placed 2nd. Johannah Lee, Jessy Homa, and Zipporah Caspers had the baton first. Kayla Bruton easily won the 100 meter race, and Stefanie Klaves backed her up with a close 2nd place finish. Renee Walters’ 15.35 was good for 5th. Nicholas Funk finished his 100 meter race in just 12.08 to win. Jeremy Marek’s 13.34 was good for 5th. Zebulon Caspers, wearing Noah Evans’ shoes and filling in for Danny Wickman, was 6th. DASH long-time star Andrea Beck led from start to finish in the 1600 meter race. The much anticipated boys 1600 race was next. The Eagles’ Dalton Rasmussen pushed the pace hard from the start and led for most of the race, but could never shake our own Jacob Dickman who stayed just a step behind. Jacob took over down the homestretch and raced to victory in just 4:49. Justin Chu stayed with the leaders through three laps, and was able to lower his personal record to 5:03. The race was as exciting as the times reflect. Our girls 4×200 team of Renee Walters, Stefanie Klaves, Jessy Homa, and Andrea Coulter raced out to the lead and ended up winning by over 12 seconds. In the 400, Johannah Lee and Bekka Homa placed 3rd and 4th. Samuel Lee followed with a 4th place finish in the boys race. In the 4×100 relay, the girls team of Nina Smrecek, Stefanie Klaves, Bekka Homa, and Andrea Coulter fell behind a good Eagles team, but ended up catching up near the end. It turned out the Eagles had missed a handoff so victory was ours. The boys team races a good Wisconsin School for the Deaf team. Jeremy Marek ran the first turn. On the second leg, Danny Wickman put us in the lead. Zebulon Caspers, running in socks, kept us a step ahead around the last turn, and Nicholas Funk would not be passed in the last 100. It took a DASH record 51.62 to win the race by less than a second. Andrea Beck, running with little rest, posted a good time of 2:45 to win the girls 800. Zipporah Caspers’ 2:58 placed 3rd, and Jessy Homa finished 5th. Also running without much of a break, Justin Chu’s 2:21 time was good for 3rd. Noah Evans and Samuel Lee placed 5th and 6th. Nina Smrecek won the first 200 heat and placed 4th, with Bekka Homa right behind in 5th. Kayla Bruton finished in under 29 seconds to claim another win. Nicholas Funk’s 25.68 200 time gave him another big 1st place finish. Danny Wickman won a close battle for 2nd with a nice time of 26.95. Jeremy Marek gave us 3 of the top 4 with his 27.78. Andrea Coulter and Jacob Dickman competed in the 3200. Both claimed easy victories, with Jacob even lapping the field. In the 4×400, Renee Walters was not feeling well and we fell behind the Eagles team after one lap. Zipporah Caspers kept us in about the same position through the second leg. Then Kayla Bruton took the baton, and with an inspired charge got the team within just a few steps of the Eagles. That was close enough for Andrea Beck to claim the lead around the first turn and hold on for one last victory. Kayla and Andrea had not been beaten all day. The boys team of Justin Chu, Danny Wickman, Noah Evans, and Jacob Dickman did not fare as well and settled for 2nd.

The girls came out on top in the team standings, but our good boys team just did not have enough athletes on hand to rack up the points needed for them to win. Overall this proved to be a very successful season with many DASH records being set. We should have almost all of our top stars coming back next year, and a good group of 8th graders moving up to join them. The future looks bright for this team.

Thanks to all the parents who, eventually, got the athletes to the meet in Delavan. Thanks to Mr. Beck for his help with the coaching. Thanks to the folks at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf for giving us one last meet to compete in. And thanks to Faith Caspers who took the majority of the photos. We still have the end-of-the-year party next week, and then cross country training all summer and into the fall. We will have time to reflect on our year of racing in November. We need to keep working until then.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The high school team participated in the annual Waukesha South Old-Fashioned Track Meet yesterday. This is the meet where the athletes get to pick their own events, and where the coach tries to prod them into adding a few more. The warm weather made it a great day to run the sprints, yet the distance runners also came through with some great times. This team also jumped and threw to some great results in the field events.

In the long jump, Kayla Bruton launched a 13’11” leap to lead the team. Stefanie Klaves and Jessy Homa had their best jumps of the year, and Renee Walters got in a late jump of 10’9″. Nicholas Funk went past 16 feet again, and Danny Wickman almost matched him with his 15’11.5″ effort. Justin Chu looked good in his 12’6″ jump. In the shot put, Renee Walters upped her DASH outdoor record to 24’9.50. Samuel Zinkgraf and Noah Evans put their shots within three inches of each other with high 27 foot marks. In the discus, Samuel Zinkgraf went over 70 feet again, with Jeremy Marek and Noah Evans also throwing well. Zipporah Caspers is throwing her discus consistently over 50 feet, and Nina Smrecek had a nice 43′ throw. Field event extraordinaire, Renee Walters, assumed the role of high school girls DASH discus record holder with her 79′ throw.

Danny Wickman, donning the DASH yellow for the first time this year, raced to a fast 12.65 100 meter time. Nicholas Funk looked like he might break 12 seconds until he held up at the end and got a 12.53 time. Tommy Ebert looked fast in getting a new personal best 13.68. Kayla Bruton raced into the 13’s in her heat of the 100. Nina Smrecek has rounded into form and ran to a personal best 14.46. Renee Walters and Stefanie Klaves pushed each other to season best times running side by side in the same heat. Samuel Zinkgraf had a great start to his 1600, but then took a fall, then regrouped to post a 5:51. The heat did not slow Jacob Dickman and Justin Chu in their 1600 heat. Jacob raced four times around in just 4:56, with Justin also setting a personal best with his 5:18 time. Andrea Beck proved too fast for the other 1600 girls, leading from start to finish, and went under 6 minutes with her 5:53. We used the same relay teams for the 4×200 and 4×100. Danny Wickman, Jeremy Marek, Tommy Ebert, and Nicholas Funk finished just a little over a second off the DASH record in the 4×200, and ended up setting a new DASH record in the 4×100 with their 52.49 time. Renee Walters, Stefanie Klaves, Zipporah Caspers, and Nina Smrecek posted a very good 1:02 time in the 4×100. In the 400, Kayla Bruton raced around in 1:12. Andrea Beck, feeling the effect of her 1600, struggled to a 1:15, and Jessy Homa came in with an impressive 1:16. Bekka Homa cut almost six seconds off her best time to post a 1:20. In the 800, Samuel Zinkgraf and Noah Evans lowered their best times again, and Jacob Dickman finished with a nice 2:20. Zipporah Caspers got in just before 3 minutes, and Jessy Homa posted a routine 3:10. In the 200, Justin Chu got some speed work in and posted a low 28, while Danny Wickman showed us he needs to get some more practice time in with his high 28. Kayla Bruton looked very fast, crossing the finish line after just 29.07 seconds. Nina Smrecek, Renee Walters, and Bekka Homa completed their best meet of the year with season best times. The boys got in one last race with the 4×400 relay. Justin Chu, Samuel Zinkgraf, Noah Evans, and Jacob Dickman raced around in 4:22 to complete the day of racing.

The team is clearly running at a high level right now, and should be ready to finish the season at their peak. We have 12 days now to stay healthy, and get ready to cap off the season with one more great showing. You will not want to miss it.

Thanks to Pete and Lisa Dickman, and Ed Beck for their help in keeping things organized, getting splits, and preparing the athletes for their events. Thanks to our great contingent of DASH fans that were everywhere. Thanks to the camera lady, Faith Caspers for getting some pretty good photos, despite battling the sun at the finish line. It is not time to rest yet. We have a middle school meet today, and our last meets ahead to prepare for. It is going to go by fast. It always does. Enjoy it while you can.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school track team capped off a big week of racing last Saturday at Nathan Hale High School. It was the day for the annual Mary Queen of Saints Phoenix Invite. The sun was out and it was very warm, but overall it was a great day to race and compete against some of our toughest opponents of the season.

Field events started at 8:30. Bryant Farrell and Caleb Alles both threw the softball over 104 feet to finish 6th and 7th. Isaac Johnson, Elijah Anumolu, and Joshua Lipski also showed off their arms with throws over 70 feet. In the shot put, Joshua Anumolu threw it over 25 feet, and Elijah Johnson and Peter Chan placed well in the 7th grade division. Alexa Dawson threw the softball over 84 feet to place 4th. Then in the long jump, Alexa leaped 11’05” to place third. Madelyn Zielinski jumped over 9 feet which was the farthest of all the 5th grade girls. Grace Zinkgraf took 5th overall with her 12’06” leap and now is listed 4th on the DASH all-time list. Salim Lubbad and Jeffery Breiling jumped past 10 feet, and Ethan Blischke went over 11, but Noah Howard reached 12 feet to get the 2nd place ribbon. Elijah Johnson went past 12 feet, and ‘Jumpin’ John Klaves broke an 8-year old DASH record with an amazing 14’11” jump.

In the 100 meters, Emily Zielinski raced to a 3rd place finish and made the final where she moved up to 2nd. Abbey Novak and Madelyn Zielinski also posted good times. Alexa Dawson made the 6th grade 100 final. She was pushed along by Rebecca Bruton who also ran well in that heat. Grace Zinkgraf’s 15.10 was our girls’ best time of the day, and Mia Wickman also broke 16 seconds. For the 5th grade boys, Salim Lubbad proved the fastest, with Tyler Howard and Micah Chan also posting nice times. Timmy Ebert finished in the top-20, and John Klaves just missed the 8th grade finals with his 14.09 time. In the 1600, Julianna Caspers moved up to finish 2nd place with another 6:43 time. Angela Walters was a few spots behind in 5th. Katrina Lipski was the 6th fastest of the 8th graders. Noah Howard got his chance to run the 1600. His fast 6:20 time earned him another 2nd place ribbon. Jeffery Breiling came in right behind with a 6:33 time. Joshua LeSac broke into the 6:30’s for the first time to take 2nd in the 6th grade race. In the 400, Abbey Novak’s 1:23 gave her 6th place. Stephanie Chu’s 1:23 earned her 10th. Emma Taylor impressed us when she broke 1:20, and our 8th grade duo of Kayla Walters and Abby Chu both posted fast 1:15 times. Ethan Blischke finished strong to take 4th overall. Alexander Taylor came in a couple seconds later to take 7th. John Klaves ran a 1:05 lap to take 2nd in the 8th grade division. Joshua Anumolu’s 1:06 gave us two in the top-5. In the 200, Emily Zielinski easily won her heat and placed 4th. 3rd graders Madelyn Zielinski and Savanna Bruton both posted almost identical times and broke 40 seconds. Our 6th grade threesome of Alexa Dawson, Stephanie Chu, and Rebecca Bruton all ran fast 34’s. Grace Zinkgraf finished in 33 seconds, and Kayla Walters made it to the finish in just 32. Salim Lubbad, Alexander Tayler, and Nathanael Chu led the 5th grade boys 200 runners, with Salim making the top-10. Timmy Ebert finished in the top-20 among the 6th graders. In the 800, Julianna Caspers was found sprinting another two laps to place 3rd. Grace Caspers 3:54 time placed 9th. Faith Caspers and Katrina Lipski had top-9 finishes as well. Ethan Blischke and Jeffrey Breiling raced well again, this time in the 800 with Ethan earning the 4th place ribbon and breaking 3 minutes. Thomas Breiling raced to an 8th place finish, and Joshua Anumolu held off John Klaves by .34 seconds as they both clocked in at 2:40. We had enough athletes left at the end of the day to field a record six 4×100 teams. The young team of Savanna Bruton, Mary LeSac, Angela Walters, and Madelyn Zielinski raced to a 1:15 time. Stephanie Chu, Emily Zielinski, Rebecca Bruton, and Alexa Dawson did their lap in 1:04 to finish 2nd. Naomi Zhou, Sierra Dawson, Annika Lipski, and Emma Taylor finished 5th. Our 8th grade team of Mia Wickman, Kayla Walters, Abby Chu, and Grace Zinkgraf posted the fastest DASH time with a 1:03. The 5th grade boys team of Salim Lubbad, Ethan Blischke, Caleb Alles, and Alexander Taylor raced to the 3rd place ribbons. The team of Nathanael Chu, Luke Smrecek, Micah Chan, and Joshua Lipski posted a nice 1:14 time. Our big team had completed an amazing amount of events. It was time for the coach to collect our awards, get out of the sun, eat some pizza, and start thinking about next week’s meets.

Thanks to the LeSac’s and Chu’s for bringing their tents that gave us some shade. Thanks to Judy Chan and Jodi LeSac for being our volunteer timers. Special thanks to Joe LeSac for getting the water jug refilled. Thanks to Ed Beck for helping me get the athletes ready to compete and break long jump records. Thanks to all the DASH fans who made it through the long day. We got photos! I have never spent as much time going through them as I did for this meet. Thanks to the camera lady and Lucretia Nyhart for taking them. Now we have a couple much smaller meets to prepare for on the schedule. After three meets in three days, that sounds good to me. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The high school track team was at the very competitive Pacer Relay meet on Friday. This is the meet that the coach is always worried about, but if the team comes in healthy, and we can get everyone there, it can also be the meet that is the most memorable of the season. The weather was perfect this year. It was time to put the team to the test.

The boys were entered in the 4×1600 relay. The top three teams get medals at this meet, and we were seeded tied for 3rd, so our hopes were high. Justin Chu got the team off to a great start, and into 2nd place with a 5:15 split, but the race was still close. Samuel Zinkgraf ran the second 1600 leg in a nice 5:33. At this point, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places were just a few steps apart. Joe Hughes got the call next. His 5:25 split was able to put us comfortably into 2nd, and about 15 seconds behind the good Martin Luther team. Jacob Dickman ran the anchor leg. His 5:02 split kept us close to Martin Luther, and over a minute ahead of the other teams. The boys had earned the 2nd place medals. The girls 4×200 team of Renee Walters, Stefanie Klaves, Johannah Lee, and Kayla Bruton ran exactly their seed time for a good 6th place finish. The boys 4×200 team of Jeremy Marek, Nicholas Funk, Noah Evans, and Ransom Nyhart ran three seconds faster than their seed time, but still finished 12th. The sprint events for the boys are amazingly tough. The girls distance medley was one of our hopes for a medal. Andrea Coulter kept the team close to the lead with her 800 leg. Jessy Homa ran a nice 400 leg. We were in the top-5, and in contention. Zipporah Caspers ran the 1200 leg and kept us in the top-5 with a big lead over 6th. Andrea Beck then took the baton and was able to move us up to 4th at the finish. The girls were 8 seconds faster than I thought they would be. We were having a good day. The same boys who ran the 4×1600 relay were back running the distance medley. Joe Hughes got the boys distance team out to a good start, moving up in the 2nd lap, and getting the baton to Samuel Zinkgraf for a fast 400 lap. As good as the boys ran, we were only in 7th with seven laps to go. Justin Chu ran the 1200 meter leg and left us in 6th place, but three of the teams ahead of us were still in our sights. Jacob Dickman then took the baton for the 1600 leg. After his first three laps we were still in 6th, but the distance between 3rd and 6th was only about 50 meters. On the last turn Jacob started making his move and had got us into 5th with 100 meters to go. With 50 meters left, Jacob had passed another team and was just a step behind 3rd. The last 40 meters Jacob went step-for-step with the Riverside athlete, and found just enough left to lean in ahead by .04 seconds. The 3rd place medals were ours! Now the day we were having was becoming epic. As we exhaled, the girls 4×100 team prepared for their lap. Renee Walters, Stefanie Klaves, Bekka Homa, and Kayla Bruton ran to the DASH Team’s second fastest 4×100 time ever. Their 1:01 was good for 6th place. In the boys 4×100, Jeremy Marek gave us a good start, and Samuel Lee gave us a good finish, but Nicholas Funk and Ransom Nyhart missed their exchange. We hit our seed time in the girls sprint medley which means the team of Bekka Homa, Stefanie Klaves, Renee Walters, and Johannah Lee ran well. The boys sprint medley went way under their seed time. Samuel Zinkgraf, Jeremy Marek, Nicholas Funk, and Ransom Nyhart showed off their speed and were very competitive, and all the handoffs were clean. The girls medaled in the 4×800 relay last year, but were seeded 5th this year, so it would be tough to repeat. Andrea Coulter did not run her best, but kept us in contention early. Andrea Beck moved the team up to 5th with her 2:42 split. Zipporah Caspers and anchor Jessy Homa then held our spot the rest of the way with some very good splits. The girls again exactly matched their seed time. In the boys 4×800, Joe Hughes had enough left to give us a 2:23 split. Justin Chu ran the second leg with a nice 2:27 split. It had become a 6-team race and we were one of the 6. Noah Evans gave us a personal best 2:38 split before letting Jacob Dickman finish. Jacob moved us into 5th place early, and that is where his 2:22 split left us. It was a great day for the boys. The girls 4×400 team was still left. Andrea Coulter, Kayla Bruton, Zipporah Caspers, and Andrea Beck all had great times and beat their seed time by over 10 seconds. We would finish the day with another 4th place finish.

We also did well in the field events. Samuel Zinkgraf broke his DASH record set the day before in the discus. 71-08 is the new record. Jeremy Marek and Noah Evans backed Samuel up as the boys took 8th place. Kayla Bruton broke 13 feet in the long jump. Stefanie Klaves and Johanna Lee also jumped far enough for the girls to place 7th. The girls discus team of Renee Walters, Andrea Beck, and Zipporah Caspers combined for a 5th place finish. That is the highest field event placement we have ever had at this meet. The boys shot put team of Joe Hughes, Noah Evans, and Samuel Zinkgraf just missed a top-8 placement. In the boys long jump, Nicholas Funk broke a 7-year old DASH record with his incredible jump of 18-02. Justin Chu and Jeremy Marek also had personal bests, giving the team the 8th place points.

I was not sure how this team would stack up compared to last year’s team. Now I know. It is better. Thanks go out to all the athletes for helping calm the nerves I get over this meet. Thanks to Ed Beck for his help with the coaching. Thanks to Lisa Dickman for her help in getting the athletes their splits. Thanks to everyone for setting up and taking down the tent. And thanks to Shoreland Lutheran for hosting such a great meet. Relay meets can be a challenge to photograph, but the camera lady did a great job getting the photos. Our next meet is this Thursday, with only one meet left after that. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The high school track and field team got the DASH team’s big week started yesterday with their meet at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. The weather was perfect, and with the athletes in mid-season form, it was time to post some great results.

Kayla Bruton won the 100 meter race for the second meet in a row. Renee Walters ran to a strong 2nd place finish in her 100 heat. Jeremy Marek made it to the meet just in time to run in his 100 heat, and Nicholas Funk raced to a 6th place finish for the boys. Jacob Dickman led the 1600 meter race from start to finish to give us a DASH victory. We had two girls 4×200 teams. Nina Smrecek, Johannah Lee, and Jessy Homa were leading Renee Walter, Andrea Beck, and Bekka Homa, but anchor Kayla Bruton proved too fast for Zipporah Caspers at the finish. Both teams ran well. The boys 4×200 team of Samuel Zinkgraf, Jeremy Marek, Noah Evans, and Nicholas Funk raced two laps in 1:53. Tommy Ebert was our lone 400 runner on the day and posted a 1:09 time. Our girls 800 runners all had season best times. Andrea Beck took over her race in the 2nd lap to be the overall winner with her 2:42 time. Zipporah Caspers stayed just ahead of Jessy Homa and posted a 3:02. Johannah Lee ran in the first heat and beat her personal record by eight seconds. Jacob Dickman took command of the boys 800 race at the start and got his second win of the day. Samuel Zinkgraf and Noah Evans both posted times in the 2:30’s for the first time this year. Kayla Bruton followed up her 100 win with a 3rd place finish in the 200. Renee Walters edged Nina Smrecek in her 200 heat with both girls running in the low 33’s. Jeremy Marek came in just ahead of Tommy Ebert in their 200 heat, with Nicholas Funk racing to a nice 4th place overall finish in the next heat. The girls 4×400 team of Johnanah Lee, Zipporah Caspers, and Nina Smrecek kept the race close enough for Andrea Beck to close out a 2nd place finish in the last race of the day.

In field events, Kayla Bruton broke her personal record in the long jump by over two feet to finish 5th overall. Jessy Homa broke 10 feet in her first attempt at high school long jumping. Bekka Homa improved five inches from her last meet. Nicholas Funk landed a 16’07.5″ jump to place 5th among the boys. Johannah Lee tried the triple jump for the first time and hop, skipped, and jumped well. In the shot put, Noah Evans’ personal best throw was just an inch and a half shorter than Samuel Zinkgraf’s throw. These boys are close. Renee Walters threw the discus for the first time and finished 7th with a 65 foot throw. Zipporah Caspers had a throw of 56 feet for a personal record. Samuel Zinkgraf spun his discus over 70 feet for a new DASH record. The field events went well.

Thanks to all the parents who got the athletes to the meet, and to Renee Walters for getting record-setter Samuel Zinkgraf there. Thanks to the camera lady for getting all the photos. The camera let us down only at the end of the girls 4×200. Thanks to the crew at Kettle Moraine Lutheran for hosting another great meet. Now to get ready for today’s Pacer Relays. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers




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