Archive for August, 2015

Hello DASH families,

The 2015 edition of the DASH High School Cross Country team was in competition for the first time last Thursday, competing at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. Our revamped and retooled team was looking to build on the success it enjoyed last year, and get the new season off to a successful start. Twenty-one athletes had a chance to put their paces to the test on the beautiful, low 70’s day. They would get to see how they stacked up against 14 other teams this early in the season.

The high school varsity boys got the 4:00 start. Jacob Dickman tucked in behind the leaders through the first half of the race. He would go on to post a very good early season time of 17:47 and place 4th overall. Justin Chu had his game face on early, and maneuvered his way into the top-10 before he was done. Having two athletes in the top-10 would bode well for us in the team scores. Freshman Drake Hacker proved his worth to the varsity team by keeping Joe Hughes in his sites early, and eventually getting ahead of him before the finish. Joe would finish right behind Drake with both boys posting low 20 minute times. Joseph Maurer and John Kowalinski ran close the whole way, with Joseph crossing the line just ahead of John. Samuel Zinkgraf was not running fully healthy this time and posted a 22:23 time to complete our varsity team.

The high school girls were next. The sun was still out for most of the race keeping it plenty warm. Andrea Beck was our first girl to finish as usual. She posted a 23:49 this time and will look to improve on that as the season goes on. Kayla Walters and Abby Chu helped each other keep up a steady pace all the way to the finish, and put up nice 25 minute times in their first 5k race. Kayla Bruton struggled some, but with great effort toughed out a mid 26 time. Faith Caspers has had some success on this course in the past, but she let the distance intimidate her this time. Look for her to be much better in the races ahead. Jessy Homa started slow, but moved up some before the finish. Katrina Lipski got a taste of varsity running for the first time. She had a great start, but faded some in the last half of the race. A little more experience and some cooler weather will help her get her time down.

We lined a full team of seven JV boys, each running his first high school race. The sun was starting to lose some of its heat now, helping the boys post some good times. Timothy Kowalinski, John Klaves, and John LaBonte got out fast, with each running ahead of the others at some point in the race. Timothy proved the fastest in the end. His 21:44 time bested John Klaves’ time by four seconds. John LaBonte looked strong for most of the race. A little more practice and he is going to be very good. Ben Hughes stayed steady throughout and moved up to 4th among our JV boys. Joshua Anumolu had a little trouble with the distance and his asthma and finished in 25 minutes. Will Farrell powered his way through the course, showing off his speed with some surges. A little more experience and he will be moving up. Ben Fenelon ran a very conservative first race. He will also be moving up as he gains confidence.

The boys were able to earn 6th place overall in the team scores, a very good showing considering how many new athletes we ran. The boys are going to be very good again this year. The girls improved on last years showing, but left plenty of room for improvement. I am still thinking this girls team will be our best ever. We get to find out over the next 8 weeks.

Thanks to all the parents who got the athletes to the meet up in Jackson. I wish I would have had more time to talk with you. Thanks to Mary Beck and Zeb Caspers for collecting the cards at the end of the chute. Thanks to Lisa and Rebecca Dickman for getting to the meet before me and saving our favorite shady spot. Thanks to photographer extraordinaire Grace Zinkgraf and her assistants Julianna and Grace Caspers for getting some great photos. And thanks to the Kettle Moraine Lutheran crew that marked off a great course and had everything running smooth. It was a great meet, and it should be the beginning of another special DASH season.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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