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


  • Cross Country 2016

    The 2016 DASH girls cross country team: Zipporah Caspers, Kayla Bruton, Jessy Homa, Abby Chu, Rebecca Dickman, Katrina Lipski, Kayla Walters, Ella Johnson, Faith Caspers, Alivia Kempf.

  • The 2016 DASH boys cross country team. Front: Cliff Yang, Tim Kowalinski, Joe Maurer, Brian Durbin, Caleb Schaber, Justin Chu. Back: Ben Hughes, Joshua Schaber, John Klaves, Joshua Anumolu, Zachary Werner, Zach Pape, Miles Talbert, Seth Holter, Vincent Maurer, Samuel Zinkgraf.

  • The 2016 DASH MS girls cross country team. Grace Caspers, Stephanie Chu, Savanna Bruton, Hellena Hacker, Mary LeSac, Heidi Talbert, Julia Kowalinski, Joy Rasch, Julianna Caspers, Jenna Walters, Alexa Bruton.

  • The 2016 DASH MS boys cross country team. Front: Josiah Chu, Seka Kostrzewa, Nathanael Chu, Micah Chan, Silas Johnson, Noah Caspers, Charlie Johnson. Back: Alexander Taylor, Joshua Lipski, Joshua LeSac, Kaden Hacker, Bryant Farrell, Leif Kostrzewa, Daniel Caspers.

  • Track 2016

    DASH HS 4x1600 Relay Winners. Boys: Drake Hacker, Justin Chu, Briton Kostrzewa, Jacob Dickman. Girls: Zipporah Caspers, Faith Caspers, Kayla Walters, Andrea Beck.

  • Rebecca Dickman, Emma Taylor, Katie Gorectke, Stephanie Chu.

  • Cross Country 2015

    2015 Bradley Tech Cross Country Champions: The 1st place DASH boys: Lucas Ebel, John Klaves, John LaBonte, Joshua Schaber, John Sherman, Joshua Anumolu, Ben Hughes, Tim Kowalinski, Joe Maurer, Drake Hacker, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joe Hughes, Jacob Dickman, John Kowalinski, Will Farrell. the 2nd place DASH girls: Margaret Serchen, Kayla Walters, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Beck, Faith Caspers, Renee Walters, Kayla Bruton, Jessy Homa.

  • The DASH girls middle school team. Front: Mary LeSac, Grace Caspers, Hellena Hacker, Julianna Caspers, Zaela Schlissel. Middle: Julia Kowalinski, Anabel Fisher, Savanna Bruton, Stephanie Chu, Angela Walters. Back: Naomi Zhou, Emma Taylor, Katie Gorectke, Makenna Fisher, Jenna Walters.

  • The DASH middle school boys team. Front: Vince Maurer, Jeffrey Breiling, Leif Kostrzewa, Caleb Schaber, Seka Kostrzewa, Alexander Taylor, Noah LaBonte. Middle: Ethan Lindberg, Micah Chan, Jose Rosario, Joshua LeSac, Adam Loustaunau, Salim Lubbad, Kaden Hacker, Nathanael Chu, Jacob LaBonte, Ben Breitbach. Back: Daniel Caspers, Joshua Lipski, Tikvah Schlissel, Bryant Farrell, Christian Loustaunau, Ed Sherman, Peter Chan, Matthew Kowalinski.

  • Track 2015

    2015 High School Track. Front: Andrea Coulter, Stefanie Klaves, Renee Walters, Jessy Homa, Bekka Homa, Nina Smrecek, Johannah Lee, Kayla Bruton, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Beck. Back: Jacob Dickman, Jeremy Marek, Justin Chu, Nicholas Funk, Noah Evans, Samuel Lee, Danny Wickman. Missing: Tommy Ebert, Joe Hughes, Samuel Zinkgraf.

  • Cross Country 2014

    Bradley Tech Champions - 2014

  • Cross Country 2013

    Midwest Homeschool Champions - 2013

  • Track 2013

    Front : Abigail Larkin, Sophia Zyzo, Grace Caspers, Julianna Caspers, Grace Zinkgraf, Elijah Anumolu, Daniel Caspers, Leif Kostrzewa, Wesley Evans, Mary LeSac, Andre Coulter, Abby Chu, Grace Dupar, Gulla Kemmann. Back: Danny Wickman, Lucretia Nyhart, Mia Wickman, Faith Caspers, Toria Schein, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Guidone, Olivia Zyzo, Toria Schein, Christian LeSac, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joshua LeSac, Joshua Anumolu, Kayla Walters, John Klaves, Christopher Fossell, Joe Hughes, Glenn Kaboskey. Missing: Stephanie Chu. Simran Khunger, Foster Todd, Briton Kostrzewa, Alex Navin.

  • Cross Country 2012

    Wisconsin Lutheran College Warrior Invite 7th-8th grade champions: Briton Kostrzewa, Christian LeSac, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joe Hughes.

  • Track 2012

    Amelie Kemmann, Andrea Kempf, Andrea Beck, Sarah Klapak

  • Cross Country 2011

  • Cross Country 2009

    Andrea Beck, Lucreitia Nyhart, Faith Caspers, Zipporah Caspers. Coach Jim Caspers and Ed Beck in back.

  • Cross Country 2004

    Legendary race - Maitland Park This is where it all began.