DASH High School and Middle School Cross Country 2015 Mayville Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH cross country team competed in Mayville last Friday. It would be our first chance to see some of our exciting middle school athletes, and we would get to see our high school team run on a faster course in cooler conditions. Over 800 athletes total would be crossing the finish line, so we would have to be at our best to post the results we were looking for.

The middle school team, both boys and girls, got to the starting line first. Eleven boys and five girls wearing DASH yellow came out of box 17. DASH newcomer Vincent Mauer led our boys through the course, posting an impressive 13:38 time. Leif Kostrzewa and Joshua LeSac stuck together until the end with Leif coming in a fraction of a second ahead. Caleb Schaber looked good in his first DASH race. Caleb was followed by Daniel Caspers who also ran well. Three of our youngest competitors put on quite a display of racing. Seka Kostrzewa got ahead of Julianna Caspers and Nathanael Chu midway through the race and would not be passed. Julianna finished just ahead of Nathanael with all of them finishing in the 15:20’s. Rebecca Dickman started strong, but wasn’t right this time out, and faded down the stretch. Noah LaBonte is back with the team this year and gave us a good first race. Stephanie Chu was our third girl in. She will be one of our better runners this year. Joshua Lipski is much improved from last year, and it showed as he finished in 16:52. Savanna Bruton was not slowed by the long race and did very well in her first race. Ed Sherman’s training has been slowed by a concussion. He will be better later in the year. Bryant Farrell clearly enjoyed the long race and will only improve as the season goes along. Naomi Zhou made it to the line just in time and gave us a good finish. The middle school team is not in mid-season form yet, and we ran only about a third of the team, but the team is clearly much improved.

The high school girls team has been improving with each meet, and this was the day that everyone ran to their potential. Andrea Beck was back and was able to lower her time to 23:03. The goal is to to get the rest of the varsity girls’ times much closer to Andrea’s, and we were much improved in that area. Faith Caspers got out much faster this time and held her pace to the end to finish with a nice 24:17. Abby Chu kept Faith in her sight the whole way and posted a 24:20. Kayla Bruton moved up as the race went along and also went under 25 minutes with a 24:37. Kayla Walters just missed getting under 25 minutes by 5 seconds. Expect her to stay up near Faith and Abby in the future. That is what we will need from our girls as we start thinking about our homeschool championship meet just six weeks ahead. The good times did not stop there. Jessy Homa outkicked Zipporah Caspers when the finish line was in site, with both girls finishing in the low 26’s. Katrina Lipski cut off about 2 minutes from her first 5k race, giving us great results from all the girls. This team will end up very good. Time will tell just how good.

Twelve of our high school boys made the start. Jacob Dickman cracked the top-10 once again, this time coming in in 9th place with a 17:41 time. Justin Chu was not far behind Jacob after posting a personal best 18:14 time, good for 17th place. Joe Hughes has his time down to 19:02 as he continues to round into top form. Like he has done so many times before, Samuel Zinkgraf came through with a big race when we really needed it. Samuel moved up in the last mile to post a very nice 20:05 time and was our 4th runner in. Seniors John Sherman and John Kowalinski strided together the whole way, with John Sherman finishing just ahead. Joe Maurer completed our varsity team, finishing two spots behind John Kowalinski with his 20:46 time. We still had five more athletes to come which would comprise our JV team score. Timothy Kowalinski and John Klaves both ran hard, and gave us two more athletes under 21 minutes. John LaBonte came in with an impressive 21:04 time. That gave us seven athletes just 59 seconds apart. This team is very deep. Will Farrell got his time all the way down to 24:08. Will is running with much more confidence now. Joshua Schaber stayed steady until the end and also edged under 25 minutes. Our JV boys would finish 3rd overall. Our varsity team placed 6th out of 17 teams. Those were very good scores. Our boys will be tough to beat at our smaller meets ahead.

The high school team is really meeting expectations at this point in the season. Now we have two weeks between meets to work on our fitness, and be ready for our big meets ahead. Our times have been good, but we will need to get them even lower in the next six weeks to make this a championship caliber season. I am excited about it. I hope you are too!

Thanks to all who made the long drive to Mayville. I may look for a closer meet next year. We will see. Thanks to Ed and Mary Beck for getting times at the finish, and thanks to the people who helped me collect the cards. Fortunately, there were no issues with the scoring system, but we were ready just in case. Thanks to Ed Beck and Chuck Maurer for getting the mile splits. Thanks to Grace Zinkgraf, who was our photographer once again. You will definitely want to check out the photos to see how good we looked, and how much fun we had running this fast.

Take care,
Jim Caspers


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    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

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  • 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.