DASH High School Cross Country 2015 Bradley Tech Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The high school cross country team was back in action last Saturday at Mitchell Park competing in the annual Trojan Invite hosted by Bradley Tech. The team had a 15 day break in their schedule to get in some tough mid-season workouts. Now it would be time to put our paces to the test, and see if we are ready to finish the season strong.

The JV race was first on the schedule. John LaBonte showed us how much he has improved since our last meet, running out with the leaders and eventually putting them all behind him. John’s 20:05 time was amazing considering he was not getting pushed at the end. John Klaves came in soon after to earn the 3rd place ribbon. We already have a couple guys named John running varsity. We are close to having two more. Ben Hughes has really become a runner now. He had a great last mile and finished 9th overall. Lucas Ebel donned DASH yellow for the first time and stayed with Ben for most of the way. In a couple weeks he will be one to watch. Joshua Anumolu looked much more confident this time out, and battled his way to the team’s fifth JV ribbon by finishing 17th. Will Farrell keeps getting better with each race. I expect to see his times to keep coming down. Joshua Schaber did not look as good as he did in Mayville, but morning races can do that. Katrina Lipski ran a very smart race and was rewarded with the 9th place ribbon. Margaret Mary Serchen ran well at times, but struggled at others in her first DASH race. In the end, she was fast enough to get the 15th place ribbon.

The varsity girls placed 2nd overall to Rufus King last year at this meet. This year they were hoping to move up one more spot. Andrea Beck assumed the lead early and paced about eight steps ahead of a freshman Dominican athlete. Andrea went on to cross the finish line first by 15 seconds to claim her second victory in a row at this meet. Faith Caspers paced the rest of our girls through the course. Kayla Walters, Kayla Bruton, and Jessy Homa lined up behind Faith, and kept the team race with Rufus King very close for the first two miles. In the end, Rufus King proved too strong for us, but it was good to see us working hard and giving them a race. Faith Caspers held on for a 10th place finish, with Kayla Walters and Kayla Bruton sprinting in to finish right behind her. Jessy Homa just missed out on the top-15 medals with her 17th place finish. Five of the top 17 girls was not quite good enough this year. Next year we will try again. Zipporah Caspers made it through the course, but is not running at 100% right now. Hopefully she will be running easier soon. Renee Walters arrived too late for the JV race, so she lined up with the varsity runners and gave it a go. Her time was about what it should be with how much she has practiced. It was a good workout for one of our track MVP’s.

The boys were looking to defend their first place trophy from last year, and were heavy favorites to do it again despite not having Justin Chu on hand. Jacob Dickman made it back-to-back victories on the Mitchell Park course. Jacob won by over a minute as he found no worthy challenger to try and stay with him. Joe Hughes and Drake Hacker both stayed in the top-10 from start to finish and ended up in 7th and 8th place. Joe is running where we expect him to be right now, and Drake, just a freshman, is running better for us than we could have ever hoped. It looks like he will be staying in our top-5. John Kowalinski kept getting stronger throughout, and moved all the way up to 13th place at the finish. John is peaking at the right time. Samuel Zinkgraf finished just five seconds out of the top-15 medals with his strong effort. That gave us five boys in the top 18 which was too much for our competition, The 1st place trophy would be ours, but the race was much closer than last year. Joe Maurer also had his best race to date. He always saves his best racing for the end and he finished just 4 spots behind Samuel. Timothy Kowalinski did not fare as well this time.  I am sure he will be determined to run strong the next time out. John Sherman felt the effects of the heat, and the cold he is just getting over. Expect John to post some good times as the temperature drops in the coming weeks.

We ended up with 2 team trophies, 8 top-15 medals, and 7 top-20 JV ribbons. We certainly took more than our fair share of awards, yet I don’t think we will look back when the season is over and think we did our best racing here. Our next three meets will be very competitive, and we will need to be at our best to come out on top. I have a feeling this team is rounding into top form just in time. We will find out soon. You will not want to miss it!

Thanks to Mary Beck, with the help of Ed Beck, for taking the official scores. Thanks to all the DASH fans who lined the course in different spots to help keep the athletes going. The athletes did take notice. Thanks to all the parents who somehow made their way to the park despite all the road closures. Thanks to the picture people, Grace Zingraf, my wife, the photographer behind Andrea’s camera, and also myself. The photos captured most of the action, and it took a lot of running around to get them.  It will require much less running around for the DASH fans to catch the action this Thursday for the big meet in Racine. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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