DASH Middle School Cross Country 2015 WCHSA Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The middle school cross country team was up in Jackson yesterday to race in the annual WCHSA meet at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. This is mainly a small school meet, but it let a few big teams in a few years making it much more competitive. The weather was warm, but not too warm. It turned out to be a good day to race.

Our promising, young 6th and under girls team would get the day started. Julianna Caspers has posted top-10 results here the last two years, and she would be looking to earn a top-3 medal this time out. Julianna came around the first turn in 10th place. And when she came back up the hill from the loop behind the track, she was still only running in 9th. On the back stretch of the soccer field Julianna started to make a charge. She headed for the finish line in 5th with all the girls ahead of her in sight. After some jockeying back and forth, Julianna had to settle for a 5th place finish this time, just five seconds out of 3rd. Her time was a very fast 11:06. Tune in next year when she gives it another try. We had plenty more excitement from the rest of our little girls. Grace Caspers and Savanna Bruton paced together most of the way. Then Grace made a bolt to the finish, passing up more girls than I could keep track of to finish 44th overall. Savanna had her best race of the season as well and placed 49th. Hellena Hacker, in just her first DASH race, kept Grace and Savanna in her sights the whole way. She had the DASH fans asking me who the fast new little girl was. Her 14:28 time was good for 51st. Zaela Schlissel ran another good race. If we can get her to run the latter half as well as her first she will really be moving up. Jenna Walters had a good day, giving us her best effort of the season. Anabel Fisher had a very nice start, but then struggled as most people do in their first race. She has the potential to be pretty good. Next in for us were Angela Walters and Mary LeSac. Mary struggled running with an extra pair of Julianna’s shoes. Her feet will be happier next time.

Leif Kostrzewa was the boys 6th and under pacesetter. Leif went out fast and battled his way to our fastest time of the day, 10:42, earning himself the 16th place ribbon. Alexander Taylor had his racing face on from the start. Alex was our second runner in and is becoming one of our stars now. His 28th place ribbon impressed the coach. Salim Lubbad, Kaden Hacker and Seka Kostrzewa ran close to each other the whole way, keeping up a very quick pace. These guys have been ending up in a different order each race, and this time it was Salim who led the charge to the finish line, with all three boys cracking the top-40 and giving us five of the top-40 ribbons. Ben Breitbach had a breakout race and is really moving up. He showed off his speed at the end once again, and cracked the top-50. Joshua Lipski is like clockwork. He never seems to look tired and is giving us solid races each time out. Christian Loustaunau proved that his first race was no fluke with his nice run. Jacob LaBonte took at spill at the start, but got up and had his best race of the year. Micah Chan is now getting comfortable with distance running and he looked fast at the finish. Bryant Farrell gave us good effort once again. His times should start going down soon. Adam Loustaunau also took a spill at the start. It seemed to effect him more than Jacob. I will be working with him. Ethan Lindberg is slowly getting better with each race.

Emma Taylor led Makenna Fisher through the first half of the course in the 7th and 8th grade girls race. Emma did not give us her best racing this time. I am pretty sure she is saving it for cooler day which I will remind her of this Saturday. Makenna slowed some in the second half of the race, but her 15:46 time was very respectable for a first race. Naomi Zhou moved up to finish right behind Makenna.

Caleb Schaber went out fast and stayed with the top big guys for a long time. He fell off the pace a little near the end, but he is very close to really putting together a special race. His 10:52 time placed him 25th. Noah LaBonte stayed strong to the finish and has never looked better. He really got the coach excited with his 10:59 time. DASH veteran Joshua LeSac did not race as fast as he would have liked. It is encouraging that he is still pretty good now even when not at his best, and you never have to question his effort. Tikvah Schlissel put together a strong race from start to finish, and came in just ahead of Daniel Caspers. Daniel did not have his best. We will need him back running strong in the races ahead. Sean Seraphine ran better this time out, but is still finding the races long.

We were missing a few of our top runners this time out, but with our depth we were able to stay very competitive in all but the 7th and 8th grade girls race. Almost all of the athletes are putting out great effort. I know they are competing with each other, as well as with the other teams, and that is what is needed for us to keep improving. We have two more races coming up soon, and then a small tune up race before the Homeschool Championship. This is the part of the season we have been training for.

Thanks to Mr. Beck for his help with the coaching. Thanks to Faith Caspers, Hillery Farrell, and anyone else who helped pass out the bib numbers. Thanks to Andrea Beck for collecting the cards at the end of the chute. Thanks to the parents who made the trip to Jackson and gave the athletes a chance to race. And thanks to the camera lady for once again getting the photos. We are in the busy part of the season now. Let’s stay healthy and be ready.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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