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Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school track and field team was on display in Delafield last Saturday competing in a small-team meet at St John’s NW Military Academy. Our team is pretty big compared to many of the other teams at this meet, but we would be missing about a third of our athletes due to a speech and debate tournament and to injuries. Everyone available would be kept busy, with the coach setting up the roster to collect our fair share of team points, realizing that we had a very good chance of collecting a team trophy if we were at our best. The weather was a perfect 60 degrees with a slight north east wind. It was a day to push ourselves to some personal bests.

We were the only team able to compete in every relay, but just barely. Our 4×800 team of Abby Chu, Faith Caspers, Jessy Homa, and Zipporah Caspers did the 8 laps in 11:54 to place third. Abby Chu’s 2:51 split got us off to a great start. The boys team of Drake Hacker, Tim Kowalinski, Paul Harty, and John Kowalinski posted a 10:01 time for 4th. Our sprinting duo of Kayla Bruton and Zoe Smith finished 4th and 5th overall in the 100 meters, both with season best times in the low 14’s. Andrea Beck got her day off to a great start with an inspiring 5:47 time in the 1600. That would give Andrea 1st place honors. Faith Caspers got her time down to 6:37 to place 6th, and Katrina Lipski gave us 3 in the top 8. In the boys 1600, Tim Kowalinski lowered his time by 23 seconds with a 5:44. Drake Hacker finished in a fast 5:13 to place 9th. Five boys broke 5 minutes, including our own Jacob Dickman, who lowered his personal best time to 4:46 to place 2nd overall, behind only former DASH star Christian LeSac. In the 4×200, our girls team of Nina Smrecek, Zoe Smith, Jessy Homa, and Kayla Bruton raced to victory by 7 seconds and nipped the DASH record in the process. Nolan Giles-Pufahl, as a last minute replacement, joined Westley Marek, Ben Hughes, and Jeremy Marek in the 4×200. The boys looked good and gave us the 4th place points. We placed 3 girls in the top 8 in the 400. Emily Czaplewski’s 1:30 was good for 8th, and then in the final heat Johannah Lee raced around in a personal record 1:13 to stay just ahead of Abby Chu. The pair took 4th and 5th overall. Brendan Sanchez shaved 3 seconds off of his 400 time with a 1:12. John Kowalinski raced around in a fast 1:01. We were one girl short for our 4×100 team, at least until DASH veteran Bekka Homa caught the coach’s eye. Arriving to watch sister Jessy run, Bekka answered the call to save the relay team, and was soon donning DASH yellow ready to race. Nina Smrecek got the baton to Bekka who blazed down the backstretch to loud applause before letting Katrina Lipski run the last turn. Emily Czaplewski did the anchor duties and crossed the line in a nice 1:04. We got the 2nd place medals after the team ahead of us was disqualified. Then Bekka went back to being a DASH fan for the day. Nicely played! In the 300 hurdles, Johannah Lee finished an impressive 4th overall. Paul Harty got us excited by winning his hurdles heat. In the 800, Andrea Beck broke her own DASH record with a 2:39, good for 2nd place. Zipporah Caspers raced to a personal best 2:53 in the 800, and gave us 2 of the top 4. John Kowalinski had another good showing with his 2:34 800 time. Jacob Dickman followed with a 2:13 to place 2nd in the second 800 heat. Our girls scored big in the 200. Nina Smrecek won her heat and finished 5th overall with a 31.23 time. Kayla Bruton got off to slow start, but recovered to finish 3rd overall. Zoe Smith had a  very strong start and held down 2nd place before easing up some at the end, finishing in 29.28. It was an impressive 2-3-5 finish for the girls. Ben Hughes, Westley Marek, and Ben Bridge all finished within a second of each other, with Ben breaking 28 seconds and Westley just missing with his 28.05. We fielded three athletes to do the hard work of the 3200. Faith Caspers got off to very good start and held on for a 4th place finish. Katrina Lipski’s great effort gave us 3 more team points with her 6th place finish. Drake Hacker stayed strong and broke 12 minutes again, earning 6th place honors among the boys. The girls 4×400 team of Abby Chu, Johannah Lee, Zipporah Caspers, and Andrea Beck cruised to a 2nd place finish, well ahead of 3rd. Then the boys team of Ben Bridge, Paul Harty, Tim Kowalinski, and Jacob Dickman really impressed with their 4:06 time, putting themselves 2nd overall in the DASH record books.

In field events, Kayla Bruton, Faith Caspers, and Abby Chu all jumped over 12 feet, with Kayla placing 5th overall with her 13-08 leap. The boys also did well with Jeremy Marek topping out 15-08, Westley Marek 14-04, and Nolan Giles-Pufahl 11-03. Zoe Smith, Nina Smrecek, and Emily Czaplewski placed 6-7-8 in the shot put. Ben Bridge was our top thrower, followed closely by Brendan Sanchez. Our girl discus throwers were not spectacular, but Andrea Beck and Zipporah Caspers still took 3rd and 4th overall. Brendan Sanchez ended up being our only discus thrower. Throwing for the first time he landed his best at 49 feet. Johannah Lee got a personal record 25-10 in the triple jump to claim 3rd place, while Ben Bridge went past 30 feet to break his own DASH record.

With so many of our top athletes absent, I was worried that I would be thinking “If only we had so and so here” thoughts all day. But the way the athletes performed from start to finish kept my excitement up, and those negative thoughts at bay. Everyone is improving, and giving great effort. Our team is big enough now that we can turn in a full roster even when short-handed. What more could a coach want? Well, I did want a team trophy for the girls, and we got that too. The girls tallied the most points in the running events, but when the field events were added in, we ended up taking home the 2nd place trophy. The boys ended up 6th out of the 11 teams. It was yet another great day of DASH racing.

Thanks to all the parents and athletes who lined the fence all day cheering the team on. Thanks to the athletes for competing at a level that got the DASH fans to line the fence. Thanks to Ed Beck and Pete Dickman for their much-needed coaching assistance. Thanks to the camera lady, for getting our best batch of photos of the year. Thanks to Faith and Zipporah Caspers for filling in when the camera lady needed a break. Now to prepare for our big 3-meet week ahead, culminating with the Pacer Relays. Trust me, you will not want to miss it. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school track team got their season off to a great start at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf last Monday. Our main competition was one of our natural rivals, the Homeschool Eagles from the Beloit/Janesville area. The Eagles are stacked this year with plenty of very good 8th graders, and with the meet format throwing everyone together into one 8th and under division, we would have our work cut out for us, especially our very young girls team. The weather was an amazingly warm 80 degrees. It was a great day to race.

Field events were first on the agenda. Emma Taylor threw her discus over 46 feet to finish 3rd overall, and Annika Lipski topped out at 37-7 to finish 5th. Tikvah Schlissel, in just his first track meet, set a DASH discus record with a throw of 80’05”. Bryant Farrell and Joshua Lipski gave us a 2-3-4 finish in the discus with their great throws. Annika Lipski gave us the 2nd place points in the shot put, with a much improved Jenna Walters placing 7th. Bryant Farrell gave us another 3rd place result with his shot put effort. Jared Aguilar, Andrew Mazza, and Luke Smrecek gave us 4 in the top 7. The boys long jumpers were amazing. We had 7 of the top 9 jumpers, with 5 of our boys going past the 12 foot mark. Vincent Maurer, Sean Seraphine, and Ethan Blischke all jumped past 12-04. Elijah Edlund made it over the 13 foot mark, and Alex Hilbelink jumped over two feet farther than everyone with his 15-07 mark, smashing the DASH record in the process. Alexa Dawson’s 12-4 jump earned her 2nd place honors. Stephanie Chu topped out at 10-06, and Julianna Caspers led our young girls with a nice 8-09 leap. It was an impressive first meet for our field event stars.

Emma Taylor got the day’s running events started with her 3rd place finish in the hurdles. Alex Hilbelink found the hurdles to be a minor hindrance in his race to the finish line. It would be another easy victory for our new star. Ethan Blischke and Tikvah Schlissel gave us 3 of the top 4 hurdlers, with Daniel Caspers also hurdling well. In the 100 meter race, Alexa Dawson finished in 14.50 to place 2nd. Stephanie Chu had a fast 14.87 time for a very close 5th. Our 3rd graders showed off their speed, with Zaela Schlissel coming in a little ahead of Mary LeSac and Angela Walters. Alex Hilbelink won the 100 meter race by over a second to give him his 3rd victory of the day. Tikvah Schlissel gave us a 1-2 finish with his 14.70 time. Alexander Taylor, Micah Chan, and Andrew Mazza all finished in the 16’s. We had four 3rd grade and under girls do the hard work of running the 1600. Julianna Caspers raced the four laps in 6:49, to finish 4 seconds out of 2nd, behind only two 8th graders. Grace Caspers edged Julia Kowalinski by a second on the home stretch, and Hellena Hacker gave us 4 in the top 8. Our young girls get the coach excited! Vincent Maurer got out fast and stayed fast through his 4 laps. His nice 5:42 time was good for second. Kaden Hacker and Joshua LeSac stayed close the whole way, with Kaden finishing just ahead with his 6:33. In the 4×100, our young girls team of Elena Lezala-Montoya, Madelyn Zielinski, Savanna Bruton, and Emily Zielinski edged our even younger girls team of Angela Walters, Mary LeSac, Zaela Schlissel, and Jenna Walters. We got 2nd and 3rd place out of the 4 teams. Our boys 4×100 team of Alexander Taylor, Sean Seraphine, Joshua LeSac, and Elijah Edlund won by 5 seconds to give the boys another victory. Our second boys team of Luke Smrecek, Nathanael Chu, Micah Chan, and Bryant Farrell posted a nice 1:10 time. In the 400, Emma Taylor and Stephanie Chu have never run better. Their impressive 1:14 and 1:15 times put them 2nd and 3rd overall. Annika Lipski lowered her 400 time by 13 seconds from last year. Jared Aguilar never slowed as he raced around the track in just 1:03 to win the boys 400 by three seconds. Elijah Edlund posted a 1:09 to place fourth. Ethan Blischke and Nathanael Chu also impressed the coach with their 1:12 and 1:19 times. Alexa Dawson blew past everyone on the turn and went on to win the 200 by over a second. Emily Zielinski’s time of 32.22 was just fast enough to earn the 4th place points. Madelyn Zielinski looked much better than she has in practice and finished 8th. For the boys 200, Jared Aguilar was a winner once again with his 28.58 time. That’s 2 victories for Jared in the last 2 events for those of you keeping score. Tikvah Schlissel and Sean Seraphine gave us 3 of the top 4. It was a good showing from our sprinters. Rebecca Dickman was on hand to run the 800. She led from start to finish and had no problem breaking 3 minutes with her impressive 2:51 time. Julianna Caspers’ effort was good for 7th. Vincent Maurer, Ethan Blischke, and Kaden Hacker gave us a 1-2-3 finish in the boys 800. Vincent’s 2:39 solo effort was impressive. Ethan and Kaden were the only other boys to break 3 minutes. The Eagles boy stars were mysteriously inactive. The 4×200 was the last event of the day. We had a good girls team of Emma Taylor, Emily Zielinski, Stephanie Chu, and Alexa Dawson, but they missed a handoff. Our 2nd team of Elena Lezala-Montoya, Savanna Bruton, Madelyn Zielinski, and Zaela Schlissel  edged the last Eagles team for 3rd place. The boys 4×200 turned out to be a blockbuster. The Eagles had basically conceded the 200 and 800 to us, stacking their team for one last attempt to keep up with us. Our team of Jared Aguilar, Tikvah Schlissel, Elijah Edlund, and Alex Hilbelink, all running in their first DASH track meet, were left the task of keeping up with the well-rested, long-time Eagles stars. Jared Aguilar gave us a great start before handing off the baton to Tikvah. Tikvah kept us close, but we fell a few steps back. Elijah Edlund then went stride for stride with the Eagles runner on the third leg, but with us running in the outer lane we had some ground to make up. Alex Hilbelink took the handoff from Elijah and showed off his speed to even the race heading to the home stretch. I think Alex may have gotten a step ahead for a while, but then the Eagle anchor regrouped and kept Alex a half-step behind the rest of the way. The boys would have to settle for ending up ahead in the team points. We’ll take a team victory over a relay any day. Our much less watched second 4×200 boys relay team of Sean Seraphine, Andrew Mazza, Daniel Caspers, and Ethan Blischke bested the 2nd Eagles team to place 3rd overall to end a great day of DASH racing.

It was nice to finally see the middle school team in action. The team had a lot of its stars from last year either not return or move up to the high school team. We were able to add plenty of new stars, but with all the cold weather in practice, it was hard to tell how good the team was going to be. I think we got the answer we were hoping for. We definitely have an exciting middle school season in store for us once again. You will not want to miss it.

Thanks to Pete Dickman for his help getting the distance runners ready, and for the general coaching help he provides the team. Thanks to the parents for making the drive to Delavan and helping me get the athletes out to their events. It was easier than usual. Thanks to the Wisconsin School for the Deaf for hosting another great meet, and for being flexible on the meet date. Thanks to the camera lady for getting the photos. Veteran photographer Faith Caspers also helped with the photos near the end, but she proved to be a little rusty during the 800. We still have six high school meets, and six middle school meets left on the schedule. It is time to get ready for the busy weeks ahead. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school track and field team was in Watertown yesterday for the Gosling Open. This is a no-relay meet. It is like an early season time trial where the athletes compete in their key events. The coach then uses the results to help him fill out the rosters properly for the big meets ahead. Our team isn’t small anymore, and we have plenty of results to mention in this meet report. I will hit on them all methodically, so you get a sense of what this team can do.

In the 1600, senior Andrea Beck started her outdoor season off with a 6:04. Faith Caspers ran to a conservative 6:42. Zipporah Caspers and Katrina Lipski came in over 7 minutes. The boys were especially good. Jacob Dickman finished 4th overall with a 4:50. Justin Chu and Drake Hacker finished right behind Jacob with impressive 5:06 and 5:08 times. Joe Maurer ran to a nice 5:32 time and then saved himself for soccer. Grace Zinkgraf posted a 22:16 in the 100 hurdles. She is not far from the DASH record. In the 200, Kayla Bruton ran a fast low 29, not far from her personal record. Zoe Smith eased up at the end, and still finished in 30.98. Nina Smrecek has never looked better and finished in a personal best 31.45. Meg Mazza gave us a fourth girl under 32 seconds and then iced her sore shins. If we can keep Meg healthy, these four girls should smash the DASH 4×200 record soon. Johannah Lee’s 32.76 was better than expected. She is going to have a great season. Hannah Forget finished .01 seconds ahead of Grace Zinkgraf, each with very low 34 times. Our girl sprinters can run. An under-seeded Samuel Zinkgraf easily won his 200 heat. His 25.68 time puts him within reach of the DASH record. Jeremy Marek edged his personal record, which kept him just ahead of the next five DASH athletes. Will Farrell, Ben Hughes, Ben Bridge, Westley Marek, and Brian Durbin finished in that order with all of them running in the 28’s, starting with Will’s 28.00. Seth Holter posted a 30.95 in his first high school race. In the 800, Andrea Beck’s 2:46 led the girls. Kayla Walters posted a routine 2:53. Abby Chu broke 3 minutes for the first time with her 2:58. Zipporah Caspers hit 3 minutes this time, with Faith Caspers and Jessy Homa staying in the low 3 minute range. Katrina Lipski was just over 3:30. For the boys 800, Jacob Dickman caught Briton Kostrzewa on the second lap and finished just a step ahead with both boys posting 2:12 times. Jacob and Briton left everyone else behind them to finish an amazing 1-2 overall. Justin Chu raced to a personal best 2:18, and Drake Hacker easily won the first heat with his 2:25. If we get these four together in the 4×800, the DASH record could fall by as much as 30 seconds. Nolan Giles-Pufahl looked good while posting a 2:49 in his first high school race. Brendan Sanchez, also in his first race, was right behind Nolan with a 2:52. Johannah Lee gave great effort and just missed going under a minute in the 300 hurdles. In the 100, we had both Kayla Bruton and Zoe Smith line up in the last heat. They proved they belonged running against the fastest girls as they both posted nice mid-14 times. Nina Smrecek won her heat with an impressive 15.15. Meg Mazza was right behind Nina until taking nasty spill just before the finish. She came back from the trainer with two bandaged knees. Oh, to have Meg in better health! Grace Zinkgraf and Renee Walters both posted descent times around 16 seconds. Abby Chu got a bonus 100 and raced to a 16.24. Hannah Forget finished with a high 16. For the boys, Samuel Zinkgraf powered his way through 100 meters in just 12.51. Jeremy Marek finished with a respectable 13.67. Ben Hughes made his case to be a sprinter with his 13.81, with Will Farrell just a tenth of second behind Ben. Brian Durbin’s 14.09 won his early heat, and kept him just ahead of Ben Bridge and Westley Marek. Seth Holter and Brendan Sanchez finished with mid-15 results. Nolan Giles-Pufahl eased in with a 16.61. The 400 is the last race of the day and I always sign up plenty of athletes for it. For the girls, Andrea Beck got into the last heat and posted a 1:10 for 6th overall. Kayla Walters ran a 1:13. Once again routine for Kayla. Abby Chu ran to a personal best 1:13. Faith Caspers and Johannah pushed each other to 1:15 and 1:16 times. Zipporah Caspers and Jessy Homa stayed close in their heat, finishing with 1:17’s. Kayla Bruton joined them with her own 1:17. Katrina Lipski finished her 7th lap of the day in 1:34. For the boys, Briton Kostrzewa raced around the track in just 57.31. The DASH 400 record watch is on. Samuel Zinkgraf, Justin Chu, and Drake Hacker all set personal 400 records with their 1:01 times. Brian Durbin and Ben Bridge looked fast and got the coach excited while posting 1:03 and 1:04 times. Ben Hughes raced in with a 1:07. Will Farrell and Brendan Sanchez both finished in 1:15, and Nolan Giles-Pufahl jogged to a 1:39.

In field events, Renee Walters missed her dash record by an inch in the shot put, and tied her DASH record in the discus. In triple jump, Renee bested her personal record by 2 inches. That is consistency. Zoe Smith threw the shot for the first time and put it out 22-06. Nina Smrecek’s shot landed just under 20 feet, and Katrina Lipski and Meg Mazza posted 16 foot throws. Grace Zinkgraf threw the discus over 61 feet, with Zipporah Caspers best throw landing just over 55 feet away. Kayla Walters finished 5th overall with her 12-09 long jump. For some reason the long jump results for all the teams came out shorter than their previous indoor jumps. Grace Zinkgraf was next with her 11-08 jump, followed by Faith Caspers, Johannah Lee, Hannah Forget, and Abby Chu, all going over 11 feet. Kayla Bruton only topped out at 10-05 this time. Johannah Lee went past the 25 foot mark in the triple jump. For the boys, Jeremy Marek broke the DASH record with his 77 foot discus throw. He was also our best long jumper at 15-03. Samuel Zinkgraf threw his shot over 30 feet again, and had his discus go 63 feet. Ben Bridge had a nice 26-08 shot put throw, and also broke a long standing DASH triple jump record with his 29-11.75 effort. Brendan Sanchez’ best shot put throw was 24-04. Will Farrell went past 71 feet as a rookie discus thrower. Seth Holter, also a rookie, had an impressive 63 foot throw. Drake Hacker came it at 55 feet. Briton Kostrzewa long jumped 14-09 at the end of the day. Brian Durbin and Westley Marek both also landed past 14 feet, and Nolan Giles-Pufahl came in at 10-11.

That is a lot of results to go through, but it was important that we did so many events. Now we know a lot more about where this team is right now heading into the busy part of our schedule. We have never had such a big, or such a talented team. If we can keep improving, and I can get the athletes into the correct events, the season is going to be special. You will not want to miss it.

Thanks to Ed Beck for his help with the coaching. He was the one doing most of the work getting the athletes where they needed to be. Thanks to all those who made the trek to Watertown. It was nice seeing so many DASH fans. Thanks to the picture girls, Julianna and Grace Caspers for taking the photos. We have another big Saturday meet this week, and a 3-meet week after that. It is time to stay healthy and be ready. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school team competed in the Ed Dwyer Invitational at Waukesha South High School last Saturday. Our team has grown to the extent that for the first time the DASH roster had to be limited to varsity athletes. We would get to see how our varsity team stacks up against the mostly Division 1 school competition.

We ran teams in all eight of the relay events. The girls 4×800 team of Andrea Beck, Faith Caspers, Kayla Walters, and Zipporah Caspers had their sights set upon the DASH record.  And the girls got the day’s racing off to a great start with their 11:33 time smashing the record by 22 seconds. The boys 4×800 team of Justin Chu, John Klaves, Samuel Zinkgraf, and Drake Hacker all ran to about their personal bests to place 6th overall with a 9:53 time.  Our girls 4×160 and 4×240 teams kept within just a few seconds of the other teams, which is not easy against the exclusively large school competition.  The boys 4×160 team also ran to a respectable time and kept it close. The boys 4×240 team of Brian Durbin, Will Farrell, John Klaves, and Samuel Zinkgraf beat their seed time and gave us a hard fought 5th place finish.  The girls 4×400 team of Abby Chu, Kayla Walters, Faith Caspers, and Andrea Beck raced to a very nice early season time of 4:53. The DASH record watch is on for that event. And the boys 4×400 team of Justin Chu, John Klaves, Ben Hughes, and Jacob Dickman placed 7th overall giving us our final 2 team points of the day.

In the individual running events, Grace Zinkgraf got things started with a 12th place finish in the 55 meter high hurdles. In the 55 meter race, Abby Chu and Nina Smrecek ran in the low 9’s, and Kayla Bruton really looked strong with her 8.19, good for 11th place. For the boys 55 meters, freshmen Brian Durbin and Westley Marek got a first taste of varsity competition. Senior Jeremy Marek’s 7.77 was the team’s best. In the mile, Katrina Lipski ran much more controlled and lowered her time from last race by 28 seconds. Faith Caspers ran to a respectable 6:46. Andrea Beck ran in the fast heat and was pulled along to a DASH indoor record of 6:06. Tim Kowalinski finished his mile in just over 6 minutes.  Joe Maurer really looked good, getting through 10 laps in 5:34. In the last heat of the boys mile, Jacob Dickman did much of his work from the front before settling for 3rd place overall. His 4:55 time bodes well for another big season from Jacob. In the 400, Johannah Lee won her heat once again with a 1:17. Abby Chu was next. I had her with a 1:13, but PTTiming did not have her effort listed.  Kayla Walters followed Abby and lowered her outdoor 400 record to 1:12. This is a good group of 400 meter girls.  For the boys, Ben Hughes finished just ahead of Joe Maurer, but was disqualified after cutting into lane 1 too early.  Joe finished with a 1:08 coming off his mile run. Paul Harty raced in with a 1:06 time in his first high school race. In the 800 meters, Katrina Lipski cut off 24 seconds from her last race. Jessy Homa finished with what looked to me like a routine 3:06. Look for her to dip under 3 minutes this year. In the next 800 heat, Zipporah Caspers raced to a personal best 2:55, a little faster than her 4×800 split. John Kowalinski ran very well in his 800 heat finishing in 2:43. Justin Chu got caught in the outside lanes much of the way, but still managed a 2:24. Jacob Dickman’s personal best 2:15 had him winning his heat.  Meg Mazza, after running two relays, settled for a 35.15 in the 200 meter race. Kayla Bruton’s 31.10 was the teams best 200 time once again. Will Farrell looked fast in his 200 heat. Then Samuel Zinkgraf and Jeremy Marek went head to head with Samuel posting a strong 28.23 time. We will see more of Samuel in the 200 this year. Drake Hacker, after a long break from the 4×800, was well rested for the 20 laps of the 3200. He finished in just 11:57 to place 4th overall. John Kowalinski followed in 9th place.

In field events, Nina Smrecek added another foot to her throw from the first meet to top out at 22 feet. Renee Walters put her shot to the 24’11” mark. Renee then went over to triple jump for the first time and placed 8th overall with her 26 foot effort. Johannah Lee triple jumped just past 24 feet. In the long jump, Kayla Bruton and Kayla Walters both had season best 13’07” leaps, with Kayla Bruton coming out a half inch longer. Faith Caspers jumped to a personal best 12’7″. Ben Hughes struggled throwing the 12 pound shot for the first time. Brendan Sanchez was thrust into the shot put area as he arrived and threw it past the 25 foot mark. We found another thrower. Samuel Zinkgraf went past 30 feet with his throw, and now has the DASH record in his sights. Our boy long jumpers had a very good day. Westley Marek leapt over 14 feet, while Jeremy Marek landed his best at 15’6″. Freshman John Klaves went a foot past his middle school DASH record with his 15’11” effort.

With so many great results, this meet was very encouraging.  Our returning athletes are starting the season with similar results to their personal bests from last season. Add in a promising bunch of newcomers, and we have ourselves a very full, competitive team. We have not peaked yet, and still have plenty of things to work on, but there is no doubt we are fielding our strongest team yet. It will be a fun year to be a DASH fan.

Thanks to Ed Beck and Chuck Maurer for help with the coaching duties. It was nice that we had our spot on the bleachers with everyone staying together and enjoying each others company between events. That helped things go smoothly. Thanks to the Waukesha South coaching staff for inviting us. They have been good to us since the beginning. Thanks to the picture people, rookies Julianna and Grace Caspers, and my wife. The rookies did a much better job this time with the photos, and will hopefully get better each meet. We did miss the boys 200, but that was my fault. I watched the races with the camera around my neck, forgetting to call the girls over. Now the outdoor season is ahead of us. We have two weeks to prepare. Let’s make the most of it.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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