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Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school cross country team was in Racine yesterday to compete in one of their big late-season meets, the Prairie School Invite. This is one of the meets we have been gearing up for all season. It turned out to be a good day for a run on the meticulously groomed Armstrong Park course. It was a cool 60 degrees as we arrived, but then it took a turn for the worse as the rain came in for the boys race. We would not let that, or anything else, slow us down and interfere with our goal of finishing in the top-2 in the team scores.

The girls raced first at 4:15. They ran inspired at the start and got out fast. Kayla Bruton and Abby Chu led the way early, and this time it was Kayla Bruton who eventually moved up to be our leader. Kayla really looked great, and was able to keep up her fast pace to the finish to place 7th overall with a season best 22:55 time. Abby Chu stayed close to Kayla and gave us another top-10 finish with her 23:12 time. Meanwhile, Union Grove was placing their top-5 girls all in the top-10. They would have had a perfect score of 15 points if it were not for Kayla and Abby both getting ahead of their 5th runner. Faith Caspers backed up her good racing from last Saturday with an even better race. She landed a top-15 medal and broke 24 minutes for the first time this year. Rebecca Dickman got out a little slower, but moved up later to race with Faith at the end. Rebecca gave us a fourth top-15 varsity medal as she finished with a personal best 23:51. Jessy Homa came through again for us as our 5th runner. She gave us a second straight low-25 minute time to finish in 19th place. With five girls in the top-20, we laid claim to 2nd place in the team scoring. Ella Johnson had to work hard to stay close to Jessy, and she did. Her 22nd place finish as our 6th runner shows how good these girls were. Zipporah Caspers was really running well, but then had to stop for a short while with stomach problems. Once she got that out of the way, she finished strong. Her 26:16 time does not reflect how good she ran. Kayla Walters, it is hard to believe, ended up on the JV team this time. She finished in a respectable 25:26 time, and was our 5th runner to the finish. She will be back on the varsity team next meet. Her usual role as DASH star awaits her. Alivia Kempf got through her second race pretty much like her first. She broke 30 minutes again. Katrina Lipski is getting a little frustrated with her times. She finished in exactly 30 minutes this time. Fortunately, the course where she set her personal record is next.

The boys race promised to be quite a battle among the top-4 teams. We would have to be at our best if we wanted to score well. Justin Chu complained of some soreness in his legs before the race, but then charged out of the start and put himself among the leaders through the first half of the race. He started falling back some after the two mile mark, but then reached back for something extra to move back up into 7th place at the end. Joe Maurer looked fast from the start this time, and with a relentless effort found himself with a top-15 medal at the finish. Brian Durbin, running close to home, stayed close to Joe the whole way to give us three varsity medal winners. Caleb Schaber was impressive as always. His 19:45 time was a personal record. Tim Kowalinski edged Vincent Maurer at the finish as both boys broke 20 minutes, Vincent for the first time. That gave us six boys in, while no other team but Prairie had more than three. Lucas Ebel posted his best time of the year with his 20:16. He moved up at the end and will keep his varsity spot. Joshua Schaber made Lucas really work to keep it as he went out fast, and methodically posted great mile splits. Joshua’s 20:23 personal best time gave him claim to the 1st place JV medal. It will be difficult to keep Joshua off the varsity team next year with the hard work he is putting in, and the great results he is posting. John Klaves gave us a second JV runner in the top 4 with his respectable 20:36 time. He really showed off his finishing kick on his way to the finish. Seth Holter ran without a lot of DASH yellow around him for the first time. It did not stop him from racing to a personal record and a top-10 JV medal. Ben Hughes posted a descent time of 21:46. I know he was hoping for better after his inspired effort from last Saturday. He will get another chance this Tuesday. Joshua Anumolu also struggled more this time out and his leg tightened up on him after the race. Hopefully he can bounce back strong Tuesday. Zach Pape finished in under 23 minutes for the second time in a row. He is starting to run with more confidence now. Cliff Yang finally got another chance to race, and looked pretty good with his personal record 25:40 time. Zachary Werner was a little off this time out. He has been practicing hard, and will bounce back. Miles Talbert finished faster than he ever has once again. He was only 10 seconds behind Zachary this time. The boys varsity and JV both finished in 2nd place behind The Prairie School’s impressive team. Staying ahead of St. Anthony and Union Grove was not easy, but we did it. Good job, boys!

The team is meeting its goals, and really running well right now. The boys are not as healthy as I would like, so let’s hope they can stay strong one more time next Tuesday. The girls are really peaking now. I have a feeling they are saving their very best for next Tuesday. I hope to see you there. You will not want to miss it.

Thanks to all the coaching help we got from Ed Beck, Pete Dickman, Chuck Maurer, and Steven Chu. It was great seeing so many fathers able to help out and make the race. Thanks to the DASH fans for being lined up in so many spots to spur the athletes on. Thanks to everyone who stayed for the pizza after the meet. We eventually ended up finding an accommodating place to eat, and eventually we almost had enough pizza. Thanks to the camera lady for getting all the photos that captured the moment. One week to go. Can you believe it? Let’s do it!

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school cross country team ran in its first meet up at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School on Monday, participating in a meet hosted by our friends at WCHSA. It was a blustery, cool day, and the course was soft. We would also be running a bit shorthanded, but in the end the team proved once again that it is very good this year.

The 6th and under girls went first. Julianna Caspers ran better this time out and stayed in the top-10 the whole way to finish 8th with a time of 11:52 over the 2500 meter course. Heidi Talbert ran the whole way really fast once again to finish in 15th place. We have really found a runner in Heidi.  Savanna Bruton really toughed out a great run and gave us a third girl in the top-20.  Joy Rasch finished just a couple places behind Savanna and earned our 4th top-25 ribbon. When the team scores came in, the girls were listed in 2nd place. Very nice, but the great results hardly ended there. Grace Caspers just missed a top-25 ribbon with her 27th place run. Hellena Hacker ran strong, and moved up near the end to finish 33rd overall, and Mary LeSac had her best run of the season to place 36th.  That gave us seven in the top half, and has the coach excited already for next year. Jenna Walters was not 100% healthy, but made it through in 17:43. Daelyn Allen came to the meet with the Talbert’s, and  was talked into donning DASH yellow for the first time. She has potential to be good with some practice.

Nathanael Chu led the 6th and under boys through the 2500 meters. Nathanael sprinted his way to a fabulous 10:39 time to place 7th overall. Seka Kostrzewa kept Nathanael in his sights the whole way and gave us a second runner in the top-10. Seka has been running fast for us for years, so I would not call it a breakout race, but he clearly pushed himself up to the next level. Joshua Lipski finished in the top third and has never looked better. Joshua was closely followed by Josiah Chu who was running in his first race. Josiah’s 12:27 time shows his talent, and his 44th place finish really helped the team. Micah Chan ran to a respectable 63rd place finish. I think he has an even better race coming up for us. First grader Noah Caspers has been waiting to race all year. He made the most of it as he left 36 athletes behind him.  The boys finished 6th out of the 15 teams, and that was without Leif Kostrzewa who chose to be a DASH fan this time.

Stephanie Chu ran near the front with the leaders in the 3200 meter 8th grade race. She stayed in the top-5 the whole way. Her 14:40 time gave her claim to the 4th place ribbon.  She will be running with her teammates the rest of the way.

Joshua LeSac led the 8th grade boys for most of the way. On the last loop Kaden Hacker caught up to Joshua, and then the boys gave us quite a show battling each other to a photo finish. The timing equipment showed Joshua finishing just .22 seconds ahead, but more importantly, the boys gave us a strong tandem at the top, finishing 17th and 18th overall with 14:04 times. Tikvah Schlissel ran strong again in his second race of the season. His 15:35 time was good for 34th. Daniel Caspers ran fast enough as our 4th runner to help the boys to a close 4th place finish in the team scores. Bryant Farrell struggled this time at the longer distance. He should like our next race at Greenfield Park.

This team is really peaking now at just the right time. Now we have to get everyone together for our final two regular season meets. We were a little short-handed this time, yet still scored very well. We have two more chances to try to do even better. It should be fun to watch.  And, of course, I hope to see you there.

Thanks to all the parents who got the dedicated athletes to the meet up north in Jackson. Thanks to our fellow homeschoolers at WCHSA for hosting another great meet. Thanks to Ed Beck for his usual help with the coaching. Thanks to Judy Chan for helping pass out the race numbers, and for lots of DASH moms for helping pin them on. And thanks to the picture people, Faith Caspers, the camera lady, and the coach himself for getting another good batch of photos. Now to prepare for the next meet. They keep coming up fast.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school cross country team was at Mitchell Park in Milwaukee yesterday to compete in its first small meet of the season, the Trojan Invitational. With the Domes in the background, and the weather cloudy and somewhat cool, the setting was set for some faster times. The competition included none of the big Division 1 teams we have been racing in our previous meets. It would be time to see how our team would handle the pressure of running near the front, and of being one of the favorites to take home the team trophies.

The JV race started at 9:30. Our JV boys have been impressive all season and they would not disappoint. Ben Hughes led the way with a personal record 20:47. Ben is running inspired right now and his times are coming down fast. Joshua Schaber looked to be struggling, but fought through it to finish in 21 minutes flat as he earned the 6th place JV ribbon. Seth Holter followed with his best race of the season and clocked in at 21:15. Joshua Anumolu looked very strong and had a great start. He was then pulled along by his teammates to post a personal best 21:19. Zachariah Pape finished in under 23 minutes for the first time as he continues to improve. Zachary Werner kept up a very nice pace to finish with a personal record 25:20. Miles Talbert made it a clean sweep of personal bests by the JV boys with his 28:23. Well done, boys!

The JV girls were led by Alivia Kempf who was wearing DASH yellow for the first time in three years. Alivia has not had much practice time, but ran a steady first race and finished in 29:19. Katrina Lipski finished right behind Alivia with her usual great effort. Alyssa Krug fell off the pace of Alivia and Katrina as the race went on, but hung on for a 30:48 time. Naomi Zhou ran especially fast when she saw the camera and finished in 35:24, a personal best.

The varsity girls lined up next, and once the gun went off, it did not take Abby Chu long to start leading the girls around the course. Abby was never threatened and finished in 22:28, exactly the time that Andrea Beck had last year when she also won. Kayla Bruton looked to be having trouble breathing early, but showed us her determination as she stayed fast and finished 3rd overall with a time of 23:07. Faith Caspers finally looks to be back to where we need her to be, as the long-time DASH star put together a nice 24:05 race, good for 5th place. Ella Johnson had the breakout race the coach knew she had in her. She had a strong finish to place 8th overall, and broke 27 minutes for the first time, (and also 26 and 25 minutes), with her 24:56. Rebecca Dickman was not at her best, but did what she had to do to keep our team score low by finishing 9th overall. Jessy Homa gave us an amazing 6 girls in the top 10 with her strong 25:17 effort. Zipporah Caspers earned the last top-15 medal with her season best 26:28 time. We also had Emma Taylor running varsity for the first time. She showed her speed at the finish, and posted her third straight low 29 minute time.

For the varsity boys, Justin Chu went out with the lead pack of five. The racing was strong up there and Justin ended up 4th overall despite his fast 17:38 time.  St. Anthony put two athletes in the top three, and we found ourselves in a very close race. Brian Durbin looked good and stayed ahead of the pack behind him to give us an 8th place finish. Joe Maurer moved up into the top 10 before he was through to keep us in contention. We would need our 4th and 5th runners to finish ahead of the St. Anthony boys to come out on top, and that is what we got. Timothy Kowalinski finished 11th overall and gave us a much needed personal record of 19:33. Caleb Schaber was really hurting the last mile, but refused to fade and finished right after Timothy. St. Anthony’s 3-4-5 runners came in soon after, and when the points were counted we would come out on top by just two points!  Vincent Maurer hit the finish line at 20:17 as he continues to put together a great freshman season. Lucas Ebel edged John Klaves in a sprint to the finish, with each getting a 20:30 time to complete an impressive day for our varsity team.

After a tough first half to our schedule, we were hoping to be ready to score well starting with this meet. After getting 12 top-15 medals, and both 1st place team trophies, we definitely met our goals. The boys remain a little banged up, but our depth is getting us through. In our next two meets, the boys races will be wide open with about five teams having a chance to win. We will have to be even better the rest of the way. The girls look to be peaking now, and the competition will be a little weaker for them. If they run to their potential, we should do very well. This is the time of year we have been working hard for the last few months. It is going to be exciting for sure. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Ed and Mary Beck for their help with the timing. Thanks to all the DASH fans who lined the course to cheer our athletes on to some memorable results. Thanks to the Grace Caspers, Julianna Caspers, Daniel Caspers, and the camera lady for sharing the camera and, catching the action in photos.  Now to get ready for the really big meets ahead. It is not time to exhale yet.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school cross country team ended up in Elkhorn on Thursday after the original Wednesday meet date was washed out because of rain. Fortunately, we were able to field most of our stars on the cloudy, warm day. The meet is smaller, only six teams total, but the teams that compete are very good. We would have to be fast to get our fair share of medals at the awards ceremony.

Julianna Caspers led the way for the DASH team in the 7th grade and under race, but she had company. Julia Kowalinski and Heidi Talbert stayed close behind Julianna all the way to the finish as the girls pushed each other to medal winning races. It would be a 9-10-11 place finish for our stars. Seeing Heidi get a medal in just her third race was especially exciting. Joy Rasch raced to a nice 25th place finish as our 4th scorer. Grace Caspers got out a little slow, but then kept a nice pace to finish in 12:54. Hellena Hacker raced for the first time this year. She looked fast, especially at the finish. Mary LeSac forgot her shorts and struggled through the course. She will be better next time when in proper racing attire.

Nathaniel Chu blazed through the 1.5 mile course in just 9:57 to the lead the DASH 7th and under boys. Nathanael put a claim in on the 13th place medal with his strong effort. Leif Kostrzewa finished just a second behind Nathanael to give us a second boy to cheer for at the award ceremony. As Leif finished, Kaden Hacker was running to the finish line. Kaden’s strong race gave us three boys in the top-18. Seka Kostrzewa had an especially good day, finishing the course in just 10:42. Joshua Lipski cut his time down considerably from last year and continues to run well for us. Bryant Farrell ran to an easy 13:24. He showed good finishing kick, and I think is capable of really pushing his times down considerably in the meets ahead. Micah Chan did not look as good as he has earlier in the season. He is practicing well and should be back closer to Joshua next time out.

Stephanie Chu went out with the leaders in the 8th grade girls race as she should have. She ran in third place for almost the whole way, before sneaking into second heading into the home stretch, and then settling for third. Her time of 10:21 was faster than any DASH girl has every run on a 1.5 mile course. She has truly been a star for us this year.

Joshua LeSac went out fast in his attempt to make the medal stand. He was running with a cold, however, which really affected his finish. It would be 23rd overall for Joshua. Daniel Caspers had a great start before settling into a nice pace the rest of the way. He place 32nd overall with his 10:48 time.

We ran 17 athletes, and took home 6 medals. This team is really running well right now, and should be very competitive in the big races ahead. The next two weeks are going to be very exciting. I am really looking forward to seeing this team run again on Monday. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Mary Beck for again being our official scorer. Thanks to Ed Beck and Joshua Lipski for their help collecting the place cards, filling them out, and turning them in. Thanks to the camera lady for the photos. With all that help, I just ran around the course being a DASH fan. I must admit, it was fun. We only have a few days between meets the rest of the way.  This is the time of year we have been waiting for. Let’s finish up strong.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH cross country team, both high school and middle school, competed in the very big, and very competitive Waukesha Cross Country Festival at Minooka Park this past Saturday. This meet was added to our schedule just last week after the Mayville meet was cancelled. The humidity was over 90% when we started, and our times were definitely slowed by the muggy weather, but overall we held our own against some of the best teams in the area.

Emma Taylor and Naomi Zhou got the day started at 8:30 in the Girls JV race. Emma ran very well overall, but her time still came in over 29 minutes. I knew then it would be a struggle for any of the athletes to get a season best in these conditions. Naomi Zhou did accomplish the feat by cutting off over 2 minutes from her time two weeks ago on the same course.

In the boys JV race, Joshua Schaber, Ben Hughes, and Seth Holter pushed each other to some season best times. Joshua raced through the course in 21:31, with Ben and Seth just seconds behind. These boys are running great, and giving us some much needed depth. Joshua Anumolu posted a nice time in the 22’s. Look for him to go even lower in the meets ahead. Zachary Pape got off to a great start, but slowed up bit toward the end. With some cooler weather his times will be coming down. Ben Bridge got through his first cross country race and broke 24 minutes. He could be pretty good for us the last two meets. Zachary Werner definitely felt the effects of the heat this time out. He will enjoy the cooler meets coming up. Miles Talbert broke 30 minutes as he continues to improve. It was a very impressive showing from the JV boys.

Abby Chu led the varsity girls once again, this time with a routine 23:12. She is running with confidence, and did not push herself too hard this time. Kayla Bruton looks to be ready for a big second half of the season. She gave us a season best 24:01. Rebecca Dickman has never looked better. She has been practicing well and her times are falling fast. 24:30 is her new standard, but it will be much lower than that soon. Faith Caspers is getting up to be speed, slowly. We will need her to be running at her best the rest of the way. Jessy Homa has been coming through for us as our 5th runner each time out. Hopefully her times will be pushed lower and lower for her to stay there. Zipporah Caspers struggled a little in the last mile, but is running pretty good right now. She may be ready to have a big finish to her senior season. Ella Johnson paced behind Zipporah the whole way. I have her running varsity because I know there is a chance she will have a breakout race before the season is out. Kayla Walters has never struggled like this before. She will be one of our stars. Let’s hope it is this season.

Justin Chu led the boys varsity with an 18:13 time. Justin looks to be staying healthy, and should be ready to run near the lead pack in our smaller meets ahead. Joe Maurer moved up as the race went along to be our second runner in. His time of 20:03 was not stellar, but should be better when he can chase Drake and Brian around. Tim Kowalinski gave us his best race of the year. He was the one varsity athlete that improved his time from two weeks ago. Caleb Schaber has not had a bad race yet and has stayed in our top-5 each time out. Well done from the freshman. Vincent Maurer gave us a second freshman in our top-5. Vincent is always able to move up in the last mile. That is a good skill to have. Lucas Ebel and John Klaves stayed together the whole way. They are two of our most talented runners, and we will need them to keep improving in the weeks ahead.

We ran six boys in the middle school race. Alexander Taylor raced to a 4th place medal in the 7th grade division with a time of 9:18 over the 1.4 mile course. Alex has been our top middle school boy thus far, but we have plenty of others staying close behind him. One of those is Nathanael Chu. Nathanael also made the medal stand with his 5th place effort among the 6th graders. Joshua LeSac, coming back from a toe injury, ran well. He broke 10 minutes and should only get better each race. Daniel Caspers did not have a great start, but he pushed hard at the end to give us a good race. Silas Johnson donned DASH yellow for the first time. He went out conservatively, and charged up the hill for a good finish. He could be very good if we can keep him racing. Micah Chan finished in 12:10 as all of our boys ran well.

Stephanie Chu blazed to a 9:46 time to place 10th in the very competitive 8th grade race. That effort got her called up to the medal stand once again. Julianna Caspers moved up as the race went along and ended up 5th overall among the 6th graders. Julia Kowalinski got off to great start down the hill and then maintained a fast pace to the finish to earn the 6th place medal. Savanna Bruton put together a very impressive race. She broke 12 minutes and was our third 6th grader in. Heidi Talbert out-kicked Grace Caspers and Joy Rasch at the finish as all three girls posted some nice low 12 minute times. Mary LeSac gave us one more great run as our little girls really impressed. We also had a late addition to our roster as 2nd grade Abby Taylor decided to run for the first time. With some coaxing, especially up the hill at the end, she made it to the finish and showed us all the potential to be very good soon.

When the long day of racing was over, we could look back and take away plenty of positives. Despite missing Drake Hacker, Brian Durbin, and Samuel Zinkgraf, three of pre-season top-5, the boys held up very well. We still have plenty of JV boys waiting to step up in case we run into any more catastrophes. The high school girls are very close now to putting together a great race. I am confident it will happen in our big meets ahead. The middle school team has turned out to be very good, and really capped the day off on a high note for me. They just need to stay healthy as the team does not have the depth that the high school team has. The next three weeks will provide plenty of theatrics and exciting results. It is going to be a whirlwind of action. Hopefully everything will fall into place. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Mary Beck for keeping tabs on the chip timers. That is always hectic work. Thanks to Ed Beck for his help with the coaching. Thanks to the athletes for running hard in the humid conditions. The photos are never easy to get at Minooka, but the camera lady and I did our best. Be sure to check them out. Now to start thinking about our next practice and the meets ahead.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school cross country team was found at Lake Denoon Middle School on Monday, competing in the very big Muskego Cross Country Invitational. We ran 19 athletes, which was down considerably from last year, but this year’s team is a veteran bunch with all but two athletes returning from last year. It would be time to see how this year’s edition of the DASH middle school team would stack up against the biggest teams in the area.

Julianna Caspers led the 7th and under girls through the 1.6 mile course. Julianna finished in a routine 12:24 to earn the 32nd place ribbon. Finishing close behind Julianna was Julia Kowalinski. Julia has never run better and earned her own numbered ribbon with her 12:52 time that put her in 48th place. Joy Rasch impressed everyone with her good showing in her first race. Heidi Talbert displayed her nice running form to finish in 14:51. She ran very well in her first race and should only get better each race. Grace Caspers finished strong after a slow start and broke 15 minutes. Savanna Bruton finished soon after Grace and cut over a minute off her time from last year. Mary LeSac is taking running much more seriously this year and posted a nice 15:42 time. Jenna Walters also lowered her time from last year. It was a good showing from the girls.

Alexander Taylor led the 7th and under boys, running to a hard fought 10:46 time. That effort was good for 23rd place. Leif Kostrzewa ran with Alexander the whole way and finished just a step behind him to earn a top-50 ribbon for the second year in a row. Nathanael Chu got out fast and stayed fast as usual. Kaden Hacker kept Nathanael in his sights the whole way as the boys finished 38th and 39th overall to give us a very low team score. Seka Kostrzewa keeps improving every year. He cut off almost a minute from last year to finish in 12:11. Joshua Lipski and Micah Chan posted some nice times, but the chute got backed up and they did not get accurate finishing places. The times proved they ran fast.

Stephanie Chu raced out with the leaders in the 8th grade girls race. She was 11th after the first half mile, but moved up into the top-10 before heading to the home stretch. She crossed the line in 9th place and received a medal at the award ceremony. Her time of 11:24 shows how talented she is, and it proves that hard work pays off.

Tikvah Schlissel also ran out with the leaders in the 8th grade boys race. He fell back some, but cracked the top-50 with his fast 11:09 time. That gave us eight top-50 finishes on the day. Daniel Caspers ran well and showed us some speed at the finish. We will need him to keep running well for us this season.

The coach was very happy with the way the athletes ran. The effort was great, with all 17 athletes who competed in this race last year lowering their times, many by over a minute. Our team is smaller this year, but still fast. We will see how much success they will have in the weeks ahead. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Ed Beck for his help with the coaching. Thanks to Mary Beck for getting the official times recorded. Thanks to Andrea Lipski for collecting the cards at the end of the chute. Thanks to the camera lady for getting some nice photos. And thanks to the parents who got the athletes to the race on time and ready to race. We get to do it again soon. I am definitely looking forward to it.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school cross country team was back in action last Saturday, competing in the Waukesha South Blackshirt Challenge at Minooka Park. This meet is run on a very tough course with about half the teams being Division 1. We would get to see how our team would hold up against its toughest competition of the season. The weather was about as good as it gets in early September. The goal would be to post some season best times and to come out ahead of the non-Division 1 teams competing.

The boys would be running first at 9:00 AM. Justin Chu got out fast and cracked the medal stand once again. His 17:56 effort was good for 15th place overall. Drake Hacker posted his first sub-19 minute time of the year and placed 41st overall. Drake’s times should continue to fall. Brian Durbin and Joe Maurer pushed  each other the whole way and stayed close to Drake. Brian came in 4 seconds ahead of Joe with a 19:09 as the boys gave us very low 3rd and 4th runner scores.  Freshman Caleb Schaber cracked our top-5 again. His 20:13 time this early in the year bodes well for some sub 20 minute times soon. Vincent Maurer cut off over 2 minutes this time out to be our 6th runner in and our top JV runner. His 17th place JV finish just missed the medal stand. Vincent may be moving up to varsity from here. Tim Kowalinski was one of five of our boys running in the 21’s. Samuel  Zinkgraf was 7 seconds behind Tim with his 21:09, but Samuel’s hamstring was a problem again. He may need some rest. John Klaves had a nice first race of the year – 21:11. John should be able to crack 20 minutes later this year if he gets in some good workouts. Joshua Schaber and Seth Holter were both under 22 minutes for the first time. Joshua and Seth are both staying close to the varsity athletes and really helping us to some great JV team results. Ben Hughes looked much better this time out. His 22:26 time was nice, but I believe it will be far from his best this year. Zachariah Pape cut off almost a minute from his time last week. Joshua Anumolu looked pretty good for his first meet, and Zachary Werner really impressed the coach with his effort. His hard work is paying off as his 25:49 attests.

Abby Chu led the way for the girls with a personal best 22:40. She is making it look easy running to such great times. Kayla Bruton got under 25 minutes this time out. Her times will continue to go down. Rebecca Dickman cut a minute and a half off her time from last week. Rebecca looked much more comfortable this time out. I see some big races ahead for her. Faith Caspers had some shoe issues and tailed off at the end, but she did make it to the finish. She is practicing much better now, and her times will be coming down fast. Jessy Homa came in right after Faith with some very good racing. She has really come through for us this year. Zipporah Caspers got her first race behind her. She is due for some good races soon, and will like the afternoon races ahead. Emma Taylor and Alyssa Krug stayed close throughout and pushed each other to sub 30 minute times. Katrina Lipski improved her time by over 2 minutes, and Naomi Zhou looked pretty good in getting through her first high school race.

The boys did very well in the team scores, and amazingly got exactly 226 varsity and JV points. We stayed ahead of all but the Division 1 teams. A definite success. We will not be seeing any more Division 1 teams from here, so if the boys stay healthy and continue to improve we should be one of the teams to beat. The girls looked much better this time out, but they are not there yet. The goal over the next three weeks is to get everyone healthy and confident so we can be in contention in the last three meets. The girls have the talent. Stay tuned.

Thanks to everyone for getting the athletes to Minooka and then becoming great DASH fans. Thanks to the athletes for all getting their chip timers unlaced and back to me quickly. Thanks to the camera girls, all middle school stars, Julianna Caspers, Grace Caspers, Stephanie Chu, and Savanna Bruton. The photos are a little sparse, but the girls got a few. Now our focus jumps ahead to this Thursday in Mayville. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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