DASH Middle School Cross Country 2016 Warrior Invite Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school cross country team ran hard and got dirty yesterday at Greenfield Park, competing in the Warrior Invite hosted by Wisconsin Lutheran College. The course was wet, and the mud was flying with all the recent rain. We would get to see how our team handled the messy conditions, and how they stacked up against the other 25+ teams on hand. With all the grade levels running together, we would have to wait to the end to see how we did in the team scoring. It was time to run your best on the familiar course, and hope the points would fall favorably for us when we were done.

The girls were led out by Stephanie Chu. Stephanie got herself in good position near the lead pack before heading into the woods. Stephanie held up well all the way to the finish, and gave us yet another great result – 4th place in the 7th and 8th grade division. Julianna Caspers had her best race of the year. She had that extra spark that she has shown us so many times before, as she matched Stephanie with her own 4th place finish in the 6th grade and under division. Julia Kowalinski was back running fast for us. She gave us a nice 14th place finish. Heidi Talbert did not let the adverse conditions keep her from posting another impressive result as she finished in 22nd place. Joy Rasch has run well each time out, and this time she gave us a much-needed 32nd place finish as our 4th scorer. Savanna Bruton held up well in the slippery conditions, and finished with a nice 13:44 time. Grace Caspers looked very comfortable running fast this time out. She may be ready to push it up another notch next race. Hellena Hacker was able to move up near the end once again, and is putting together a very nice 3rd grade season. Mary LeSac looked strong, and kept up a very nice pace to the end. Alexa Bruton stayed with Mary the whole way in just her first race. Her potential is off the charts, and has the coach wanting to see more. Jenna Walters looked much better this time out. This girls team is very young, and very good.

Our top boys all went out fast, and stayed in a close pack, pushing each other and staying near the leaders as they headed into the woods.  When they came out of the woods, it was Kaden Hacker who led the way, racing his way to a 6th place medal with his time of 10:36.  Joshua LeSac came in right behind Kaden and gave us a second 7th and 8th grade athlete to cheer for at the awards ceremony. DASH yellow jerseys kept heading to the finish in waves as Nathanael Chu and Leif Kostrzewa raced in. Nathanael and Leif also earned 6th and 7th place medals, theirs in the 6th grade and under division. It was turning into an epic day. Alexander Taylor struggled some in the woods, but overall ran very well and finished 14th overall. Seka Kostrzewa was next.  He gave us a 6th athlete with a top-20 finish. Daniel Caspers was our fourth 8th grade scorer. He finished 39th overall with a good effort. Silas Johnson really stayed the course, finishing strong, and hit the finish line just 5 seconds behind Daniel as our fourth 6th grade scorer.  We would have to be patient now until after the race when the team scores would be announced to see how we ended up.  Joshua Lipski was slowed some by the conditions, but managed a respectable 13:23 time. Third grader Josiah Chu had another nice race, finishing 7 seconds behind Joshua. Fellow third grader, Charlie Johnson, made his DASH debut, and stayed close to Josiah the whole way to finish in 13:35. Seka, Josiah, and Charlie are an amazing 3rd grade trio that has the coach dreaming of big things in the years ahead. First grader Noah Caspers proved to be a true mudder. He got plenty dirty, yet looked great as he finished with a very nice 14:16 time. Bryant Farrell edged Micah Chan at the finish to complete an especially memorable day of DASH racing.

The girls results were posted before the award ceremony so the DASH fans were ready to cheer for Stephanie and Julianna as they went up to receive their 4th place medals. The 6th and under girls finished in 3rd place overall. They were great. Then the boys results were posted just as the boys awards started to be called out, I peaked at them quickly and saw that we had four boys that made the top-7, so I left and made sure the boys were ready to get their medals and did not get to see the team scores. Leif, Nathanael, Joshua, and Kaden all took their turns to the front to receive their medals. The DASH fans were kept plenty busy and could not have been happier. Then the 6th grade team scores were called out. We were kept in suspense as the teams were called out through third place. We were then told that only 4 points separated the two remaining teams, one of which was us. Alas, we were announced next. Our 49 points left us in 2nd, 19 points ahead of third. Oh, so close! Then the 7th and 8th grade team scores were announced, and we found ourselves in the top-3. The announcer stopped, told us that only 4 points separated the top-3 teams, and then we braced ourselves and hoped for the best. Whitman was called out 3rd with 45 points. Then the announcer told us that only 2 points separated the top-2 teams. We braced ourselves again, and were happy and disappointed at the same time as our DASH boys were declared the 2nd place team with 43 points, just behind Forest Park.  We did not get victory, but taking 2nd place in both boys divisions is an amazing feat that no DASH team has done before.  Add in the girls 3rd place finish, and six individual medals, and it truly was an epic performance from the team. What can the team do for an encore?  We will see next Wednesday. I hope to see you there. Who wouldn’t want to see them run again?

The DASH racing was finished, but then we got to see DASH legend Jacob Dickman race in his first 8k college race. Jacob has never looked stronger as he raced around the ever muddier trail in 28:44 for 13th place overall out of 179 athletes. His team finished in 2nd place. Our middle school boys could relate to that.

Thanks to the DASH fans that raced around the course to cheer the team on. Thanks to all the parents and athletes who were not scared of a little mud. Thanks to Ed Beck and Pete Dickman for their help with the coaching. Thanks to the camera lady for getting some good photos in tough conditions.  Our 7 meets in 14 day swing is coming to a close with just 2 meets remaining. Let’s keep the great results coming.

Take care,
Jim Caspers


  • Cross Country 2016

    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

  • Track 2013

    Front : Abigail Larkin, Sophia Zyzo, Grace Caspers, Julianna Caspers, Grace Zinkgraf, Elijah Anumolu, Daniel Caspers, Leif Kostrzewa, Wesley Evans, Mary LeSac, Andre Coulter, Abby Chu, Grace Dupar, Gulla Kemmann. Back: Danny Wickman, Lucretia Nyhart, Mia Wickman, Faith Caspers, Toria Schein, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Guidone, Olivia Zyzo, Toria Schein, Christian LeSac, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joshua LeSac, Joshua Anumolu, Kayla Walters, John Klaves, Christopher Fossell, Joe Hughes, Glenn Kaboskey. Missing: Stephanie Chu. Simran Khunger, Foster Todd, Briton Kostrzewa, Alex Navin.

  • 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.