DASH High School Cross Country 2016 St John’s NW Military Academy Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school cross country team was in Delafield last Tuesday to run in their final meet of the season, the Lancer Invite, hosted by St John’s NW Military Academy. The temperature was in the upper 60’s and the sun was mostly out. We would be looking for some fast times running the golf course on such a nice day. However, the course when measured turned out to be a little short, so no one would be officially breaking their 5k personal records. That was a disappointment, but the race for the top-3 team trophies was still on. We would have to be at our best to leave with one, or maybe even two trophies, as we wrapped up another great DASH season.

The boys varsity squad started the day off this time. Drake Hacker and Samuel Zinkgraf were ready to go for the first time since our second meet, and the decision was made that they would run with the varsity team. When the racing got going, Justin Chu raced out with the leaders as he usually does, and with an inspiring effort stayed in the top-4 the whole way. Justin clocked in at 16:17, and if we had not got an official measurement of the course, his time would have broken the DASH record by .2 seconds. It was great to see Justin finishing on such a high note in his last cross country race. Brian Durbin had his best race of the year. Brian got himself in good position early, stayed steady and strong in the middle, and was moving up before the finish to take 14th overall. So far, so good. Unfortunately, things started to unravel a bit after Brian. Drake Hacker was looking like he definitely was ready to be back running varsity through the first mile, but then someone stepped on the same foot that had the 19 stitches, and a sharp pain shot up his leg. Drake would be done for the day. Freshman Caleb Schaber had not had a bad race all year, but this time his legs felt heavy in the second mile, and he just could not maintain his pace. He fell back in the end to 37th place. We were looking for Joe Maurer and Tim Kowalinski to be running up near Brian as they usually do, but this time they fell off the pace and finished over a minute behind. Samuel Zinkgraf gave us all he had as he always does, and it was not bad as he finished right after Tim, but when the team scores were counted we had fallen to 4th place, just missing a top-3 trophy. It was one of those days for the varsity boys. I think on a good day we could have finished top-2. Next year we try again.

The varsity girls were next, and the team got out to the first flag fast. After the race settled down some, Abby Chu and Kayla Bruton paced together through the first half of the course. This time Abby moved ahead and was moving up in the last mile with thoughts of 8th place when she suddenly started limping on her way to the finish line. Abby showed how tough she is as she made it through the course, but she ended up just out of the medals in 11th place, and then she could hardly make it back to our base. She had pulled a tendon attached to her hip and her hip had dislocated. Imagine the pain she was in, and yet she still finished. We need to pray that Abby makes a complete recovery from a scary injury like that. Kayla Bruton ended up with another good race with her 21:50 time, good for 13th. Faith Caspers had another good race and was our third girl in. Kayla Walters kept Faith in her sights this time, and is just rounding into racing form now. Better late than never. Kayla finished three spots behind Faith in 24th place. Rebecca Dickman had a side ache this time, but made it through the course running right behind Kayla. Ella Johnson worked hard as usual and was the next runner in after Rebecca. It was a great first season of cross country for Ella. Jessy Homa had a cold, and it obviously affected her. She picked the right race to be sick, though, as the other girls all came through for us. We ended up with the 3rd place trophy as we should have. Good job, girls.

We fielded 12 for the boys JV race. We have never run this many before. Vincent Maurer was a last minute addition to the JV team, and he made sure the coach would never think of doing that again. Vincent got out in front early, and held off all challengers. It was a magnificent run from the freshman. His time of 17:42 would have looked good on our varsity team, but this time it was good for the 1st place JV medal. John Klaves was running 14th with about 2/3 of a mile to go. He then took off as he went by the coach and picked off one athlete after another until he was in 8th place at the finish. That gave us another JV medal. Joshua Schaber had another notable race as he came in 15th with a 19:10. Lucas Ebel brought his little brothers spikes. It did not help as he finished in 20th place, a little farther back than he would have liked. Seth Holter capped off a very impressive first cross country season with his 19:37. He has been very fast, steady, and predictable each time out. Ben Hughes followed closely behind Seth with another good effort. These boys should make it interesting next year as they push for varsity spots. Joshua Anumolu’s leg did not bother him and he ran well and posted a 20:24. Ben Bridge was on hand this time, and really moved up in the last mile to finish in 20:49. Zach Pape looked good for the first two miles, but then tailed off some. Freshman can do that. With work on that last mile, he could be really good next year. Cliff Yang edged Zachary Werner at the line. Both ran well, with the junior coming in ahead of the freshman. Seniority usually wins out in boys races. Miles Talbert got better with each race this year. This time he clocked in at 25:17 on the short course. The JV boys have been impressive all season. They ended up 2nd overall this time. Very nice.

It would be the first time in DASH history we would get a JV girls team score as we ran five. Zipporah Caspers had us picking out and counting the few girls ahead of her. She kept them in her sights on her way to a nice 4th place, medal winning finish. She even had time to spur a few of our JV boys along. It was a fun race from our long-time star, who has won her fair share of hardware in her 11 years with the team. Emma Taylor really looked fast the first half of the race. She tailed off some at the end, but gave us a nice 18th place finish. Alivia Kempf stayed close to Emma the whole way. She made the most of her short season. Katrina Lipski saved her best racing for this meet once again, finishing in 27:30. Alyssa Krug was back racing after being sick the last week. She paced herself easy, and then had a great finish. When the team scores were tabulated, we finished 3rd overall. That beats an incomplete every time.

We had our positives this time out. We took home four individual medals, including Vincent’s big JV win, plus we won the 3rd place girls trophy. Unfortunately, they were balanced out by Drake and Abby’s injuries, and I know missing out on a boys team trophy will be bothering me until next year. Looking back on the whole year, it was undoubtedly another great, award winning DASH season. This was the hardest working team we have ever fielded. With the hard work came a few more injuries than we would have liked. The goal for next year will be to balance that out a little better. It is sad we will not have our seniors back, which includes long-time DASH stars Justin, Samuel, and Zipporah. But we were a young team, and have a chance to be even better when we ramp it up again next year.  I hope to see you there. That is, after an exciting track season this spring.

Thanks to Ed Beck, Pete Dickman, and Chuck Maurer for their help with the coaching, and measuring. Thanks to all the parents who stepped up to assist our injured athletes. Thanks to our hard-working athletes for putting in all the miles required to excel at a tough sport like cross country. It is time to rest. Thanks to the camera lady, plus Julianna Caspers, Daniel Caspers, Katrina Lipski, and myself for getting the photos. It takes a team effort on this course. Fortunately, we have a great team!

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.