DASH Middle School Cross Country 2016 Grade School Challenge Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH team completed another season Friday, running at Greenfield Park in the Grade School Challenge. This is an end of season all-star meet that we have not competed in since 2012. This year we were back bringing 11 of our best runners. Our team was very young for this 8th grade and under format, and the competition included most of the best teams from the area, some traveling over 60 miles to compete. It would be a true challenge for our young all-stars, and a chance to see how we stack up against the toughest middle school competition found anywhere in the state this year.

The girls race was first. Our DASH girls found themselves in the middle of the action as they lined up in box 21 of the 40 boxes. Joy Rasch took a spill at the start. She got back up quickly with some help from Savanna, and the race was on. Stephanie Chu made it through the first loop in 35th place by Mr. Beck’s count, and that is exactly where she ended up at the finish. Stephanie’s mile pace was under 7 minutes, yet that still left 34 athletes in front of her. This was definitely all-star racing with Stephanie being one of the stars. Julianna Caspers got off the starting line late and found herself in heavy traffic the whole way. The field in all-star meets does not spread out like it does in normal meets. Julianna finished with a respectable time of 12:54 over the 1.75 mile course. Julia Kowalinski stayed close to Julianna again this time, staying just 16 seconds back. Those 16 seconds left her 14 runners behind Julianna for 81st place. The racing was very tight. Heidi Talbert was our 4th scorer, and put together a very impressive race. She hit the finish in 13:44. Joy Rasch, after her early spill, got up and competed well, yet finished in 142nd place. Savanna Bruton was not at her best this time, falling behind the other girls. Hopefully she will get a few more chances at this meet in the coming years. The girls finished in 14th place overall which is pretty good for such a young team.

The boys were next, and their race would be even more competitive. Our boys lack a true number 1, so the goal would be to have our top-4 all staying close, and pushing each other to some good times. Kaden Hacker was a late scratch, so our top-4 would all have to bring their best for us to score well. After the first loop the boys were all together as we hoped. Leif Kostrzewa was the first to come out of the woods with Joshua LeSac eventually chasing him down before the finish. Nathanael Chu and Alexander Taylor came out of the woods only a few seconds behind. Joshua finished in 11:41, and all the boys stayed within 7 seconds of each other. It was just what we had hoped they would do, and their times were very good, but that still left us in 18th place in the team standings out of the 25 teams that scored. We could not match the other teams’ number 1 runner this time, but we scored only one 8th grader. We have a chance to really move up in the standings in the years ahead. Daniel Caspers gave us a little insurance in taking Kaden’s roster spot. He made it through the course and got himself a t-shirt for his efforts. Overall, the boys ran very well and gained some valuable all-star experience.

Thanks to Mr. Beck for his help with the coaching. Thanks to Wisconsin Lutheran College for hosting another great meet, and setting up a very nice course. Thanks to the camera lady for getting the photos once again. The boys race was particularly challenging for her with the boys running so close together. We made it through another great DASH season. The days are getting shorter now, and it is time to put the DASH Blog to rest for awhile and get down to some serious studying. We ramp it up again the first week of March for track. I hope to see you there.

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.