Archive for March, 2017

Hello DASH families,

We got an early season look at the 2017 DASH high school girls track and field team last Thursday in the annual Waukesha South Preview Meet. The girls were able to get in out of the cold, and enjoy the warm indoor conditions while showing off their new jerseys. This is a practice meet. It gives us a chance to see where the team is now, gain some experience, and see all the areas that need working on in the weeks ahead.

Field events were first on the schedule and that included high jump. We have not participated in the high jump in years, but we had three brave volunteers for new DASH coach Danica Johnson to work with. Zipporah Caspers made the opening height of 3’6″. Ella Johnson cleared 3’8″, and Alivia Kempf made it to 4 feet before she was done. Very fun. In the shot put, Zoe Smith led the way with a 21’11”. Throwing for the first time, Elisabeth Krmpotich also got the shot past 21 feet.  Meg Mazza looked strong and broke her personal record by over 3 feet, and Katrina Lipski hit 18 feet. The coach was very happy with the shot put results. Emma Taylor was our lone long jumper and posted a team-best 11’8″.

Emma Taylor then got the running started in the 55m high hurdles. She ran conservatively and looked pretty good. We may need her to hurdle some more for us this year. In the 55m, Rebecca Doak and Zoe Smith both looked very fast with Rebecca clocking in at 8.2. Meg Mazza gave us a 3rd girl in the top-15 in the large group of 64 participants. Ella Johnson posted a nice 8.7 time. Alivia Kempf and Elisabeth Krmpotich were in the 9 second range and Naomi Zhou was just over 10. DASH veteran Katrina Lipski got in a good workout running the 10-lap mile race. Meg Mazza then got our 4×240 relay team started, a role she will be taking on often this season.  Meg put us near the lead as she handed off to Elisabeth Krmpotich. Elisabeth moved us up into first, and when Jessy Homa was done we were several steps ahead. Then Zipporah Caspers ran the anchor leg and held off a good Wisconsin Lutheran girl in a photo finish.  Except there was no photo finish as this is a hand-timed meet. The official results had us taking 2nd by .3 seconds. That was the one poorly timed event that we had.  Ella Johnson won her 400 heat, which included Alivia Kempf, with both girls posting pretty fast early-season results. In her first DASH race, senior Abigail Doak did the 400 in 1:20, and Emma Taylor’s 1:14 was good for 2nd place overall despite getting bumped in the home stretch. Our girls were seeded in the fast heat of the 4×160 relay and Meg Mazza again got the team started off fast. Rebecca Doak kept us tied for the lead with one other team, but then the handoff to Jessy Homa was dropped. It was an especially exciting two laps, anyway. In the first heat of the 800, Jessy Homa led our girls followed by Katrina Lipski and Naomi Zhou. In the second heat, Zipporah Caspers led Abigail Doak around the 5 laps. Distance running isn’t easy early in the season, but all the girls posted respectable times. In the 200, Rebecca Doak caught our attention again, winning her heat which included Meg Mazza and Elisabeth Krmpotich. Zoe Smith coasted in with a 33.1 time in her heat. This team has plenty of speed again this year. The 4×400 capped off the day of racing. Emma Taylor, Ella Johnson, Alivia Kempf, and Zipporah Caspers all ran very well, finishing 2nd in their heat.

Despite little practice time because of the weather the team held up very well. Add in the fact that we have nine very good athletes on reserve who were not able to participate this time, you come up with a very promising group of girls. It is going to be fun, but we do have plenty to work on in practice. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Ed Beck and Danica Johnson for their help with the coaching. Thanks to Hataya Johnson and Faith Caspers for taking the photos. Hopefully we will get to see Faith running again soon. Thanks for all the volunteers Waukesha South got together to put on the meet. And thanks to all the DASH fans for coming out.  I didn’t see any other teams with more.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

We will not be able to meet at Hart Park on Saturday, March 18th, so the start of the middle school practices will be Tuesday, March 21st, 6:15 PM at Hart Park in Wauwatosa. This still gives us about a month of practicing time before the first middle school meet on April 19th.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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