DASH High School Track 2017 Watertown Gosling Open Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school track team opened its outdoor season in Watertown last Saturday. There would be no relays for our 40 athletes on hand.  Everyone would be on the clock with the time trial format, showing off their talents for the coaches and the DASH fans. The weather was warm and very nice for a mid-April meet. There was a blustery headwind that slowed down the 100 and 200 times some, but it did now stop the team from posting some impressive results.

The 1600 meter run was first on our schedule. Olivia Chapman showed off her stride and finished in less than 6 minutes. Abby Chu, running her first 1600, impressed us with her 6:19. Becky Tabler struggled in her first DASH race. She has looked good in practice and will get another chance next week. Katrina Lipksi dipped under 8 minutes. For the boys, freshman Zachariah Pape showed us his potential and paced himself well. Vincent Maurer did a 5:49 and is still rounding himself into shape. Brian Durbin, coming off a week of debating, was a little off, but managed a 5:24. Drake Hacker looked better this time and came in just ahead of Brian. Joe Maurer moved up to place 6th overall with a 5:20. Caleb Schaber went out fast and caught everyone’s attention. In just his first 1600 he finished 3rd overall with a 5:14. Justin Chu took off after one lap and dipped under 5 minutes for the win. He is ready for a big season. Grace Zinkgraf looked good in the 100 hurdles, although she hit the last hurdle and fell. The coach was happy with her effort. Joshua Below and Elijah Edlund raced through the 110 hurdles in identical 21.83 times in separate heats. These two boys are the best the team has ever had. In the 200, Kayla Bruton made running a 28.70 look easy.  Zoe Smith looked much better and posted a nice 31.18 time. Meg Mazza won the 5-DASH-girl super heat. Meg needed a 31.42 to stay ahead of Rebecca Doak’s 31.63, Emma Taylor’s 31.65, and Katie Gorectke’s 31.78 times. The team has never had this much speed. Kayla Walters was also in that heat. She made her case to be back in the distance events.  We need her there. I had Julia Radewahn under-seeded in all her events. She is yet another very good sprinter that should have been running with the girls in the super heat. Ella Johnson broke 33 seconds and Elisabeth Krmpotich ran a nice 33.80. That event for the girls was amazing.  In the boys 200, Samuel Zinkgraf was our number 1 with a 26.85. He was followed closely by John Klaves, Joshua Schaber, Jared Aguilar, Joshua Roets, Ben Hughes, and Elijah Edlund. I was impressed with how close everyone was to Samuel. We need that. Tim Kowalinski can also run with the group above, but he took a spill just before the finish. Patrick Mazza finally raced his first high school race in the 200 after practicing for over a year. In the 800, more than half the participants were from our team. Zipporah Caspers led our girls in the first heat. Kayla Walters was next, getting just ahead of Rebecca Dickman at the finish. Rebecca was followed by Becky Tabler. Katrina Lipski had a good finish, getting ahead of a slowing Faith Caspers down the homestretch. Faith had pain in her knee again and may be done for the season.  In the next heat, Abby Chu posted a nice 2:51 time. Olivia Chapman was the early leader and raced in with a 2:37.6. That time broke the DASH record by a fraction of a second. Very nice.  Justin Chu and Brian Durbin paced all the boys and gave us an impressive 1-2 finish. Caleb Schaber did about a 2:22, but was DQ’d after cutting into lane 1 too soon.  I forgot to talk with him about that. It is easy to forget he’s a rookie. Joe Maurer did a routine 2:28. He was followed by Vincent Maurer, Zachariah Pape, and Tim Kowalinski all finishing in the 2:40’s. Zachary Werner broke his personal record by 25 seconds. Well done. We ran 6 athletes in the 300 hurdles and they all did well. Emma Taylor, despite falling, was our first girl to the finish. Alivia Kempf did a 1:02 and looked great. I knew she would be good if she tried it. Ella Johnson and Elisabeth Krmpotich gave us four girls with 1:03 or better times.  Joshua Below finished in just 50 seconds. The long-standing DASH record may be going down this year. Patrick Mazza broke a minute in his first try.  Oh, is it nice to have so many good hurdlers. In the 100, Kayla Bruton, Meg Mazza, and Zoe Smith placed in the top-25. Katie Gorectke, Julia Radewahn, Grace Zinkgraf, and Katrina Lipski also showed us some good speed. Samuel Zinkgraf again had the fastest time among the boys, but again the boys behind him were close. Jared Aguilar had the best start of the day and that helped him to hold off John Klaves, Joshua Roets, and Ben Hughes in another DASH super heat. Joshua Schaber should have been in that heat as well with his 13.26 time. Brendan Sanchez showed great effort and took a tumble just past the finish line. He now has a new personal record about half a second lower. It was time for the 400, the last event of the day. We placed 11 girls with 1:16 or lower times. Alivia Kempf was about 6 seconds faster than her last meet. Becky Tabler showed us her speed and broke 1:15. Ella Johnson finished in a personal best 1:14.42.  Julia Radewahn won her early heat easily with a 1:13. She will go even faster when he I get her into a proper heat. Katie Gorectke did a 1:12. Emma Taylor got a personal record 1:11.4. Rebecca Doak showed off her 400 running skills with a 1:10. I had my eye out for that after seeing her run in practice. . And then Kayla Bruton followed with her own 1:10. Bring on some 4×400’s. We need that record to be lowered this year. Patrick Mazza got the boys started by winning his heat. Joshua Below won his early heat with a 1:03. I had him under-seeded.  Caleb Schaber finished in 1:00 in his heat, and came in ahead of Elijah Edlund’s 1:02, and Jared Aguilar’s 1:03. These freshman boys are top notch. It only took 58 seconds for Joshua Roets to do a lap. You will be seeing more full laps from him. Justin Chu then raced John Klaves. John’s 1:02 was descent, but Justin Chu got way ahead with his 58.10. Samuel Zinkgraf finished the great day of racing with his own heat victory and 59.01 time.  That was a lot of running – a lot of fast running.

Field events are hard to fit in with all the running, but we did fit most of them in. Alivia Kempf and Ella Johnson were our high jumpers again. They both made it over the 3’8″ mark, and then Alivia topped out at 3’10”.  Kayla Bruton is getting in her long jump groove now and did a 13’8″. Rebecca Doak made it to 12’4″ in her first jumps of the year. Grace Zinkgraf had a nice 11’10” jump, just ahead of Abby Chu’s 11’8″, and Julia Radewahn’s 10’5″.  John Klaves went all the way to 16’7″ this time. He is getting better each meet. Joe Maurer had a personal record 15’9″. Brian Durbin did his usual 14 feet, and Joshua Below made it past 13. Jared Aguilar jumped 12’6″ for a personal record. In the discus, Grace Zinkgraf had a very nice 63 foot throw. Elisabeth Krmpotich got her discus to 56 feet. It was her first time throwing discus, but not her last.  Ben Bridge missed the DASH record by 3 inches with his 76’9″ throw. Brendan Sanchez impressed with his 68′ effort. He is getting good. Patrick Mazza and Zachary Werner also threw well. Zoe Smith led our girls again in the shot put. Meg Mazza hit 20 feet for the first time. Emma Taylor did a respectable 19’7″ in her first try at shot. Ben Bridge threw his shot 25 feet. Brendan Sanchez threw it over 28 to improve his personal record by over 2 feet. Samuel Zinkgraf broke 30 feet by 2 inches. Elijah Edlund, our middle school star from last year, seems to have taken a liking to the heavier 12 pound shot he is now throwing. Elijah’s best was measured at 30’3″. The DASH fans will have to pay extra attention to the shot put field this season with the boys throwing like that.

The time trials are in the books. Now we move on to the heart of our schedule in the weeks ahead. The team looks to be ready to score some points!  I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Ed Beck, Joe Maurer, Garret Missiaen, and Greg Kempf for their help with the coaching. Thanks for all the parents on hand who got the athletes all the way out to Watertown and ready to compete.  More thanks to the parents who then transformed themselves into great DASH fans. Thanks to Watertown HS Coach Chris Mertens for inviting us, having the meet run so smoothly, and even correcting an invalid mark for us quickly that I brought to his attention.  Thanks to our camera crew of Hataya Johnson, Faith Caspers, and Grace Caspers. The photos are superb. Be sure to check them out. Plenty of practices and meets ahead, but it will go by quick.  Stay healthy and be ready!

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.