DASH High School Track 2017 Pacer Relays Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The Shoreland Lutheran Pacer Relays were last Friday, and of course our varsity high school track and field team was there. There would be 14 teams on hand, making this year’s edition of the Relays one of the most competitive we have seen, especially for the girls. The weather was better than forecasted, and the team looked to be peaking. It was time to get the batons out, run fast, have fun, and do your best to help the team.

The relays started with the 4×1600, but this year to save time the athletes were to run in heats and have their times summed up like they do with the hurdle events. There were only three teams in the girls 4×1600, the smallest field of the day. Abby Chu got ahead of everyone making sure no other team had any thoughts of winning. Abby clocked in at 6:13 and Kayla Walters gave us a 1-2 finish.. Zipporah Caspers and Becky Tabler stayed in the pack to assure us our first victory of the day. The boys 4×1600 was particularly competitive with 6 teams having seed times seconds apart. Brian Durbin ran in the first heat coming in 3rd with a fast 5:11. Martin Luther’s 3rd runner came in a second ahead of Brian, and their 4th runner was 10 seconds behind. We were beating our seed times, but so were they. Justin Chu got off to a slow start, but then surged up to the leaders during the first lap. Justin then jockeyed for the lead until finally falling off the pace near the end. Justin finished 4th overall, 3 seconds behind the top Martin Luther athlete, and 2 seconds ahead of their number 2. Caleb Schaber never faltered staying near the lead pack. His personal best 5:00 time was very welcome. Joe Maurer stayed strong and went 10 seconds under his seed time. Was it enough? I thought it was, and a few minutes later the announcer declared us the winner with an amazing 20:16.6 time. Not until I got home and added up the Martin Luther boys times did I realize that we had won by only a tenth of a second. The 16 lap race had been decided by less than a step. Wow! What a monumental win for the boys! As we moved on the 100 meter hurdles, Grace Zinkgraf gave us a new DASH record time of 20.89. Ella Johnson also ran and jumped well, and Emma Taylor at the last minute jumped into the race and made it to the finish line. Elijah Edlund and Patrick Mazza did the 110 hurdles for the boys and got the team 2 points for their efforts. We needed a third runner, but we were successful in keeping Emma out of that race.  The 4×200 start is very spread out, and our girls had lane 1. The official decided to have only a whistle start which is not the norm. It surprised Meg Mazza and she did not get out of the blocks right away. When Meg, Alivia Kempf, Rebecca Doak, and Kayla Bruton did get running they got the baton around in a descent 2:01. Jared Aguilar, Joshua Schaber, John Klaves, and Joshua Roets lowered the DASH record by 2 seconds with their 1:44. That was only good for 11th out of the 13 entrants, but we were in sight of 6th which has the coach already thinking about next year when our boys will not be quite as young. Emma Taylor got the girls Distance Medley started with a fast 2:49 split on the 800 leg to keep us near the lead. Ella Johnson sprinted through the 400 and got the baton to Zipporah Caspers for the 1200 leg. Zipporah has run this leg all four years on the team and she did well again, but we had now fallen back to 5th place. Olivia Chapman now took control for the 1600 leg. Olivia soon moved us back into 4th, and then kept her eyes on the 3rd place girl, finally catching her with just a few meters to go. The 3rd place medals were ours. In the boys Distance Medley, Brian Durbin kept us close to the lead through two laps, and then Samuel Zinkgraf blew by two teams on his lap to put us into 3rd. Vincent Maurer ran the 1200 and with a fast last lap got the baton to Drake Hacker. Drake paced around in 4th place, but got passed early. In the end Drake’s 5:06 split put the team comfortably back into 4th. Drake gave us 5 boys running the 1600 in 5:11 or less. No one else had that. Grace Zinkgraf started for the girls 4×100 team. Zoe Smith, Kayla Walters, and Kayla Bruton joined her to run a 59.08 to place 6th. Our boys 4×100 of Jared Aguilar, Ben Hughes, Joshua Schaber, and John Klaves ran to a DASH record 50.78 to earn the 8th place point. I liked that. Our exciting group of 300 hurdlers were next. Alivia Kempf got out fast winning her heat with a DASH record time of 56.14. Ella Johnson then raced in with a personal best 59.28. In the next heat Emma Taylor got through the 8 hurdles in 57.68. That all adds up to a 4th place finish. Our hurdlers have never done anything like that. Elijah Edlund and Patrick Mazza both set personal bests for the boys. Next year let’s hope we can run three. The exciting Sprint Medley was next. Meg Mazza and Zoe Smith ran some fast 100 legs with Rebecca Doak finishing the first lap. That only took the girls 57 seconds. Kayla Bruton blew by several teams and got us into 5th place with her very fast 1:08 split. The girls broke the DASH record set last year by almost 5 seconds. Wow! Jared Aguilar started again for the boys. Ben Hughes raced through his 100 leg, and was followed by Joshua Schaber for a 200. Joshua handed off to Joshua Roets who crossed the finish line at 1:51.76. Yet another DASH record, but one that should be going even lower next year.  Our girls 4×800 team was seeded 2nd, but that didn’t stop Abby Chu from getting the team into the lead after the first leg. Kayla Walters enjoyed the lead through her first lap, but then top-seeded Martin Luther got ahead. Zipporah Caspers kept us close in her first lap, and then the Martin Luther girl slowed around the back stretch and Zipporah took back the lead, but the USM team was just a couple steps behind us as Olivia Chapman took control of the baton. The USM girl tried to stay with Olivia through the first lap, but we would go on to win by an impressive 11 seconds. That was fun to watch. The boys were the top seeds in the boys 4×800, but after the close 4×1600 we knew we had to bring our best to win. Caleb Schaber went stride for stride with The Prairie School team through the first two laps. Brian Durbin then got the lead early in his first lap and never looked back.  Our lead was close to 100 meters. Joe Maurer ran the 3rd leg and got the baton to Justin Chu with no other team in sight.  Justin raced his two laps to finish up the big victory. Our new 4×800 record now stands at 9:15. It could have been lower if we were pushed.  Our throwers took the field for the 4×100 throwers relay. Meg Mazza and Grace Zinkgraf kept us near the lead before handing off to Zipporah Caspers.  Zoe Smith then left everyone far behind with a dominant anchor leg. The 1st place points and the free hot dogs were ours. Elijah Edlund got the boys off to a great start. Ben Hughes then got us ahead of everyone but the exhibition teams. Brendan Sanchez took his turn and was flawless in getting the baton to Samuel Zinkgraf. The Thomas More team was good, but Samuel held them off for the win.  That felt good after finishing a close 2nd last year. We proved no one can run with our throwers! The sun was down and the lighting was not good for getting pictures of the 4×400, but we still ran fast. Rebecca Doak, Emma Taylor, Abby Chu, and Alivia Chapman ran the four laps in a fast 4:39 to place 6th. That was a tough field. In a very close 4×400, our boys were one of six teams that went under 3:53. Justin Chu, Joshua Roets, John Klaves ran very well, but we were still only in 6th. Then Samuel Zinkgraf made the most of his last Pacer Relays race, moving us up into 4th while being disappointed he couldn’t get ahead of the 3rd place athlete. It was a good finish to the big day of racing. Now it was time for the athletes to turn into DASH fans and cheer the coaches on in the coach’s relay. Mr. Beck got the team off to a great start, and Mr. Maurer displayed flawless running form in his second leg. Then Coach Caspers blew several teams around the second turn. Garrett Missiaen got the baton in 4th place and let no one pass on the anchor leg. The coaches were good, and we were able to put our disappointing last place finish from the year before behind us.

It is hard to fit in the field events at this meet, but we did our best. Before helping with the photos, Faith Caspers gave the high jump another try and this time she proved to be very good, topping out at a nice 4’2″ height. Alivia Kempf made 4′ and Ella Johnson 3’8″ as the girls gave us an unexpected 5th place finish. In the long jump, John Klaves was our best once again with a 16′ leap. Joe Maurer went past 15 feet and Joshua Schaber topped out at 14′. Our girls team of Kayla Bruton, Kayla Walters, and Rebecca Doak all had to jump a little tired, and ended up just under 12′.  Brendan Sanchez was our best discus thrower. He was backed up by Patrick Mazza and Ben Hughes who both had personal best throws. Our girl discus throwers placed 6th overall in a good showing. Elisabeth Krmpotich put her discus past 66′ Grace Zinkgraf past 63′, and Zipporah Caspers 51′. Our girl shot putters were not at their best all coming in under 20′, but they were the best runners as discussed in the previous paragraph. Our boy shot putters combined to throw over 90 feet to place 4th overall. That was definitely one of our best results of the day. Elijah Edlund had a 33’7″ throw and is now the DASH record holder. Samuel Zinkgraf went over 30′ again and Brendan Sanchez had a personal best 29′ throw. Good job, boys.

Our girls and boys teams outpointed everyone in the running events. You can’t do better than that! Add in the hurdles and our girls were still on top. We do have work to do in the field events if we want to get our team scores to the next level. Overall it was an epic day with 6 first place finishes in the 27 events we competed in. We even did well in the coaches relay. The team could not have had much more fun.

Thanks to the coaching help provided by Mr. Beck, Mr. Maurer, Mr. Kempf, and Garrett Missiaen. Thanks to Shoreland Lutheran for hosting another fantastic meet. Thanks to the DASH fans, especially the ones trying to keep warm in the bleachers. Thanks to our camera crew of Hataya Johnson, Faith Caspers, and the camera lady.  It took me longer than usual to get through the photos because they caught the excitement of relay racing so well. Be sure to check them out. We our now down to our last three high school meets. The season always goes by fast.

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.