Archive for August, 2017

Hello DASH families,

The 2017 DASH high school cross country season got underway Thursday at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, and the weather was perfect for this early August meet. This year’s team looks pretty good on paper. Now we would get to see how close the athletes are to meeting this season’s high expectations.

The varsity boys got the day’s racing started. Caleb Schaber and Drake Hacker were our early pacesetters followed closely by Brian Durbin and Tim Kowalinski, with Vince Maurer, Seth Holter, and Ben Hughes a little farther back. Coming back from the loop down by the track, Caleb Schaber had raced ahead of his teammates and finished with a personal best 19:23. Drake Hacker also broke 20 minutes with his 19:55. Brian Durbin had been running third for us, but started cramping and pulled up at the hill by the track. His day was done. Tim Kowalinski stayed steady through the last half of the race to finish in 20:49. Vince Maurer moved up in the last half and posted a 21:06. Seth Holter and Ben Hughes were both running with the varsity for the first time. They were our 5th and 6th scorers with times in the 22’s. It was a solid, conservative effort from the boys.

The varsity girls got out very fast before settling into a more steady pace. Kayla Bruton pushed herself early, and again at the end to be our first girl to the finish. Her 23:43 was good for the 17th place medal. Abby Chu is starting to find her form from last season now. Abby stayed close to Kayla the whole way and finished 22nd. Stephanie Chu had a very encouraging first high school race. She conquered the 5k distance with a 24:41 on the tough course. Alivia Kempf gave us four girls under 25 minutes. She is really going to help us this year. Faith Caspers stayed close to Alivia through the first mile, but then fell back. Hopefully some new shoes will help. Emma Taylor paced through with a personal record 27:23, a time which should be lowered considerably before the season is over. Senior Jessy Homa ran the second half of the race with a sprained ankle, yet still was able to make it in with a 27:39. The girls are going to be pretty good this year especially if we do a little better in the 5th spot.

Our JV runners had to wait until the last race of the day. Theodore Flunker did very well in his first cross country race. He paced himself to an easy 24:21. With a little more experience his times will be going down. Katie Gorectke has figured out how to race cross country in just the last few days. She is one of our most talented runners and it showed as she powered her way to a 7th place finish with a 25:08. The varsity team awaits her. Katrina Lipski looked very good through two miles. She is close to posting some nice times for us. Naomi Zhou is starting out this season several minutes better than last year as she continues to improve.

The team ran well enough to keep our hopes high for the big races ahead. The girls may be a little ahead of the boys at this stage for once, although a good Brian Durbin effort should close that gap. The team has a meet a week for each of the next seven weeks. It is going to be exciting. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to coaches Ed Beck and Chuck Maurer for being on hand to help keep things organized. Thanks to Julianna Caspers, Grace Caspers, and Savanna Bruton for taking the photos. Thanks to everyone for making the trek up to Jackson to cheer the team on. We get to do it again next week at Minooka Park. But now we need to get back to practicing.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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