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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  • 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.