DASH Middle School Cross Country 2017 WLC Warrior Invite Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school cross country team was back in action last Saturday morning running on our own Greenfield Park practice course. It was the best weather we have had in many years for the Warrior Invite hosted by Wisconsin Lutheran College, and those staying for the college races afterwards would get an extra treat as four former DASH MVP’s would be competing. Our middle school team had a very good day at this meet last year running in muddy condition, and this year we would be hoping to cleanly lower our scores just a little more.

The girls race was first at 9:30 with all the girls running together, but with the 6th and under girls being scored separately from the 7th and 8th graders. Julianna Caspers was our leader through the course, but she was not feeling all that well and didn’t have that extra push to put her in the medals this year, ending up in 17th place. Joy Rasch gave us her usual strong race, keeping Julianna in her sights the whole way and breaking 12 minutes over the 1.6 mile course. Bedalia Radtke showed off her nice stride once again, gliding around the course in 12:21 to place 26th overall. In just her third race, 4th grade Bedalia has already become one of our stars. Myra Johnson looked great donning DASH yellow for the first time in a cross country race. She worked her way to a top-30 finish and left the DASH fans wanting to see more. Savanna Bruton gave the team a solid effort once again placing 34th overall as our 3rd scorer. I like the way she is competing out there. Hellena Hacker put together her best DASH race, moving up to be our 4th scorer. Her effort has been superb the last few weeks. Mary LeSac looked much better this time out, pacing just ahead of a struggling Grace Caspers through the course. Alexa Bruton was racing through the course this time and showing the DASH fans how talented she is. Hannah Schaefer and Jenna Walters stayed close the whole way and posted some respectable times as our 3rd and 4th scores in the 7th and 8th grade race. Hannah and Jenna have both been practicing well and improving each meet. Talia Kostrzewa didn’t have her best this time out. Expect our 5-year-old speedster to run much better next meet. Natalie Radtke got off to a good start again, but then found she couldn’t maintain it. The coach will be working with her some more. She is going to be good.

Our boys took 2nd place in both divisions last year.  It was time to see if we could improve on that just a bit. Alexander Taylor and Ethan Blischke did what they have done all season – get out fast and stay fast. Only one non-scoring athlete was ahead of them as they crossed the line together with identical 9:11 times. Ethan and Alexander had done as good as the DASH fans dared to hope, making it almost impossible for any team to stay with us. Only six other athletes were to go by before the DASH fans eyed Kaden Hacker and Leif Kostrzewa charging to the finish. Leif and Kaden clocked in with identical 9:59 times and had turned the race into a route. There would be no settling for 2nd place this year. The team plaque was ours! The legendary day for the boys did not end there. Nathanael Chu was in the medals once again as he beat all but two of the 6th and under boys. We will be scoring five next week at KML. Anyone scouting our boys should be a little nervous. Seka Kostrzewa was next to hit the finish line, finishing 11th out of the 108 6th and under athletes. Seka placed that high without even having one of his super stellar days. Abiah Radtke had his best day yet finishing with a solid 11:30 time. Charlie Johnson took off the second half of the race putting his talents on full display for the DASH fans, and giving the 6th and under team a good 3rd runner. Silas Johnson and Josiah Chu came in together, getting matching 12:03 times. The little boys were also very good, placing 3rd overall in the 25 team race. Joshua Lipski had his best race of the season. Joshua stayed just ahead of Elijah Pape who was racing for the first time. Elijah really pushed himself and impressed the coach. Noah Caspers had a very good finish to come in alongside Elijah. Our boys team really had a big day. Well done!

The DASH fans stayed to cheer on our three individual medal winners, and the DASH cheering only increased when the boys were called out as the winning team with a very low 22 point score.  Then the college racing started, giving those who did not want the special day to end so early a chance to continue on.  Andrea Beck ran in her first college race and finished the 6k race in 27:53. Not too bad, but she is capable of much more. Junior Siobhan Heiss was the 5th scorer on the 4th place Wisconsin Lutheran team. Justin Chu just missed breaking 30 minutes in just his second 8k race. Justin did not run much over the summer, but he is starting to look pretty good right now, but his Trinity International team needs to keep a fifth runner healthy. Jacob Dickman’s St. Norbert’s team won the overall trophy. Jacob was a key to their victory, finishing as their top men’s runner with a time of 27:32. Jacob has never looked better, or run faster.  It was a day we got to see plenty of DASH legends, some from the past and some new ones from the present. It was another great day in DASH history.

Thanks to Mr. Beck for his usual coaching assistance.  It was great to see great DASH fan Pete Dickman on hand. He showed in time to help out with the middle schoolers, and then stayed to cheer on his son’s team in the college race. Thanks to Mrs. Chu who prepared a fantastic meal for the Trinity team and for the DASH fans who stayed for the college race.  Thanks to all who helped the athletes get their bib numbers pinned on. Thanks to Steve Travis and his staff at Wisconsin Lutheran College for hosting and giving us the chance to race. Thanks to the camera lady and Zipporah Caspers for getting the photos. Unfortunately Ethan and Alex proved too fast for them and for the camera. We will be better prepared for their speed next time. The middle schoolers will be back racing this Wednesday in an equally big meet. You know you want to be there. And, of course, I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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