Archive for March, 2018

Hello DASH families,

We got to see a portion of the 2018 version of our high school boys team for the first time last Friday night at Waukesha South high school. Eighteen of our boys suited up to compete against 13 other big schools in the area. This is one of our most talented teams on paper. The time had arrived to see them in action.

Field events were first on the schedule. John Boyce triple jumped for the first time and landed a 32’5″. That’s just 2 feet short of the DASH record. Joshua Below set a personal record with a 30′ effort. In the long jump, Briel Holmes and Joshua Schaber became the 5th and 6th DASH athletes to go past the 17′ mark and the first two to do so indoors. Joshua Roets cleared 4’6 in the high jump. John Klaves had cleared 5’4″ until the bar fell down as he was getting off the mat. He settled for 5’2″. Brendan Sanchez got off to a good start, throwing his shot 29’4″. Carter Lentz muscled it past 26′. This years team looks to be making field events one of our strengths.

Our experienced 4×800 team was seeded 2nd and that is where they finished. Brian Durbin, Tim Kowalinski, Vincent Maurer, and Caleb Schaber raced the baton around the track 20 times in 9:52 for a new DASH indoor record. Joshua Below broke 11 seconds in the high hurdles. Freshman Ben Forget held up well in his first high school event. In the 60 yard DASH, Briel Holmes, Jared Aguilar, and Carter Lentz all got into the same heat. All three broke 8 seconds with Briel edging Jared by .1 second for a new DASH record 7.38. We have plenty of speed this year. In the mile, Joe Maurer stayed with the pack for the first half of the race. He then made a surge to the front and dropped everyone finishing in 5:13. Joe looks ready to have a big year. Our team speed was on display again as our 4×240 team of Jared Aguilar, John Boyce, Parker Lentz, and John Klaves lowered the team record by two seconds. Joshua Roets took the lead early in the final 400 heat, but then struggled coming in just ahead of a surging Tim Kowalinski. Joshua had hurt his hamstring and called it a day. It is good we don’t have a meet for a few weeks. The 4×160 relay was next, and yes, the boys came in just ahead of the DASH record we set last year. The new standard set by Carter Lentz, Jacob Parker, Joshua Below, and Joshua Schaber is 1:29.59. Nice. Ben Forget was back hurdling in the low hurdles. He came in just ahead of John Boyce. Our hurdlers need a lot more practice, but are very promising. In the 800, Vincent Maurer faded a little at the end, but posted a respectable 2:39. Brian Durbin got stuck in heavy traffic throughout, but managed a 2:25, and Caleb Schaber was able to break out of the pack and post a really good 2:19 early season time. In the 200, Joshua Schaber was able stay just ahead of freshman Jacob Parker. Joshua and Jacob both broke the DASH indoor record with Joshua going under 28 seconds. Briel Holmes struggled with the sharp turns, but still managed a 28.28. All three were in the top nine.  Joshua LeSac took the track next for his first 2-mile. Joshua looked very comfortable pounding out the 20 laps and exceeded all expectations with his 12:22 3rd place finish. We had three scratches for the 4×400, but our revised team of Carter Lentz, Jared Aguilar, Joshua Below, and Joe Maurer all gave great effort to finish the day of racing with a 4:17.

I have never had a team with this much speech or jumping ability. Our distance runners also look very good as usual. We have two of our varsity discus throwers back and some talent at shot. I am sure you can tell I am excited about the boys prospects in the meets ahead! I hope to you there.

Thanks for Ed Beck and Chuck Maurer for being on hand to help with the coaching. Thanks to our team of photographers, Daniel Caspers, Faith Caspers, and Julianna Caspers. In all but a few events we have great photos. Thanks to Waukesha South for letting us compete once again in their indoor facilities. And thanks to the numerous DASH fans who came out to see the boys and cheer them on. It was fun.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

Our high school girls team got the 2018 DASH track and field season started last Thursday night indoors at Waukesha South High School. Over 400 athletes participated among the eight teams, giving our 13 girls some good early season competition.

Our high jump team looks very promising. Faith Caspers cleared 4′. In her debut, Emma Taylor showed some great potential, peaking at 3’10”. Alivia Kempf showed good form, but stalled at 3’8″. The coach is excited about our throwing team this year. Freshman Annika Lipski topped the girls in shot put. She was joined by Elisabeth Krmpotich in surpassing 20 feet. Abbey Retkowski had a nice throw over 19′, and Katrina Lipski threw it past the 18 foot mark. In the long jump, Kayla Bruton warmed up with a 12’1″. Georgia Gleason had a promising 11’6″ leap, and Jessi McIntyre debuted with a 9’6″. Our experienced triple jump team has never been better this early in the season. Julia Radewahn hopped, skipped, and jumped past 27′. Alivia Kempf’s 26’1.5″ effort was a personal record, and Katie Gorectke opened the season with a 24’4″.

In the running events, Freshman Georgia Gleason showed us she could be very good in the hurdles. Kayla Bruton won the final 55 meter heat and dipped under 8 seconds with a blazing fast 7.96. Katie Gorectke was 7th overall with her 8.49, coming in just ahead of Meg Mazza. Annika Lipski looked fast in her heat, coming in ahead of a hobbling Jessi McIntyre. Jessi then called it a day. Our 4×240 team was very good. Meg Mazza kept us close early. Julia Radewahn had a great split before handing off to Emma Taylor. Emma Taylor was clocked in 36 seconds over the 1 1/2 laps to put us near the front. Katie Gorectke ran the anchor laps and finished just .17 seconds behind a Franklin team for 2nd. Kayla Bruton then broke the indoor DASH record in the 400 with a 1:11. Emma Taylor came back from the relay to post a very nice 1:15. Alivia Kempf posted a 1:23, and Georgia Gleason finished in 1:32. Our 4×160 relay team was next. Katrina Lipski got us off to a good start before handing off to Annika Lipski in heavy traffic. Faith Caspers and Elisabeth Krmpotich finished up with 26 second laps. The girls looked good. Alivia Kempf got in some hurdling practice and met the goal of 11 seconds. Katrina Lipski broke her personal record in the 800 with a 3:26. She is ready for a big season. Faith Caspers followed with a 3:11 in the next heat. Our 200 runners all ran very well. Kayla Bruton led the way with a DASH indoor record of 29.69. Nice! Emma Taylor impressed with her 32.17. Julia Radewahn posted a fast 33.12, and Meg Mazza finished with a nice 33.54. Julia Radewahn, Georgia Gleason, Faith Caspers, and Emma Taylor capped off the day of racing with the 4×400 relay. Our first meet was in the books.

Thanks to Ed Beck, Greg Kempf, and Garrett Missiaen for their help with the coaching. Thanks to Wisconsin Lutheran for bringing their automated timing equipment. This is the first year this meet was not hand timed. I thought everything went very well, but we did have one big snafu. Our camera crew of my daughters Julianna, Grace, and Zipporah had the camera settings all wrong, and even accidentally deleted all the photos of the field events. We will get that corrected and be ready to catch the girls in action in all the big meets ahead. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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