DASH High School Track 2018 Waukesha South Boys Indoor Meet Report

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

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