Archive for April, 2018

Hello DASH families,

The DASH varsity high school team was in Union Grove last Friday to compete in the annual Pacer Relays hosted by Shoreland Lutheran. This is one of our ‘big’ meets, but it had a different feel this year coming after our first two meets that were cancelled due to snow. We would not be in peak form yet, but fortunately the other teams would not be either. To complicate things even more, the rain in the forecast held true along with wind chills in the 30’s. But with a little coaxing, the team was able to get all their scheduled events in, and leave with some respectable team scores.

Our boy 1600 relay team was first. Vince Maurer opened with a 5:33, and in the next heat Caleb Schaber, Drake Hacker, and Joe Maurer all finished in the top-10 with 5:12 and lower times. That was good for the 2nd place medals for the boys, and got us off to great start. Our 110m hurdle team was led by Hiram Gleason who clocked in at 21.01. Joshua Below and Carter Lentz joined him in getting us the 5th place points. Our girls 4×200 team proved that it is always smart to field as many relay teams as possible. Annika Lipski, Abbey Retkowski, Georgia Gleason, and Katrina Lipski had some good handoffs and finished with a 2:21. That held up for 6th place after three teams were DQ’d with bad handoffs. Good job, girls. Our boys 4×200 team of Jared Aguilar, Briel Holmes, Liam Westhoff, and Joshua Schaber posted a descent time of 1:48 despite dropping the baton. Our girls distance medley team of Katrina Lipski, Georgia Gleason, Jessy Homa, and Faith Caspers stayed steady through the 10-lap race and finished 6th. The boys team of Timothy Kowalinski, Joshua Roets, Joe Maurer, and Caleb Schaber battled to a 5th place finish in a close race where the 2nd through 8th place teams were less than a minute apart. Now the rain started coming down pretty heavy making the rest of the meet much more uncomfortable for the athletes. Our girls 4×100 team of Julia Radewahn, Lake Holmes, Grace Zinkgraf, and Kayla Bruton finished just out of the points. That race was surprisingly fast compared to past years. Our boys 4×100 team of Jared Aguilar, Will Farrell, Joshua Schaber, and Briel Holmes lowered the DASH record by just a little. If the weather was better, the boys would have lowered it by a lot. After standing around in the rain a little too long waiting for their start, our 300 hurdle team of Carter Lentz, Joshua Below, and Hiram Gleason proved to be our best ever. Carter led the way with a nice 49.56. The rain and cold continued and now it took a little coaxing to get the girls to come out from under the tent. Because the coach knows he can always count on Katrina Lipski, she got the call to be a last minute replacement in the Sprint Medley. She was joined by Grace Zinkgraf, Julia Radewahn, and Kayla Bruton. The girls got down to racing and kept it close enough for Kayla to put on a surge at the end move the team up into 3rd place. Those 3rd place Pacer Relay medals will look good on these girls. Brendan Sanchez was next to answer the coach’s call as a last minute replacement in the boys Sprint Medley. Brendan, Will Farrell, Joshua Schaber, and Briel Holmes finished in 1:59 and displayed their mettle with some good racing. The girls 4×800 team of Katrina Lipski, Georgia Gleason, Jessy Homa, and Faith Caspers gave us a nice 6th place finish. The boys team of Vincent Maurer, Liam Westhoff, Josh Wynne, and Joe Maurer matched the girls and picked up the 6th place points. The much looked forward to Throwers 4×100 relay was next. On the DASH team, our throwers run much more in practice than others so we always have high expectations for this race. The girls team of Annika Lipski, Lake Holmes, Abbey Retkowski, and Grace Zinkgraf did not disappoint, keeping all but one team behind them while earning themselves the 2nd place medals. The boys team of Ethan Retkowski, Will Farrell, Brendan Sanchez, and Carter Lentz got the baton around very quickly and will also be showing off some 2nd place Pacer Relay medals. Very nice! 4×400 time had finally arrived. Julia Radewahn, Jessy Homa, Faith Caspers, and Kayla Bruton each gave us one more lap in the rain and picked the team up another 3 points for their efforts. Jared Aguilar, Joshua Roets, Timothy Kowalinski, and Caleb Schaber capped the night off with a 4:03. Except we were able to scrap together a coach’s relay team. Mrs. Aguilar got things started running in boots and a skirt. Mr. Sanchez then looked fast racing down the backstretch. Coach Caspers and Coach Mr. Beck finished up the cold and wet day of racing.

I did not get to see the field events, but the results show we did pretty good. Lake Holmes led the girl shot putters with a 21′ effort. Abbey Retkowski and Annika Lipski had throws over 19′. Grace Zinkgraf and Abbey Retkowski had discus throws of 49′ and Annika Lipski did a 44′. For the boys, in shot put, Brendan Sanchez had a nice 28′ throw, Carter Lentz 26′, and Ethan Retkowski 23′. In discus, Will Farrell just missed the DASH record with his 79′ throw. Brendan Sanchez has a personal best 71′ effort, and Ethan Retkowski landed a 47′ throw. Joshua Roets had a good day in the high jump topping out at 5′. Our long jump and triple jumpers both surprisingly placed 4th overall. Briel Holmes had a 17’01.75″ leap, good for 10th overall. Hiram Gleason went past 14′ and Joshua Schaber jumped 13’9″. In triple jump, Liam Westhoff had a personal record 31’4″ effort. Hiram Gleason and Joshua Below had successful jumps which was better than most teams.

In the team scores, the boys finished 7th out the 15 teams with 46.5 points. I call that a good day. The girls were 8th overall with 32 points. Considering we only had 11 girls this time out, that score holds up well. We have just three meets left on the schedule now. It seems like we should have more. With the hearty effort given this time out, I am confident the team will make the most of them.

Thanks to everyone for sticking around as long as you did and not having us scratch any events. Thanks to the coaching staff for helping keep things organized. Thanks to Shoreland Lutheran for hosting, and getting us through another great meet. Unfortunately, the camera was put away early and I will not be posting any photos this time. Thinking positive, we should have our full team on hand this coming Thursday. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

After two meet cancellations, eighteen DASH high school athletes competed outdoors for the first time this season at Kettle Moraine Lutheran high school yesterday. The weather was perfect helping the team post some very impressive results.

Jessi McIntyre got the running day started by gracefully getting through the 100 hurdles in 22.76. Carter Lentz, Hiram Gleason powered their way, a little less gracefully, through the 110 hurdles with 20 nice second times. Ben Forget had trouble finding his rhythm and made it through in 24. In the 100, Alexandria Sherman posted a 15.30 in her first DASH race. Georgia Gleason and Jessi McIntyre posted almost identical times in the 16’s, and Naomi Zhou finished in just over 19 seconds. Jacob Parker led the way for the boys with his fast 12.80. John Boyce came in just ahead of Parker Lentz and John Shane, all with times in the 13’s, and Josh Wynne finished in 14.25. Joshua LeSac ran four laps in just 5:29. He has really improved since last year. Our 4×200 relay team of Carter Lentz, John Boyce, Ben Forget, and Liam Westhoff did very well and finished in 1:48. Jessi McIntyre was brought back by popular demand, and after a little cleaning up, to run a 400 and did well with a 1:23. Faith Caspers posted a 1:18 in the next heat. Matthew Kowalinski led the boys with a fast 1:04. John Shane looked very good while posting a 1:06. He has really turned into a runner. Josh Wynne did a 1:10 lap, and Timothy Tousignant warmed up with a 1:16. Our 4×100 team of Jacob Parker, Hiram Gleason, Liam Westhoff, and Parker Lentz got the baton around in 51 seconds, good for 3rd overall. The boys have plenty of depth in sprinters this year. The coach especially wanted to see the 300 hurdlers and they did very well. Carter Lentz and John Boyce both posted times in the 51’s, and Hiram Gleason came in with a 52. Ben Forget showed us some potential, and with a little more practice his 1:02 will be coming down considerably. In the 800, Naomi Zhou ran in the outside lanes through the first lap which hurt her time. Liam Westhoff’s very good second lap helped him to a nice 2:32. Josh Wynne’s very good first lap helped him to a 2:40. Daniel Caspers ran a steady 2:57. We had four boys going head-to-head in the same 200 heat. Jacob Parker led the way with an impressive 27.10. He was followed by Carter Lentz, Parker Lentz, and Timothy Tousignant. Joshua LeSac completed our day of racing with a 12:18 time over 8 laps. Nice.

In field events our triple jumpers led the way. Alexandria Sherman posted a 29’6″ hop, skip, and jump which is the new DASH record. John Boyce triple jumped 32’6″, Liam Westhoff 31′, and Hiram Gleason went 28′. Faith Caspers long jumped for the first time in 2 years and did an 11’7″. Georgia Gleason also went over 11 feet, and Jessi McIntyre went over 8. For the boys, Hiram Gleason went past 14 feet, Jacob Parker and Parker Lentz both jumped past 13 feet, and Timothy Tousignant will be looking to improve his form. In shot put, Carter Lentz, Ben Forget, and John Shane showed the coach some potential, but were throwing after their running events which was unfortunate.

We needed a meet like this where the weather cooperated and the athletes could post some times. That will help me get these athletes into the proper events in the meets ahead. Several of the athletes did much better than I expected. You can’t ask for more than that. Now we get to start thinking about the Pacer Relays today, and the Waukesha South outdoor meet next week, and beyond. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Kettle Moraine Lutheran for hosting such a well run meet and not cancelling on us. And thanks to the camera crew of the camera lady, Daniel Caspers, and Faith Caspers for getting some nice photos. It is nice to be kept busy with track work. It beats shoveling snow.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school track team was able to put the snow and the cold behind them and get their season started with some beautiful weather in Delavan at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf last Tuesday. The competition was very good this year with six teams on hand, including one of our natural rivals, the Home School Eagles. It would be a good early-season test for this promising team. With a team this big I will unfortunately only be able to cover some of the highlights of the days events.

In shot put, Nathan Forget showed off his strength with a 27’8″ throw. Bryant Farrell had a personal record 26’5″ effort, and Luke Smrecek got his season started with a 21′ throw. Libby Retkowski led the girls with a throw past 21′. Mary LeSac proved she can compete with the bigger girls with her nice 18’6″ effort. Asalia White-Williams’ put her shot to the 18’5″ mark. Noble Holmes launched his discus over 87 feet as he eyes the DASH record. DASH veteran Bryant Farrell had another personal best with his 69′ toss, and Joshua Lipski did well with his 56′ throw. Libby Retkowski and Mary Krmpotich led the way for the girls with both girls landing their discus past the 40 foot mark. Annmarie Bridge gave us a good trio with her 37′ throw. Noble Holmes, Matthew Hein, and Ben Bojar finished 3rd, 4th, and 5th in the long jump. Madelyn Zielinski, Callie Klepp, and Natalie Radtke were are top 3 girl long jumpers. Julianna Caspers cleared 3’4″ in the high jump to place 5th. The throws were good; the jumpers will be better in the meets ahead.

The 55 meter hurdles got the running events started. Matthew Hein looked great in winning the final heat. Andy Forget, Patrick Waddell, and Ethan Blischke all finished up very close behind Matthew. Lille Chavarria and Asalia White-Williams went 1-2 in the hurdles for the girls. Very nice. Ben Bojar clocked in just ahead of Noble Holmes in the 100. For the girls, Terez Wycklendt was first overall with a very fast 13.78 time. Emily Zielinski and Cassie Klepp gave us 3 in the top 4. In the 1600, the girls race stayed very close through 2 laps, but then Julianna Caspers and an Eagle girl broke away and battled each other to low 6:30’s times. Bedalia Radtke did very well in her first 1600 with a 7:04 3rd place finish. Ethan Blischke and Alexander Taylor jockeyed for position through three laps in a very competitive boys race, and then held off everyone for a 1-2 finish. Nathanael Chu set a personal record 6:08. Out distance runners are looking very good. We fielded the top two girls 4×100 teams. Lillie Chavarria, Savanna Bruton, Asalia White-Williams, and Madelyn Zielinski got the baton around in 1:04 to finish just ahead of teammates Callie Klepp, Sara Durbin, Mary LeSac, and Mary Krmpotich. The team of Ellie Plamann, Mary Claire Egan, Hailey Grant, and Libby Retkowski was the top ‘c’ team. Our boys 4×100 teams all came out ahead as well. Ben Bojar, Micah Chan, Nathan Forget, and Micah McKendrick won a very tight race and set a new DASH record of 57.16. Wow! Our team of Andy Forget, Andrew Egan, Matthew Hein, and Bryant Farrell placed 3rd overall, and the team of David Krmpotich, Simon Smrecek, Josiah Chu, and Luke Smrecek posted a nice 1:14 time. Our depth will help us in relays this year. In the 400, Terez Wycklendt was back to her winning ways posting a 1:14. Callie Klepp and Lillie Chavarria both broke 1:20 and placed in the top-6. Micah McKendrick raced a personal best 1:09, good for 3rd, and Drew Pflederer looked fast with his 1:16. In the 200, we put 5 girls in the top 6. Emily Zielinski, Cassie Klepp, Asalia White-Williams, Natalie Radtke, and Madelyn Zielinski showed us a lot of speed. For the boys, Nathan Forget edged Alexander Taylor with both placing in the top-4. Matthew Hein won his earlier heat with a nice 31.19 time. Our distance runners were back out for the 800. Our young tandem of Julianna Caspers and Bedalia Radtke posted fast 3:11 and 3:14 times. Joy Rasch came in next with a 3:31. Ethan Blischke raced in with a 2:43, and Nathanael Chu followed with a personal record 2:54. The 4×200 is the last event at this meet and it always proves exciting. Mary Claire Egan, Hailey Grant, Ellie Plamann, and Julianna Caspers came from behind to place 5th overall. Mary Krmpotich, Natalie Radtke, Mary LeSac, and Sara Durbin ran a nice 2:27 for 4th, and our ‘a’ team of Cassie Klepp, Callie Klepp, Terez Wycklendt, and Emily Zielinski cruised to a big victory with their 2:11. I was impressed. For the boys, the team of David Krmpotich, Dominic Hein, Joshua Lipski, and Simon Smrecek posted a 2:43. The team of Micah Chan, Andrew Egan, Matthew Schaber, and Nathan Forget showed their mettle while posting a 2:15. Our ‘a’ team of Ben Bojar, Micah McKendrick, Alexander Taylor, and Noble Holmes found themselves in a very close 3-team battle. Then the Eagles botched the last handoff and gave our boys a lead that they never relinquished as they went on to give us one last victory with their 1:59. Winning both 4×200’s is always the best way to end a day of racing!

I thought our team did outstanding for the first meet of the year. Our weeks of practicing in the cold are paying off. We have a few things to work on, and even a few more athletes to add in to the mix, but this looks to be one of the best teams we have ever had. The boys 4×100 DASH record attests to that. We have a lot of exciting racing ahead. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to all the parents who turned into DASH fans lining the fence cheering the athletes on. Thanks to Mr. Beck for his help with the coaching. Thanks to the Wisconsin School for the Deaf for hosting. And thanks to the camera lady and Daniel Caspers for catching the action in photos. Next week we will get to see this team twice. You will not want to miss it.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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