DASH Middle School Track 2018 WI School for the Deaf Meet Report

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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