Archive for August, 2018

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school cross country team competed at the famed UW-Parkside course for the first time yesterday in a meet hosted by Kenosha St Joseph’s. It was a particularly warm and humid day with rain in the forecast. To help assure that everyone would get to run, the meet organizers decided to have the girls start exactly 10 minutes after the boys. It proved to be a wise decision as the rain did come just as the girls were finishing up. The DASH fans and the camera crew had to be especially attentive as the boys and girls were all out on the course at the same time for a while. After 41 minutes of racing all of our athletes had made it in. Definitely a DASH record for fastest meet.

The boys were ready in box 1 for the 4:30 start with the girls waiting to move in as soon as they got started. After going up the first big hill, and then winding their way through the woods back down the hill, Caleb Schaber was the first to be seen. Caleb moved well in the heat and beat his time from last week with a 19:05, good for 14th place and the medal stand. Star freshman Alexander Taylor got out fast and held on to be our 2nd runner in. Brian Durbin was running probably for the last time for us as he prepares to go off to school this weekend. Brian left some of his lunch on the hill by the 2 mile mark, but then made a late surge to finish right behind Alex. Kaden Hacker set a personal record in the heat and kept Alex and Brian in his sights. Our other star freshman’s 20:30 time and 36th place finish was exceptional. Drake Hacker battled his way through the tough conditions to finish 41st overall. Drake is the big guy on the varsity time. His times will be coming down considerably as the weather cools. Joshua Schaber was our 6th runner again. This time he was able stay ahead of the 4th runner on all the teams finishing behind us. We don’t have a big team this year, but it is our depth that is keeping those teams behind us. Vincent Maurer did not have his usual late push probably because of the heat. With Brian helping us out this time, hopefully he is saving his best races for the big meets ahead. Matthew Schaber gave us three freshman in the top-15 and he hasn’t shown us his best racing yet. Jacob Parker told me he was tired before the race and it showed. Hopefully he will be back looking as good he did last week next time.

Abby and Stephanie Chu have done well in the past in warm conditions and they did it again. Abby and Stephanie ran side by side most of the way with Abby hitting the finish line first this time. The girls placed 6th and 7th overall with times in the low 23’s. Very nice. Alivia Kempf also earned her second top-15 medal of the season with her 14th place finish. Abby, Stephanie, and Alivia have been an outstanding trio thus far, and we are making progress getting the rest of the girls to move up close behind them. Emma Taylor is not known for running well in these kind of conditions, but she toughed out a good race to be our 4th runner in once again. Katie Gorectke was outstanding the first half of the course, and then hung on to be our 5th runner in. Katie is rounding into form now and should be a fixture on the varsity squad the rest of the way. Ella Johnson had a great finish, moving up to edge Faith Caspers in the end. Faith is still dealing with blisters on her heals from last week and the heat wore on Ella early on. They will be getting their times down considerably in the weeks ahead. As will Katrina Lipski who did not post her best time of the season, but is looking in form and is waiting for some better conditions to show off her stride.

Our team scores were very respectable for this early in the season. The girls placed a close 4th once again, and the boys were in the mix with a 6th place showing. The team is about where we would like it to be thus far, but our competition will be improving as the season goes along. We have nine days to improve ourselves and get ready for our next big meet at Hales Corners Park. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Dawn Kempf for her help with the coaching. Thanks to the staff at St Joseph’s for being aware of the weather situation and getting the meet completed. Thanks to our camera crew of Julianna and Grace Caspers. They did their best running around to catch as much of the action as they could in photos. Thanks to all the DASH fans for making the trip down to UW-Parkside. The meet got good reviews so we should be back again next year, hopefully with better weather and better traffic conditions.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school cross country team got another season started, their 11th,  yesterday at Kettle Moraine Lutheran high school. It was a beautiful, party sunny day with a cool breeze blowing in the background. The rain from earlier in the week made the low grounds of the course a bit soft, so the course was not running fast. Nonetheless, after several weeks of practice, it was time to see how our promising team would stack up against some 11 other teams this early in the season.

The varsity boys were first on the program. Caleb Schaber got out to a fast start in his quest for a top-20 medal. He held on and achieved his hardware goal with a 14th place finish. Freshman Alexander Taylor did not let the longer 5k high school distance slow him down at all. He also made it to the medal stand in 18th place with an impressive time of 19:36. Drake Hacker is rounding into running shape after a summer of cross country ski training. Drake gave us a solid 26th place finish and will only get faster as the season goes on. Freshman Kaden Hacker showed off his effortless, smooth stride for the first time at the high school level. His 28th place finish was one of the keys to our good team score. Vincent Maurer laced up his spikes once again for us. He moved up over the last mile to be our 5th runner in. He will one of the keys to our season. Joshua Schaber stayed steady through the course, and stayed ahead of the 5th runner of all the teams behind us, thereby pushing up their team scores. Mission accomplished. Well done.

The varsity girls lined up next. The first half of the race, Abby Chu, Stephanie Chu, and Alivia Kempf ran together with all three girls staying in the top-12. In the last mile Stephanie Chu showed off her speed while moving up all the way to 7th place by the finish. Stephanie even knew when to smile for the camera as she ran by. A most accomplished effort. After just missing out on a top-20 medal last year, Abby Chu gave us a second girl in the top-10. That has to get you excited. Alivia Kempf set a personal record 23:29 on the slow course. That was a medal-winning 13th place effort. I see a big season ahead for Alivia. Emma Taylor started conservatively, but really got into racing mode down the stretch to place 32nd overall. Emma will be needed more than ever this season. Delaney Regan got off to a great start in her first high school cross country race before getting slowed down some in the softer, muddier sections of the course. She picked it up near the end to place 41st overall. She will be one to keep an eye on as the season progresses. She can run. Faith Caspers needs new spikes. She left the course with bloody heals and a poor time while holding her spikes at the finish. She will be back much faster next time.

The girls and boys race together at this meet in the JV race. Ella Johnson showed us that she may be too fast to keep off the varsity squad as she placed 7th overall among the girls with a time of 27:30. Ella has put in the miles and is running well. Jacob Parker has looked pretty good at times in practice, but never as good as he did at the meet. In his first cross country race, Jacob stayed fast the whole way and finished 20th overall. He may also be running some with the varsity squad before the year is done. Katrina Lipski set her personal record on this course as she continues to run well. She earned the 28th place ribbon for her effort. Matthew Schaber ran a very controlled race and placed 29th overall. He will have a breakout race sometime this year. Stay tuned. Katie Gorectke got off to a fast start, then struggled through the course. With a little more time, conditioning, and confidence her times will come down considerably. Jacarie Rucker made it to the start just in time, missing the team photo. Jacarie struggled the second half of his first cross country race, but he has looked good in practice, and will get better with a few more races under his belt. Naomi Zhou wasn’t at her best this time out. She finished in 37:30. We will work on getting her to start a little faster and her times will come down.

We have never been very successful at this meet in the past. I have thought of it as getting our bad meet out of the way early. This was the year we finally broke out of that rut and ran well. It was a relief to witness the boys capture the 3rd place medals, finishing ahead of 4th by 10 points. That was our first top-3 finish at this meet. The girls almost matched the boys, but finished just one point out of 3rd. So close! The important thing is that we ran like we should be running this time of year. We could have even done a little better, but we were missing one of our new stars, Terez Wycklendt, who is out with a foot injury. Terez loves to run, so we pray that she can join us again later in the year and get in on the fun. We need her energy.

Thanks to Ed Beck and Dawn Kempf for their help with the coaching. Thanks to Bill Taylor, Laura Gorectke, and everyone else who helped pass out racing bibs and chip timers. Thanks to the DASH fans for making the trip up to Jackson, and for the staff at Kettle Moraine Lutheran for hosting a great meet. Thanks to Julianna Caspers and Grace Caspers for taking the photos of the varsity races. The JV team has to thank yours truly and Noah Caspers for the photos of their race as the girls ran off on me before the job was done. The photos turned out all right for a first meet of the year. We have seven meets left on the schedule, including one coming up this Tuesday.  I am looking forward to it. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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