Archive for April, 2019

Hello DASH families,

The 2019 edition of the uber-exciting Pacer Relays was much warmer this year. Eleven other teams, with baton in hand, had arrived in Union Grove to do battle. The only thing putting a slight damper on our enthusiasm for the day’s events was the lack of our girls team. It would be a boys only edition of the Relays this year. The tent was up, hopefully to not blow away in the strong northwest wind. The throwing implements were weighed. The athletes and coaches had arrived. The DASH fans were in their places. The camera crew was ready. The clock stuck 4:00. Pacer Relay action was upon us.

Kaden Hacker was the first to be thrust into the limelight as he was scheduled to run in the first heat of the 1600. It would be his first high school race, and he was questioning if he could hit his seed time coming off of a recent injury. But then the race started, and Kaden got back into his familiar role of DASH star quickly. Kaden would go on to complete his four laps two seconds faster than his seed. His 5:28 was a great start to the Relays. In the final 1600 heat, Drake Hacker pushed himself to a much-needed 6th place finish and a 5:08 time. Behind Drake ran Alexander Taylor and Joshua LeSac. Alex went out fast, maybe too fast, and was the early pace-setter, Joshua picked it up in the last two laps and came to the homestretch going stride-for-stride with Alex. When it was done, Alex and Joshua had pushed each other to personal record 5:22 times. When the times were added up, our 1600 runners had placed 4th overall. We had our first 5 points. Then the hurdles were out and set at 39″. Ben Forget breezed through his 10 hurdles in just 21.66. That cut 2 1/2 seconds off his personal best. Then Joshua Below got through the 110 meter obstacle course in a nice 21.28. And then Noble Holmes lowered his own personal record yet again as he hit the finish in 19.13. Of course, Noble Homes personal record is a DASH record. That would be our first on the day. We had our ‘A’ team signed up for the 4×200, but at this big meet they were only seeded with the 6th best time. The race proved to be even faster than advertised. Our DASH record 1:42.55 time set last week would have placed us 8th at this meet. But Jared Aguilar and Joshua Schaber fought through the strong head wind on the 1st and 3rd legs, and Jacob Parker breezed through the second leg to get the baton to Briel Holmes. On the anchor leg, Briel blew by or stayed ahead of all but three teams. We ended up lowering the DASH record by exactly two full seconds! The excitement of the Relays was pushing us to times we could have only dreamed about earlier in the season. The distance medley was next. We had penciled in four boys who would be running for the first time, but that changed as Vincent Maurer went down with a hamstring injury. Joshua LeSac stepped up to take his place. Ben Hughes gave us an early 2:17 split for his 800 leg. He was followed by Liam Westhoff who gave us a fast 400 meter lap. We were doing well, but this was one of those races where our competition was exceeding expectations. Joshua LeSac held up as good as could be expected for this 1200 leg, and then the always good Caleb Schaber pounded out the last four laps. Our time was a 12:13, second best in DASH history, but that only held up for 5th place in this edition of the Relays. The 4×100 team was next, and our seed time put us in the first heat. Jacob Parker, Nathan Forget, Joshua Schaber, and Briel Holmes exchanged the baton smoothly, and Briel was able to outkick the Martin Luther anchor. We had won the heat with a DASH record 48.81. That put us ahead of several teams in the next heat, and helped us add a couple more points to our team total. Joshua Below was on hand to post a season best 49.13 in the 300 hurdles. That gave us another team point in a meet where every point is hard earned and important. The Sprint Medley was next. The first heat had three teams with no seed times which would prove unfortunate as all the best teams were not in our final heat. Jacob Parker, Joshua Schaber, and Briel Holmes got us in what looked like medal contention through one lap. Jared Aguilar then took over baton duties for the final lap, and gave us a very good 400 split, but some Zielinski kid on the Martin Luther team got ahead of him in the homestretch putting us 4th in the heat. Despite lowering the DASH record by over four, yes four, seconds, the boys ended up in 6th after two teams from the first heat came in just ahead of us. I think it would have been to our advantage to have all the good teams in our heat. High school meets always have the 4×800 first, but at the Relays the distance runners get to take a crack at it late in the meet when they are running a little tired. Liam Westhoff, Alexander Taylor, and Joshua LeSac took on the challenge and held up well. Then Caleb Schaber had enough left to make amends for the Sprint Medley and get past the Martin Luther anchor in the last lap. We crossed the finish in 9:46. That was good for 6th. It was time for the much awaited Throwers 4×100 relay where we have had much success in the past. Ben Forget burst out of the blocks and got us an early lead. Nathan Forget took his turn racing down the back stretch. The competition would only see his back. Alexander Taylor kept the baton moving fast through the last turn and Noble Holmes would be the first to start his anchor stretch. His main competition would be that big Zielinski kid from Martin Luther we saw in the Sprint Medley. It always seemed to be Martin Luther with us in the end this day. The race stayed very close over the last 100 meters, but Noble Holmes proved to be up to the task. It would take a Throwers Relay DASH record 50.99 to come away as victors, and that is what we witnessed. Well done. I wasn’t sure what to expect from our 4×400 team next. The distance races had been especially tough this year, and our boys were not overly positive coming into their last race. But then Jared Aguilar and Liam Westhoff had us at 1:55 through two laps. I was liking what I saw. Ben Hughes made it through another lap on his recently injured ankle, and it was a good one. We were 4th of 5th now and Caleb Schaber had the baton in his hands. We had a chance. Mid way through the final lap you could tell some of the teams were not looking quite as strong. Caleb was moving up. It was getting dark and the lights were not on, so it was hard to see the racing on the last turn, but then as the teams hit the homestretch, Caleb was found running in 3rd and he was not going to be caught. Caleb had done a blazing 55 second lap. The team was clocked at 3:49. The 3rd place medals were ours. Oh yeah!

We set up our tent every year next to the long jump pit which helped us get a good look at how the long jump competition unraveled. Noble Holmes put in a good 16’9.75″ jump early. That held up for 7th overall. Briel Holmes followed with a massive 18’10.25″ leap that had more than just the DASH fans making some noise and taking notice. As the competition went on, no one was able to come close to Briel’s best effort. A Prairie School jumper ended up 2nd with an 18’1″, but he was the only jumper from his school. Brookfield Academy had its top two jumpers at 17’5.5″ and 17’1.75″, with their third at 16’8″. That meant Joshua Schaber needed only a jump of close to 16′ to have us come out ahead, but Joshua was struggling with his steps with his first leap measuring less than 15′. It was a struggle, but Joshua made it to 15’7.5″. I put in all the fractions this time because every fraction mattered. If you add things up, Briel, Noble, and Joshua hit 51’3.50″. Add up the numbers for Brookfield Academy and you will not believe it. It comes out to 51’3.25″. In long jump that is the smallest margin possible. We took home the 1st place Pacer Relay long jump medals by a quarter of an inch! A story I will be telling for a long time. Wow! Meanwhile, our discus throwers were battling the wind. Ben Forget struggled some and settled for 42’2″. Alexander Taylor did a little better at 53’3″, and Noble Holmes made it to 89’8″ in the tough conditions. I was especially impressed with that mark. We took 7th which I was happy with. Our shot putters got in their throws which set them up for their Throwers Relay victory. Joshua Below hit 26’5″, an inch farther than Ben Forget. Nathan Forget hit 21’10”. Our triple jumpers got us 4 points with their 5th place finish. Liam Westhoff led the way with a 35’4″ leap. 35′ has become routine for Liam now. Joshua Below hit 30″ for a personal record, and Alexander Taylor put in a solid 28’6″ effort. Good job, boys.

All these accomplishments, and all this excitement to report and we only brought our boys team. The points were counted and we were announced as the 5th place team with 57 points. We have been in the 40’s the last three years, so we definitely had a great day. One more result I have not mentioned yet was our 5th place result in the Coach’s Relay. Mr. Beck got us off to a good start. I ran the second leg, and Zipporah Caspers ran the third. Garrett Missiaen ran a really fast anchor leg and helped us look good. Mr. Beck and I will be working on our handoff for next year at Mr. Beck’s insistence. He is a tougher coach than I thought.

Thanks go out to the coaching staff of Coach Beck, Coach Maurer, Coach Garrett, and Coach Zipporah. Thanks again to Zipporah and Garrett for helping with the exchange zones. Thanks to Mr. Maurer for getting us our DASH attire. Thanks to Mary LeSac for bringing her home-sown DASH banner. It looks really good. Thanks to the DASH fans for keeping everyone enthused. Thanks to the athletes for keeping us up and cheering. Thanks to the folks at Shoreland Lutheran for hosting another exceptional meet. Thanks again to Shoreland Lutheran on behalf of the Throwers Relay team for their candy prize. The hot dogs were sold out. Thanks to the camera lady, who had assistance from Julianna Caspers, and Zipporah Caspers in catching the action in photos. Grace Caspers and the coach also helped get a few pre-meet and post-meet photos. This team is down to its last three meets now, with the next one coming up this Thursday. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school track team was at Kettle Moraine Lutheran high school yesterday. We had twenty of our athletes compete against seven other teams in a signature Wisconsin meet where the temperature dropped from the 70’s to the 40’s. Those that made it to the end left a little wet, but not before witnessing some very nice results.

The excitement started early with Shariah Hyler in the 100 meter hurdles. Shariah was spectacular and hit the last hurdle with a slight lead, but then she took a spill just before the finish and rolled over the line to place 4th with a 21.66. So close! A bandage on her knee, and some ice to put on the bump on her head helped her to recover in time for her later events. In the 110 hurdles, Noble Holmes and Matthew Hein were back racing side by side like we saw so much last season. Noble Holmes won the final heat and lowered his own DASH record slightly with his 19.19. Matthew Hein mastered the 39″ high hurdles like a veteran. His 21.17 time getting through the high hurdles for the first time was a great effort that the coach knew he had in him. In the 100, Jaimee Heckenkamp posted a 16.23 to finish ahead of Annmarie Bridge and Annika Lipski. All three girls set personal records. Very nice. Terez Wycklendt was the top seed in the final heat. She was seeded properly as she proceeded to blow away the competition by almost a full second with her 13.39 time, a time that puts her 2nd on the all-time DASH record list. Kennard Taylor got off to a great start and never let up while posting a fast 12.80. Jerimiah Maxie finished second in the same heat with a personal best 13.14, followed closely by Ben Forget’s 13.21. Then Perryon Pierce won the next heat and placed 4th overall with his 12.42. Our boys were fast. In the 1600, Matthew Schaber started off very well, but tailed off at the end to finish with a 6:01. Our girls 4×200 team of Annmarie Bridge, Jaimee Heckenkamp, Annika Lipski, and Katrina Lipski ran well but passed a baton out of the exchange zone and got DQ’d. Unfortunate. Our boys team place 3rd overall with a 1:47. That put Noble Holmes, Matthew Hein, Nathan Forget, and Ben Forget four seconds under their seed time. I liked that. Terez Wycklendt and Rebecca Doak got to race each other this time in the 400. The girls went 1-2 with 1:06 and 1:07 times. You can’t beat that result. Kyle Schlegel finished near the front of his heat with a personal record 1:08. Luke Smrecek did his lap in 1:30. Eight boys lined up for the 4×100. Our team of Kennard Taylor, Nathan Forget, Jerimiah Maxie, and Perryon Pierce impressed with their 3rd place result and 50.98 time. Shariah Hyler looked smooth all the way to finish in the 300 hurdles. Her time 56.10 was exceptional and got her 3rd place. Annmarie Bridge lowered her personal record to 1:07 as she continues to improve. Ben Forget and Matthew Hein raced each other side by side and jockeyed back and forth through the eight hurdles. Ben came out about a half second ahead with his 54.56. In the 800, Katrina Lipski just missed her personal record and placed 6th. Kyle Schlegel looked like a distance runner as he cruised to a 2:43. Matthew Schaber paced close behind and posted a 2:47. In the 200 all our girls came in with personal records. Annmarie Bridge did a 37.09, Jaimee Heckenkamp looked fast with her 34.50, and Rebecca Doak looked really fast as she won the meet with a spectacular 28.97. Very nice. For the boys, Nathan Forget broke 27 seconds for the first time with his 26.95. Jerimiah Maxie lowered his time by over a second with his 27.21. Kennard Taylor finished in under 28 seconds. In the next heat, Perryon Pierce did a 26 flat to place 9th overall. The the rains came as our 4×400 waited for the 3200 race to finish. Terez Wycklendt, Katrina Lipski, Shariah Hyler, and Rebecca Doak finished up the day of racing with a wet 5:13.

Field events were hard to squeeze in this time. In shot put, Lake Holmes took 3rd with a nice 28’4″ throw. Rebecca Doak and Annika Lipski both beat that their marks from last week, and Katrina Lipski hit 18′. Nathan Forget’s throw went past 22′, and Briel Holmes took 5th overall with a 35’4″ effort. In just his first attempt at shot put Briel set a new DASH record. The wind was blowing in on our discus throwers. Lake Holmes 75’9″ put her second overall. Annika Lipski threw very well this time and did a personal best 48′, and Annmarie Bridge threw 43′ into the wind. Nice. Luke Smrecek threw 45′. Noble Holmes only made it to 75′ with the wind, but Briel Holmes took 3rd place and set another DASH record with his 92’6″ effort. Should our star long jumper be a thrower? In long jump, Shariah Hyler glided to a 12’9″. That was a nice jump. Jaimee Heckenkamp went well past 10′ for the first time. Joshua Schaber landed at 16’7″ this time. Kennard Taylor showed us his potential with a nice 14’10” leap. Perryon Pierce did a 13’6″, and Luke Smrecek did a 10’5″. Briel Holmes and Noble Holmes both high jumped 5′, and in triple jump Matthew Hein was spectacular with his 33’4″ in his first try at the event. That was fun to watch.

The team definitely reached expectations on the day with almost everyone coming in with personal records. Now on to the Pacer Relays later today. Unfortunately we will only be running the boys today, and the boys scheduled are not all healthy. Let’s hope for the best. We got photos once again. Thanks go out to Grace Caspers and Noah Caspers for their efforts especially at the end when things got cold.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school varsity track team was found competing at Sussex Hamilton last Wednesday against eight teams, including six at the Division 1 level. It would be some of our stiffest competition of the season, and would hopefully push us along to some very good times. It was chilly with a threat of rain in the forecast, but we stayed dry and competed at a high level for the duration of the meet.

The boys 4×800 team got the days running events started. Liam Westhoff took the baton around the first two laps in 2:22 for the teams’ best split. Then Jacob Parker, Joshua LeSac, and Vincent Maurer took their turns for a 5th place finish in 9:42. Grace Zinkgraf got through the 10 hurdles in her path in just 19.46, lowering her own DASH record in the process. Shariah Hyler posted the best time of any 100m DASH hurdler not named Grace with her 20.47. Annmarie Bridge was nervous before her race, but after the gun went off she found some courage and got through the hurdles like a veteran. The coach liked her 25.37 time. Joshua Below came through with a personal record 21.08 in the 110 hurdles. Then in the next heat, Noble Holmes smashed his own DASH record with a 19.23 to place 4th overall. That was impressive and was one of our best results on the day. To great fanfare, Annmarie Bridge was back for the 100 meters and did an 18.10. Stephanie Chu won the heat with a nice 15.26. In the next heat, Terez Wycklendt was pushed to a personal record 13.77 and placed 5th overall. She is fun to watch. Our boys all ran in the same heat. Briel Holmes did a DASH record 12.00 for 9th overall, and Jared Aguilar held off a charging Perryon Pierce while posting a 12.76 time. Perryon was easily the best freshman in the race. In the 1600, Abby Chu got off to a slow start, but then got back on pace to finish with a 6:09. Emma Taylor was not pushed much and coasted to a 7:05. Senior Katrina Lipski got under her personal best time set as a freshman with a 7:28. Caleb Schaber was the early pacesetter in the boys 1600 race. Caleb settled for the 3rd place medal, but with a big personal record 4:51. Alexander Taylor looked like a freshman this time out while posting a 5:31. Matthew Schaber looked smooth while getting his pr down to 5:54. In the 4×200, the girls team of Grace Zinkgraf, Alivia Kempf, Jaimee Heckenkamp, and Shariah Hyler hit their seed time with a 2:08. The boys team placed 4th overall while lowering the DASH record to 1:42.55. Jacob Parker, Joshua Schaber, Kevin Egan, and Briel Holmes are the record setting team for now, but it will be threatened again next week. In the 400, Rebecca Doak did her lap in just 1:07.94 to place 6th. Terez Wycklendt ended up 5th overall with a personal record 1:06.13. Those are the kind of results we were hoping for from our 400m stars. Jared Aguilar hasn’t run a lot of 400 races other than the 4×400, but he made the most of his chance and was our first guy in with a fast 57.10. Liam Westhoff finished well and did a 58.12, and Ben Hughes struggled to a 59.32 and was done for the day. We need to get him healthy. The girls 4×100 team of Grace Zinkgraf, Jaimee Heckenkamp, Emma Taylor, and Shariah Hyler beat their seed time and were just a half second out of the medals with their 1:01 4th place showing. Then a DASH record 49.56 earned our boys team of Perryon Pierce, Jacob Parker, Noble Holmes, and Joshua Schaber a 5th place finish. The hurdles were out again, and Annmarie Bridge got through the 300 meters and 8 hurdles very well, but she pushed the 6th hurdle with her hands and got a DQ. Alivia Kempf placed 9th with her 57.81. Kevin Egan jumped over all 8 hurdles this time and hit the finish at 48.68, not far off the DASH record. That effort put Kevin 5th overall. Joshua Below is rounding into form now, cutting off over 2 seconds from his time last meet to place 8th with a 49.25. Ben Forget got the call for the first time in the 300 hurdles and posted a respectable 53.42. He will do them again. In the 800, Abby Chu got her time down to 2:46. Emma Taylor did not look confident while coming in just under 3:00. Alivia Kempf had the tough task of doing the 300 hurdles and 800 meters back to back. She hit the finish in 3:02. Respectable. Vincent Maurer set an 800 pr of 2:25. He paced ahead of Alexander Taylor who crossed the finish in 2:30. Caleb Schaber then put in a 1:02 first lap on his way to a personal record 2:09. He is getting very close to the DASH record now. In the 200, Rebecca Doak was our first runner in with a 30.59. Stephanie Chu was a few steps back at 31.70, and Jaimee Heckenkamp was clocked at 35.21. Joshua Schaber edged Noble Holmes with both boys setting personal records in the 25’s. Very nice. Then Briel Holmes was on the track lowering his own DASH record with a 24.16 for 5th place overall. He looked very strong. Drake Hacker was finally back running his favorite event, the 3200. Drake locked himself into 4th place early and pounded out the laps for an 11:07. Joshua LeSac pushed himself to an 11:39. The sun was now seen in the distance as the 4×400 teams got ready. We would not be getting wet today. Our girls were seeded 5th, but Terez Wycklendt put us in 4th place early with her 1:06 split. Then Abby Chu and Stephanie Chu kept the baton moving fast with sub 1:10 laps. Rebecca Doak got the baton with a comfortable lead over 5th place. 4th place would be ours with a nice 4:35 time. The boys race was very similar. Jared Aguilar put us in 4th with a great 56 second split. Then Liam Westhoff and Kevin Egan got the baton to Caleb Schaber with a comfortable lead over the 5th place King team. King got a little closer through the final lap, but we knew Caleb had another gear available if needed. Our 3:54 time gave us yet another 4th place finish, and another great day of DASH racing was in the books.

But of course we had done plenty of field events while the track was in use. Lake Holmes placed 5th in shot put with a 27’7″ throw. Rebecca Doak and Annika Lipski both hit outdoor personal record marks as our throwers continue to impress. Ben Forget led the way for the boys with a very nice 28’2″ effort, while Joshua Below gave us a 26’9″ personal best throw. In discus, Lake Holmes hit 78′. Grace Zinkgraf went past 66′ in her best result to date. Annika Lipski scratched her first two attempts and settled for a 39’8″. She has the coach’s attention. Of course I have another DASH record to report for Noble Holmes. His new discus personal best is 89’11”. Alexander Taylor had a respectable 59’3″ throw. In triple jump, Alexandria Sherman opened her season with a 28′ hop, skip, and jump. That put her 7th overall. Emma Taylor managed a 21’4″ when hopping off the correct line. Alexander Taylor went past 27′. Joshua Below was measured at 28’3″, and Liam Westhoff broke his own DASH record with a 35’9″. We still need to get the camera on Liam while he is recording such feats. Alexandria Sherman also placed 7th in the long jump after going past 13′. Stephanie Chu had a great personal record 12’9″ effort, and Shariah Hyler did an 11’4″ in her first try at long jump. Briel Holmes launched himself to the 18’11” mark this time. That was good for 5th place. Joshua Schaber went past 17’6″ which is an outdoor personal record for him. Noble Holmes gave us three jumpers over 17′ and was the top freshman in the event.

That was a lot of good results to report on once again. We are starting to get in peak form now, and the results are showing it. And we need to be peaking as we are already down to our last 4 weeks. Track season goes by so fast. The team will be splitting up next week. The girls and about a dozen boys will be at Kettle Moraine Lutheran next Thursday. Then on Friday about 18 varsity boys will be at the always exciting Pacer Relays. Another big week of racing is upon us. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to the coaching staff of Ed Beck, Chuck Maurer, and Garrett Missiaen for being on hand. Thanks to the folks at Sussex Hamilton for welcoming us with an invitation as I was scrambling to find us a meet for this week. Thanks to the official crew which included our favorite, John Miller. He is so nice, he actually apologized to me when he had to disqualify Annmarie from the hurdles. John also left our camera crew of Julianna Caspers and Grace Caspers plenty of leeway to find good spots to take the photos. A late-arriving Faith Caspers also helped out during the 4×400 and post-race photos. Now we have a short break where we can reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made for all of us on the cross, and also upon his victory over death on Easter.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The 2019 DASH middle school track and field team got their season started at Arrowhead High School last Monday in the first of their All-Comers Meets. The weather was nice for the field events, but then turned much cooler with a steady wind in your face as the athletes hit the finish line. The athletes could do as many individual events as they wished to try, but this time relays were cut out to save time. Below is a rundown of some of the highlights of the day. All places are for the athletes grade level, 2nd-8th.

Field events went first. In the long jump, Micah Chan placed 2nd after launching himself 13’8″. That was a big pr. Drew Pflederer looked good while landing an 11’10”. Abiah Radtke also went past 11′. Leah Parker placed 4th with a 6′ jump and Alexa Bruton landed 8’4″ for 5th. In the big 5th grade division, Cassie Klepp won by over a foot with her 12’3″. Bedalia Radtke got the 3rd place ribbon while making it past 10′. Mary Claire Egan jumped a very nice 10’8″, and Julianna Caspers made it to 9’8″. Madelyn Zielinski’s jump of 10’5″ was measured a half inch father than Callie Klepp’s, and Joy Rasch won the 8th grade division with a 9’6″. Our discus throwers did very well. Jonathan Lipski won the 6th grade division, and Elijah Peters was tops in 7th grade. We put 5 in the top 10 for 8th grade. Joshua Lipski threw an impressive 84’6″ for the win. Abiah Radtke, Micah Chan, and Andy Forget all passed the 50′ mark. For the girls, Chloe Thompson hit 55’5″ to easily win the 5th grade division. 6th grade Grace Caspers won by over 9 feet with a 49’10”, and Jenna Walters went past 40′ for 3rd. In the shot put, Elijah Peters got the 8 pounder out 28’1′ for another victory. Joshua Lipski hit 28′ for 5th, Andy Forget 25′ for 6th, and Anthony Gotcher 17′ for 8th. The girls also showed off their strength. Grace Caspers and Angela Walters placed 1-2 with nice 21′ throws. Asalia White-Williams and Jenna Walters placed 4th. I may have to get some javelins so we can get more experience throwing them. Despite no practice, Chloe Thompson and Simon Smrecek stepped up and won their age divisions.

The hurdles were on the track as the running events started with the DASH athletes all choosing the lanes where 10 hurdles were set up. I liked that. Our 5th grade girls went 1-2-3. Cassie Klepp led the way with a blazing 21.06 time. Chloe Thompson and Bedalia Radtke finished right behind. Mary Claire Egan took 2nd in 6th grade with a fast 22.80. Simon Smrecek was the first 6th grader in, and Andy Forget won the 8th grade division with an impressive 18.66. Andrew Egan, Abiah Radtke, and Micah Chan gave us 4 of the top 5. Then Abiah, Micah, and Andy were back for the 1600. Abiah won the second heat and placed 4th overall with a 6:10. Micah Chan looked great while posting a 6:27 in his first try at the event. Andy Forget showed potential before settling for a 6:50. Noah Caspers set a personal record 7:26 to place 2nd among the 3rd graders. We had ten girls all race in the 3rd heat. I was surprised we had so many. Chloe Thompson went out fast and toughed out the last couple laps to be our first girl in with a 7:12. Julianna Caspers moved up late to finish a second behind her and won the 6th grade race. Then Bedalia Radtke charged in with Callie Klepp. Both girls were timed at 7:22 and took 4th. Angela Walters, Mary LeSac, and Joy Rasch were out next girls in, followed by Grace Caspers, Jenna Walters, and Alexa Bruton. There was a lot of DASH action in that 1600 heat. In the 100, 3rd grade Charline Radtke showed off her speed with a big 17.61 win. 4th grade Abby Manley broke 20 seconds, and Hailey Grant broke 19. 7th graders Natalie Radtke did a 15.97 to place 3rd, just ahead of Asalia White-Williams and Madelyn Zielinski. Cassie Klepp had the fastest time of the day for our girls – 15.83. That won her a 1st place ribbon. Andrew Egan did 100 meters in 15.00, Elijah Peters placed 4th with a nice 15.03, and James Manley and Drew Pflederer got identical 16.21 times. No 7th grader was better than Aizak Schoeder’s 14.05. In the 400, Leah Parker got the win with an unexpectedly fast 1:38. Chloe Thompson was 5th with a 1:26, Natalie Radtke broke 1:20 and placed 3rd, and Jenna Walters won the 8th grade division. We had 4 of the top 8 in the 8th grade boys division. Micah Chan was clocked in 1:15. Abiah Radtke, Andy Forget, and Joshua Lipski came in right after Micah. And we had 3 of the top 6 boys in the 7th grade division. Elijah Peters did a 1:20, James Manley did a nice 1:16, and Aizak Schoeder impressed again with his 1:05 for another win. In the 800, 8th graders Joy Rasch and Jenna Walters went 1-2, 6th graders Angela Walters, Mary Lesac, and Grace Caspers went 2-3-4, and 5th grader Bedalia Radtke took 2nd with a 3:29. 8th grader Abiah Radtke edged Micah Chan to place 3rd, with Joshua Lipski close behind in 5th. In the 200, Charline Radtke did a 37.63 to win the top 3rd grade ribbon. That is really fast. Asalia White-Williams and Natalie Radtke were the top 7th graders, both clocking in with 33’s. Ephraim Radtke easily won the 1st place 2nd grade ribbon with his 37.76, and Abiah Radtke, Micah Chan, and Andy Forget went 2-3-4, all with times in the 32’s.

We logged lots of individual times which overall were pretty good despite the cold weather. Many of the athletes were running in their sweats. This years team looks to be another good one. That will make 14 in a row. Now we have two weeks to practice and then we will be back again for the next All Comers Meet. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Clint Klepp for his help with the coaching. Thanks to Mrs. Chan and Mrs. Radtke for their help at the table. Special thanks to Annika Lipski who helped out with the discus, and then got in plenty of 100 meter intervals running back and forth delivering heat cards to the timing area. Well done. It was cold for the camera crew, and then it got dark. Thanks go out to Zipporah Caspers, and also Natalie Radtke, Julianna Caspers, and Noah Caspers who all took a turn with the camera. The photos I posted are pretty good. Unfortunately darkness made the photos from the 400, 800, and 200 heats not turn out. Now on to the rest of this busy week.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The 2019 DASH high school track and field team got its outdoor season started as planned at Kenosha Tremper high school yesterday in the Lancer Invite hosted by Kenosha St Joseph’s. The track does not show up on Google Maps. It is 9-lanes and brand new. This would be the first time it was ever used for a meet! And it felt so good to be able see our full team in action, and competing in nice weather, at such an early date this year. Finally the disastrous weather that left us with so few meets last year seems like a distant memory. We need an early meet like this with no roster limitations per event to get lots of times and marks for each athlete. We left having a much better feel for the abilities of each athlete. And now the coach has a better feel on how to meld everyone’s talents together to field our best team in the big meets ahead.

Now for a rundown on the running events. The boys 4×800 team of Liam Westhoff, Joshua LeSac, Vincent Maurer, and Caleb Schaber came through with our first win of the day, and they did it convincingly, hitting the finish 38 seconds ahead of second. The girls 4×800 team of Emma Taylor, Katrina Lipski, Alivia Kempf, and Abby Chu kept it close, but settled for 2nd, 9 seconds back. Then the 100 hurdles were out, and Grace Zinkgraf burst out of the blocks, took the lead, and was nearly flawless to the finish. Grace’s winning time of 19.89 breaks her own DASH record. For the boys in the 110 hurdles, freshman Noble Holmes proved to be as good as advertised, coming through with another DASH record with his 20.11 time. Joshua Below finished right behind Noble with a personal record 20.24 despite being elbowed by the hurdler next to him. In the 100 meters, Annika Lipski posted a pr time of 18.09. Mary Katherine Sanchez was just a half-step behind with a 18.25. Freshman star Terez Wycklendt was saved for the final heat and won the 3rd place medal with her fast 14.13. Now we will work on getting her to use a starting block. For the boys, Luke Smrecek ran about his same usual time as last year. I may push him out longer. We had four in the next heat with freshman Perryon Pierce coming out ahead with an impressive 12.72 for 8th overall. Kennard Taylor did well and posted a 13.58, just ahead of Nathan Forget. Jerimiah Maxie strided in next clocking in at 13.84. In the next heat, Jared Aguilar was in the high 12’s, with Ben Hughes following with a 13.32, followed by Parker Lentz’s 13.61. In the last heat Briel Holmes was one of five guys that separated themselves from everyone else. Just .17 seconds separated them all. Briel’s 12.17 put him 4th overall, just .01 behind 3rd. Freshman Alexander Taylor posted a nice 5:24 time over 1600 meters. Only in the Wisco Mile last year was he ever better. Matthew Schaber lowered his pr by 35 seconds with his 5:59. He is really coming on now. We had to put together a last-minute girls 4×200 team. Grace Zinkgraf, Emma Taylor, Alivia Kempf, and Stephanie Chu stayed close to 2nd, but settled for 4th. We had two boys 4×200 teams. The coach liked Ben Forget, Matthew Hein, Nathan Forget, and Joshua Below’s 1:50 time. Our ‘A’ team of Jared Aguilar, Kevin Egan, Joshua Schaber, and Briel Holmes did the two laps in 1:43 for the 3rd place medals, and also laid claim to the DASH record. In the 400, Katrina Lipski got the team 2 points with her 7th place finish. Abby Chu earned the 3rd place medal with her personal record 1:11. Terez Wycklendt was in a class by herself, coming in for a big victory in 1:08.18. Ben Hughes was our only guy who made the start. Ben had been sick the last week and missed the last meet, but he still found the energy to post a 58.15. I liked that. With the teams plethora of sprinters, the boys ran two 4×100 teams, although I purposely made them rather close. The team I labeled ‘B’ of Kennard Taylor, Jacarie Rucker, Jerimiah Maxie, and Perryon Pierce bested St Joseph’s ‘B’ team. The team I labeled ‘A’ of Noble Holmes, Nathan Forget, Parker Lentz, and Joshua Schaber ran very well, had good handoffs, and eked out another DASH record with a 50.23. With our team speed, I expect that record to come down much more before the season is done. In the 300 hurdles, Alivia Kempf breezed to an easy victory despite her first hurdle being set 3 inches high. We had 4 boys in the same 300 hurdle heat. Matthew Hein showed his natural jumping ability with a nice 57.68 time in his first try at the event. Ben Forget posted a 54.28, good for 4th overall in his first try at the event. Joshua Below got through the 8 hurdles in 51.49 to win the 3rd place medal. Kevin Egan was on pace to get that medal, but was DQ’d while trying to carry the last hurdle to the finish. Kevin will get another chance to improve his closing technique at the next meet.  We had 3 of the top 6 girls in the 800. Katrina had a great finish and was somewhat satisfied with her 6th place 3:36. Emma Taylor moved into top-3 medal position early and held off the girl behind her continuously to edge her by about half a second with a 2:55. Abby Chu got into the lead early and never let up to win by 1 1/2 seconds with a 2:51. The way the girls battled made it one of my favorite races of the day.  For the boys, Matthew Schaber was back setting personal records. His new standard for the 800 is 2:44. Vincent Maurer set his own pr with a 2:26. Vince is posting even better splits in the 4×800. He is really running well. Alexander Taylor did a 2:25. He has never been faster, and Caleb Schaber made it 4 for 4 for the boys in the personal record category. Caleb cruised to an 8 second victory with a 2:12. He is getting close to the DASH record now.  In the 200, Mary Katherine Sanchez jumped the gun and was DQ’d. Very unfortunate. Annika Lipski set a personal record 40.87. I will threaten her with a 3200 to help her break 40 soon. I am that mean. Stephanie Chu posted a 31.53. She did not get her usual great start, then she ran well.  For the boys, Matthew Hein’s 31.86 will have me keep him in the hurdles, his better event. In the next heat, Ben Forget got the win with a very nice 27.39. Jerimiah Maxie followed with a 28.56. In the next heat, Perryon Pierce pushed himself to a nice 26.19. Kennard Taylor looked good before coasting in with a 28.26. Then Joshua Schaber was pushed along to a personal record 26.37. I was liking those times, and then in the last heat, I had Briel Holmes’ time in the 24’s. And this time I actually got it right – 24.49 was Briel’s official DASH record setting time. Wow! Now I was loving our speed. Then we moved on to the slower, more methodical, but just as exciting 3200. Joshua LeSac was found in a battle for the 3rd place medal that stayed close until the very end. A Dominican kid would push ahead of Joshua early in a lap, and then Joshua would surge ahead. It went that way until about the 5th lap. Then Joshua controlled the pace, finally surging ahead of him in the last lap. It took 11:34 of hard work from Joshua to lay claim to that medal. That battle was super exciting to any true track aficionado. With no letup in excitement, we were on to the 4×400. We gave Terez Wycklendt with hopes of getting an early lead and she did not disappoint, but the Catholic Central team was staying close. Emma Taylor ran the second lap and gave us a pretty comfortable lead before getting the baton to Alivia Kempf. Alivia Kempf ran the same split as Emma, but Central’s 3rd runner was very good and the lead was now only a few seconds. Stephanie Chu ran the anchor lap and kept that 3-second lead to the finish. The girls posted a very nice early season time of 4:43. For the boys, Jared Aguilar ran the first lap in 58 seconds, but so did the St Joseph athlete. We were to have a race. Liam Westhoff got the baton to the half way point in 1:55, but that was not good enough for the lead. Kevin Egan took his turn, but the St Joseph boys were showing some mettle, and Kevin was not able to make any headway into their lead. Caleb Schaber was our last chance. As it turned out, St Joseph ran their weaker runner last. Caleb got the lead on the back stretch and cruised to victory. We won by over 6 seconds in the end, but it was way more interesting than that. It is always a great day when we can leave with girls and boys 4×400 victories, so a great day of running it was.

Field events were also held, but the quick pace of the meet gave the athletes trouble squeezing them in, and left me with seeing almost none of them. In the high jump, Emma Taylor got over 3’8″, and Alivia Kempf made 4’0″. In discus, Mary Katherine Sanchez threw 28′ in her first try at the event. Katrina Lipski hit 40′, Grace Zinkgraf threw it past 62′ for 4th place, and Lake Holmes won the 3rd place medal with a 75′ throw.  Luke Smrecek had a nice 50′ throw, Alexander Taylor went past 60′, Jacarie Rucker’s was measured at 67’11”, and Noble Holmes now holds the DASH high school discus record as well as the middle school record. The new high school standard is 84’3″. Noble is amazing. In the shot put, Mary Katherine Sanchez got a new personal record. Katrina Lipski gave the team another 3 points with her 18′ throw.  Annika Lipski hit 20’8″, and Lake Holmes hit the medal stand, breaking her own DASH record, with a 29’02.75″ effort. The photos of Lake throwing turned out very good.  Luke Smrecek threw the 12 lb. shot 18′, Nathan Forget hit 24’9″. Ben Forget finally got to throw and did well hitting 26′. Jacarie Rucker was our best at 28′. In the long jump, Grace Zinkgraf and Stephanie Chu landed just short of 12′. Joshua Schaber did a 15’4″ jumping off the wrong foot. Noble Holmes launched himself 15’10”, and Briel Holmes tied the outdoor DASH record with an 18’02”, winning the meet by .75 inch. Nice. In triple jump, Joshua Below struggled to a 27’9″. Kennard Taylor hit 28’3″ in his first try at the event. I really like Freshman Matthew Hein in this event, and he did well with a 29’6″. Alexander Taylor was measured at an inch past Matthew. Liam Westhoff hopped, skipped, and jumped 35’01.5″. That’s more than a foot better than his old personal record. Liam will take home the 3rd place medal for his memorable jump, and get his name posted as the DASH record holder in the event. I was expressing my need for triple jumpers last year. Liam answered the call. The rest is history. That makes 8 DASH records total in the meet report, in case you weren’t counting.

It was nice having a meet where everyone could participate if they were available, although that does make the meet reports a little long. The next three meets we will be breaking the team down into varsity/JV.  With so many boys this year, and so many good ones, it is going to be hard to leave some worthy athletes off the varsity team, but on the other hand those are the kind of problems that you hope to have.  The biggest negative for me was missing out witnessing most of the DASH records set in the field events. I hope asking the athletes to break them again with the camera on hand is not too much to ask.

Thanks to Ed Beck who helped out running the jumping pits, and helped our athletes get their starting marks. Thanks to Chuck Mauer and Greg Kempf for their coaching assistance as well. Thanks to Kenosha St Joseph folks for hosting, and for letting us in on running on the brand new track. Thanks to all those that made the trek down to Kenosha to compete and to be DASH fans. Nobody had our numbers outside of the host team.  I brought three photographers with me, but Faith Caspers ended up taking all the photos at the meet, with Grace Caspers finally getting camera duties at Culver’s. You can thank the photographers for getting some very nice photos once again. Now we turn our attention to the varsity meet at Sussex Hamilton, another new meet for us. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school boys track and field team opened up their 2019 season last Wednesday with their annual indoor meet at Waukesha South High School. Our boys team is very big this year, and we would only get to see about 60% of the team in action. But after a month of practicing, it was good to see some of our boys out there running, jumping, and throwing against some stiff competition.

The field events got the day started. With only cold March practices behind them, we would see if our throwers and jumpers were ready. In the high jump and without any practice, Noble Holmes let his natural athletic ability get him over 5′. He looked good. In the shot put, senior Carter Lentz gave us a personal best 27’7″. Freshman Nathan Forget handled the 12 lb. shot well, throwing it 24’6″. In the triple jump, Alexander Taylor landed just short of 30′ in his first try at the event. Liam Westhoff looked very good while setting a new indoor DASH record of 33’10”. He now has the outdoor record in his sights. In the long jump, Joshua Schaber launched himself 17’10” before landing for a personal best. Briel Holmes just missed breaking the DASH record last year. This year, on just his second attempt he became the first DASH athlete to go past 19′. And then with plenty of DASH fans gathered around, Briel almost jumped out of the sand pit. His epic jump measured out at over 20′! Yes, you read that right. The field events are going to be fun to watch this year.

The boys have a good balance of sprinters and distance runners, and plenty of each. Forming good relay teams is almost too easy. The 4×800 team was first to race around with a baton in hand. Liam Westhoff put us in good position through the first 5 laps. Then Joshua LeSac, Jacob Parker, and Vincent Maurer kept the fast laps coming. The boys would place 3rd overall with a DASH indoor record 9:49. We have an impressive slate of high hurdlers this year and they all went head to head in the 4th heat. Noble Holmes hit the finish first with a 10.15. Carter Lentz and Joshua Below finished just a few tenths of a second behind, with all three boys getting under the DASH record. Very nice. Parker Lentz and Nathan Forget both blazed through the 60 yard race in under 8 seconds. Caleb Schaber won the mile by over 10 seconds with his 5:03 leaving no doubt who the best distance runner in the building was. Alexander Taylor was up by Caleb for awhile before settling for 5th place with a 5:31. The 4×240 relay team won their heat and placed 4th overall. Jared Aguilar got the boys into the lead which Parker Lentz, Kevin Egan, and Briel Holmes only increased. The boys clocked in with a 2:15 which lowered the DASH record by over 2 seconds. Most impressive. In the 400, Kyle Schlegel ran in his first high school race and posted a 1:12. Jacob Parker and Joshua Below raced in the next heat with Jacob posting a nice 1:02. Joshua fell back early but then finished with a 1:05. The 4×160 relay team of Noble Holmes, Nathan Forget, Joshua Schaber, and Briel Holmes weathered some heavy traffic in the exchange zones while working their way to a new DASH record 1:28. Breaking indoor relay records had become a trend. In the 60 yard intermediate hurdles, Joshua Below and Ben Forget both got through every obstacle put in their way and hit the finish in under 11 seconds. Vincent Maurer was back running an 800, but his time was over 10 seconds slower than his relay split. Distance running isn’t easy this early in the season. Matthew Schaber lowered his personal best 800 time considerably with his 2:49. His improvement over the last two years is immense. In the 200, Kyle Schlegel did the 1+ laps in 32 seconds. Joshua Schaber won his heat with a 27.85, just off his own DASH record. Ben Forget did not let the sharp turns slow him down as he put himself right behind Joshua on the all-time 220 yard indoor list with his impressive 28.01. Ben’s hard work is paying off. Joshua LeSac had already logged 5 laps earlier in the 4×800. Now he was back ready for the DASH fans to cheer him on for 20 more in the 2 mile race. Joshua ran the first mile like clockwork in 5:55, and then really kicked it in over the final 3 laps to claim 3rd overall with, of course, a new DASH indoor record time of 11:55. The building was pretty cleared out as we hit the 4×400, with the exception of a good number of DASH fans who stayed to see what proved to be maybe the most exciting race of the day. Jared Aguilar fell behind through his first lap and a half, but then closed the gap over his last lap and got the baton to Liam Westhoff in 2nd place. Liam put some space between the 2 teams behind him and closed the gap on the Franklin team with his blazing 59 second split. Kevin Egan then put us in the lead through his first lap, but the Grafton team was running very well and had taken over the lead as Kevin got the baton to our anchor, Caleb Schaber. Then through Caleb’s first lap, the Mukwonago team surged past us, but Caleb stayed patient and was within striking distance with a lap to go. It was now a close 3-team race. The Mukwonago team faded through the last lap while Caleb was only getting faster, his gaze fixed on the Grafton team still ahead. Both hit the home stretch side by side. The crowd was up. The crowd was loud. And then the crowd saw Caleb find one more gear. Caleb had proved the stronger, hitting the finish line just a few tenths of a second ahead of the Grafton team. The boys got the win, and it took a new DASH indoor record 4:01.04 to do it. We all exhaled, and put another great day of DASH racing in the books!

Thanks to Coach Beck for his assistance with coaching and helping out with the jumpers. Thanks to Joshua Roets for his help getting Noble ready to high jump. Thanks to all the DASH fans for their support, and for their help in getting the athletes to the meet. Thanks to the coaches at Waukesha South for being so gracious and accommodating to us every year. Thanks to the camera crew of Grace Caspers, Julianna Caspers, and Faith Caspers. The photos were pretty good this time in the very tough indoor conditions. We now head to our outdoor schedule, and it starts tomorrow. I have 35 athletes signed up. I hope to see you there – in Kenosha.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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