DASH Middle School Track 4-15-2019 All Comers Meet Report

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

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