DASH Middle School Track 2019 Milwaukee Invitational Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The 2019 edition of the DASH track and field middle school team has been practicing and competing for the last 2 1/2 months, trying to shave a few seconds off their times, and trying to add a few inches to their jumps and throws, all with the goal of peaking for their big end-of-the-season meet at Quad Park – The Milwaukee Metro Invitational. Seventeen of the biggest, and best private school teams in the area would be on hand, providing us with by far our toughest competition of the season. We arrived to humid, cloudy conditions with the grounds wet from some overnight rain. Just as things were drying up, some unexpected rain drenched us mostly during the 100 meter races, and then the sun came out drying us off, but also leaving us a little sunburned. The meet lasted about seven hours, giving the athletes plenty of time to compete in numerous events, and giving the coach plenty of action to report on.

The 1600 runners are first on the track at this meet. Julianna Caspers and Bedalia Radtke raced in the first combined 5th/6th grade heat. Julianna went out fast and got herself positioned comfortably in 3rd place early, a place she held to the end to claim our first medal of the day. Bedalia followed Julianna and paced behind her the whole way to take 4th overall, while posting a big personal best 6:46 to win the 5th grade division by 34 seconds! We were off to a great start. Joy Rasch then ran to a season best 7:21 to take 5th among the 8th graders. Josiah Chu and Noah Caspers raced in a very tough heat with Josiah taking 6th in 6:54, and Noah claiming the 8th place ribbon. Then the rain started. Nathanael Chu and Abiah Radtke jockeyed back and forth while getting a little wet, pushing each other to personal bests. Nathanael did four laps in 5:51 and won the 2nd place 7th grade medal. Abiah closed in 5:53 to get the 3rd place 8th grade medal. Those were very good results.  The rain was really coming down now and getting the 100 runners a bit wet and cold. Mary Therese Sanchez and Abby Manley were not able to post their fastest times. Alexa Bruton ran in the 18’s, and Anja Schoeder started her big day with a 17.86. Hailey Grant posted a nice 17.65 in the next heat, and then in the final heat Cassie Klepp put on a surge in the middle of the race to pull way ahead. Cassie posted a 14.57 time to win by almost a full second!  Mary Claire Egan came in in just under 18 seconds, Elise Husz hit 16.35, and Skyler Schlegel jumped through the finish line with a 15.44 and took 9th. All of our 7th graders raced each other in the final heat, and it was Madelyn Zielinski edging Asalia White Williams at the line with a 15.18 for 5th. The 7th grade race was so close that Asalia’s 15.22 had her in a tie for 8th, and Natalie got 13th. Connor Grant did a 22.77, Caleb Hagemann a 19.89, and Joseph Janes was a hundredth of a second faster than Simon Smrecek, clocking in at 17.74. James Manley did 100 meters in 16.21, and Elijah Peters powered his way to a nice 14.98. Aizak Schoeder impressed the coach with his 2nd place medal and personal record 13.37.  Anthony Gotcher did a 19.03, Stephen Janes crossed in 16.25, and Bennett Husz splashed to a 15.57. Micah Chan got in a bonus 100 race and had a very nice 14.73. Micah McKendrick battled to a 14.55 to place 11th.  In the drier, warmer 800, Chloe Thompson went out fast as usual, and toughed out a great 3:08 time to get the 3rd place medal. Bedalia Radtke eased through her first lap as usual, and then moved up late to get the 4th place ribbon with a 3:09. Alexa Bruton posted a 4:03. Julianna Caspers was not at her best, but held on to place 4th. Mary LeSac did two laps in 3:36, and Mary Claire Egan did it in 3:47. Joy Rasch raced very well to put claim to the 3rd place 8th grade medal, and Jenna Walters came in 5th. Josiah Chu gave a thumbs up to a 3:21 8th place finish. Noah Caspers managed a 3:42. Nathanael Chu needed a personal record 2:38 to hit the medal stand, staying .21 seconds ahead of the 4th place runner. I liked that. Abiah Radtke and Micah Chan went 5-6 among the 8th graders. Anthony Gotcher placed 11th.  In the 200, Mary Therese Sanchez posted a 41.55. Abby Manley went way under her old personal record while doing a 38.66. Hailey Grant raced in with a nice 37.94. Anja Schoeder won her heat with a 36.53. The coach liked that effort. Charline Radtke followed with a really fast 34.95 for 14th. 3rd graders are not supposed to run that fast. Bedalia Radtke filled in with a 34.16 for 9th overall. Our young girls were amazing. Mary Claire Egan did a 39.46 coming off her 800. Elise Husz did half a lap in 36.57 and called it a day. Skyler Schlegel was 19th with a 34.43, and Angela Walters won her heat with a personal record 32.13. Our 7th grade trio all made the final heat again, and the race was very close with all our girls getting pushed to personal records. Natalie Radtke was clocked in 31.86 for 9th. Madelyn Zielinski was 4th with a 31.03, .05 seconds ahead of 5th. Asalia did a 30.66 for 3rd, just .02 seconds behind 2nd. That was an exciting heat.  Ephraim Radtke won his heat with a very fast 36.48. Connor Grant did a personal best 41.80. Caleb Hagemann and Johnathan Lipski had times in the 40’s. Simon Smrecek did a 39.32, and Joseph Janes was clocked in 37.30. James Manley hit the finish in 32.83, and in the same heat Elijah Peters came through in 31.64. In the final 7th grade heat, Aizak Schoeder came in comfortably in 2nd place. I didn’t realize how fast Aizak had run until I saw the official results – 26.87. That time smashes a 10-year old DASH record. Wow!  Stephen Janes made it through in 34.57. Abiah Radtke picked up the pace late to post a 32.99. Bennett Husz got a personal record 31.48, and Micah McKendrick hit 29.43. Andrew Egan and Andy Forget raced side-by-side, pushing each other to personal bests. Andrew got 12th in 29.32; Andy was 11th with a nice 28.78.  It was now mid-afternoon. Time to ask for one more lap from the 400 runners. Mary Therese Sanchez had the energy to do her lap in 1:42; Alexa Bruton in 1:38. Abby Manley pushed herself to an impressive 1:34. I liked Abby’s day. Anja Schoeder lowered her pr by over four seconds with a 1:32. She is starting to like running fast. Chloe Thompson struggled to a 1:29 for 10th. Charline Radtke was 4th overall with a 1:20. Amazing as usual. Mary Claire Egan did yet another lap, this time in 1:38. Mary LeSac posted a 1:29, and Angela Walters was 5th overall with a very good 1:15. Jenna Walters did a 1:39 for 10th. Ephraim Radtke crossed the finish in 1:31, and Josiah Chu made it around in 1:25. Caleb Hagemann and Johnathan Lipski were in the 1:50’s. James Manley had a 1:15 personal record, and Nathanael Chu has a new pr of 1:10. Aizak Schoeder then blew away the competition with a relentless 59.63 effort!  I thought he may have broken another 10-year old DASH record, but this time he missed by a tenth of a second. That record will be watched closely next year. We had five 8th grade boys going at it in the same heat. Anthony Gotcher posted a 1:30. Stephen Janes and Micah Chan came in together with 1:17’s. Abiah Radtke made it in 1:13, and Micah McKendrick was our leader with a 1:10. Then in the next heat, Andy Forget was pushed to a personal record 1:07. That was a full day of individual racing.

But we also worked together as a team while running relays. In the Medley, the girls team of Cassie Klepp, Skyler Schlegel, Natalie Radtke, and Joy Rasch had a nice 5th place showing doing the 4 laps in 5:41. For the boys, Ephraim Radtke, Joseph Janes, and Elijah Peters kept it close enough for Micah Chan to move us up though his two laps to also take 5th with a 5:17. In the 4×400, our 5th grade team of Hailey Grant, Charline Radtke, Chloe Thompson, and Bedalia Radtke won the 2nd place medals for their 5:30 effort. Our 6th grade girls settled for 4th in a very close race. Elise Husz, Mary LeSac, Julianna Caspers, and Angela Walters combined for a 5:26. In a not very close 7th grade boys race we also won the 2nd place medals. Nathanael Chu, James Manley, Abiah Radtke, and Aizak Schoeder posted the 4th best time in DASH history – 4:38. Nice. Our 8th grade team also got in on the medals .Stephen Janes, Andy Forget, Bennett Husz, and Andrew Egan claimed 2nd place with a 4:52. The 4×100 closed out the big day of racing. Our 5th grade girls team of Charline Radtke, Bedalia Radtke, Cassie Klepp, and Chloe Thompson posted a nice 1:06 time that held up for 2nd. I have medals to hand out to hem. The 6th grade race was especially fast. Mary LeSac, Angela Walters, Julianna Caspers, and Skyler Schlegel did a 1:05 and had to settle for 6th. The 7th grade race was amazingly close with the 3rd through 7th place teams finishing within 1.4 seconds of each other. Our team of Natalie Radtke, Asalia White-Williams, Joy Rasch, and Madelyn Zielinski were in the mix with a 1:01. That was one of the best times in DASH history, but it only left us in 5th at this tough meet. Our 8th grade boys team of Andrew Egan, Bennett Husz, Andy Forget, and Micah McKendrick ran to an inspiring 57.37 time that won us the 3rd place medals. I did not see that coming. I was running and jumping across the field in excitement while watching the finish.

We got in a few field events as well. Asalia White-Williams had a nice 18’9″ throw in shot put. Angela Walters his 15’7″, and Grace Caspers put her crutches aside and threw 14’8″. Elijah Peters was 4th with his 28’11” effort. James Manley got his shot past the 18′ mark. Stephen Janes hit 21′, and Anthony Gotcher 16′ for the 8th grade boys. In softball throw, Hailey Grant did a 38′, and Anja Schoeder 37′. Chloe Thompson had her throw measured at 119′. That won the meet by over 16′, and that breaks the DASH record by 21′!  Mary LeSac had a nice 61′ throw in 6th grade. Noah Caspers got his softball to 46′. Simon Smrecek hit 65′, Johnathan Lipski 71′, and Joseph Janes had a nice 96′ throw. In discus, Natalie Radtke’s throw was measured at 34’2″, and Joy Rasch and Jenna Walters were both in the 43’s.  Johnathan Lipski got his discus past 42′ Elijah Peters hit 67’11.5″ to win the 2nd place 7th grade medal. Very nice. Andy Forget placed 6th in 8th grade with his 80’8″ throw.  The 5th and 7th grade girl long jump results were ruined in the rain. Very disappointing.  In 6th grade, Mary Claire Egan took 9th with a 10’8″. Julianna Caspers and Elise Husz went past 9′, and Mary LeSac did a 8’8″. Josiah Chu was measured at 9’5″. Caleb Hagemann did a 7’6″, and Simon Smrecek got out 8’11”. Nathanael Chu was in the 9’s, Abiah Radtke hit 11′, Bennett Husz 11’11”, and Micah Chan placed 7th with a 13’00” effort.

It was a big meet report for a very big meet. The team did so well that I wanted to cover everything. Looking at the grade level team scores, our 5th grade girls took 1st place, and that was without tabulating in the long jump results where we usually do very well. Our 7th grade boys were 2nd. Overall, we certainly left feeling we were one of the best teams competing. We wouldn’t want to have seven hour meets every week, but finishing up and competing at a high level at a big meet like this seems like a good fit. Thanks to all the parents who got the athletes to the meet ready to compete, and then transformed themselves into some great DASH fans. Thanks to our volunteers in the long jump pit. We had Mr. Beck, Mr. Radtke, Mrs. Radtke, Faith Caspers, and Stephanie Chu helping out. Thanks again to Mr. Radtke for putting up his tent by the long jump pit as the rains came down to help keep things, including the clipboard with the results, dry. Thanks to Mr. Beck and Mr. Klepp for their help with the coaching. Thanks to the camera lady, with help from Faith Caspers, for taking some great photos in tough conditions. They didn’t miss much. Thanks to the Marquette High School track team staff for their help in running such a big meet so smoothly. Thanks to David Gilmore from the St. Joseph team for the work he puts in, and for his annual invitation. We now have another DASH track season in the books. That makes 14 seasons in all now. We have fielded strong teams every year, but I think this year will go down as one of our best. It was fun. Now, as track season comes to a close, we will slowly start changing gears and preparing for cross country season. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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