DASH High School Cross Country 2019 St John’s NW Military Academy Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school cross country team arrived at St. John’s NW Military Academy yesterday ready to compete under cool and dry conditions for the first time this year. The course was mostly on the golf course behind the school, and it would be running fast with plenty of long straightaways involved. We would be one of seven teams on hand to enjoy the day of racing with the hope of posting some really nice times.

Our JV boys and girls lined up first at 4 PM. Joshua Lipski got into a fast pace early and never let up. His time of 22:07 shows you how good he is running, and he was rewarded with the 9th place medal. Cam Partenfelder also dipped into the 22’s for the first time. He is improving quickly each week and looked very good at the end. Stephen Janes cut over 3 minutes off of his pr. He ran with confidence and I am sure he was happy with his 24:12. Nolan Foster’s fan club, of which I am a member, helped keep him going and finish in 25:28. He also lowered his personal record by over 3 minutes. These boys were exceptional and are posting times much closer to our varsity runners now.

Naomi Zhou got off to a much better start and that helped her to a very nice season best 33:09. She will be showing off a nice 9th place medal. Jenna Walters was given the 11th place medal after her super close finish with a Messmer girl, but PTTiming had her taking 10th by .3 seconds. She knows which shoe to put her timing chip on!  Emily Janes had some good moments and some walking moments, but is making progress. Her new personal best is 41:17, a time asking to be lowered some more.

Our girls were the favorites in the girls varsity race, but surprisingly we ended up fielding the only full team. In such a small race, the girls would have to push themselves to fast times. Stephanie Chu and Terez Wycklendt did just that as they raced into the lead right at the start and paced side by side for over 2 miles before the healthier Stephanie pulled a bit ahead to win in 21:31. Terez cruised in right after with a personal record 21:42. Her legs felt good after that effort, so the coach could exhale and start getting excited about the races ahead. Joy Rasch found this course to her liking and took off during the first mile. Joy stayed strong all the way in and was clocked in just 24:17. She is peaking at the right time and was the topic of a lot of the conversations after the race. Emma Taylor was pushed along by Joy and was happy that she once again set a personal best time on another course. She did a 24:29 for 6th overall. Ella Johnson gave us 5 of the top 7 with her season best time of 25:27. She looks primed for a great finish to her senior season. I wanted a 6th girl on the varsity team to give us some insurance against any mishap, and Eva Foster answered the call. She did a personal record 30:39 and goes home with the 15th place medal. Nice.

The varsity boys would have much more competition as four full teams were lined up at the start. Caleb Schaber was seen pacing in 2nd place, well ahead of 3rd, for pretty much the whole way. Then Caleb took off down the home stretch to try to get the win, but came in just .1 second back. So, so close! Caleb’s time was his best yet – 17:41. We will need him to continue posting times like that. Kaden Hacker is running amazingly well right now. He always seems to be moving up during a race, and this time he moved up all the way to 5th place while logging a big personal record of 18:20. Wow! Alexander Taylor is still trying to shake a cold, but toughed out a much needed 11th place effort with a 19:09. Abiah Radtke had a breakout race and gave us a 4th runner under 20 minutes for the first time this year. Abiah was the top freshman and his 19:40 gave him claim to the 15th and last medal. The always steady Matthew Schaber noticeably got out faster and then kept up the quicker pace while posting a personal best 20:28 time. He was followed by Jacob Parker who raced in with a season best 20:31. The boys really had a big day. Micah Chan settled for his 5th straight time in the 22’s. He was our third runner in last week, so he was looking for a little better time on this fast course. Next week it may happen.

It is always fun getting fast times on a fast course in nice weather. With all the beautiful days we’ve had the last month it is about time we had a meet on one of them. The small meet was refreshing coming off of a few big meets. The boys ended up 2nd in the team scores, and the girls dominated while winning by default. The scouting report shows us in some really tight team battles next week at Armstrong Park so we will need to be ready to run like this again. If we do, the pizza will taste all the better at the apres-race party. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Ed Back for getting the mile splits to the athletes and his help with the coaching. Thanks to the camera lady, who was given a hand (alas, but one) by Julianna Caspers, for passing out the timing chips. Thanks to the SJNMA crew for inviting us and letting us run on their well-groomed course. Thanks to Grace Caspers and the camera lady for getting the photos. They got better as the meet went on. Now we move on to October excitement!

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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