DASH Middle School Cross Country 2019 Kettle Moraine Lutheran Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school cross country team was up at Kettle Moraine Lutheran a week later than planned, but it was worth the wait as the weather was perfect and the course mostly dry. Many teams could not fit the rescheduled date into their schedule, so the meet would be much smaller this year. But after some of us did some raspberry picking, we got ready to race the other 19 teams on hand, and then we had our usual big contingent staying for the fun run at the end. The daylight was dwindling as the big day of racing ended.

The 2500 meter Open JV girls race was first. Maryana Anderson got off to a descent start, but then after coming up the big hill she moved ahead of a whole pack of girls to finish 7th overall. That was impressive. Andrea Chu ran a smart, steady race to take 29th out of the 93 racers. Talia Kostrzewa made a big move up the hill on the back stretch of the soccer field and came in just 9 seconds behind Andrea. She looked good. Mary Claire Egan needed some coaxing to keep going, but was next runner in after Talia and gave us a fourth girl in the top 34. Natalie Radtke ran well again and gave the girls enough runners to get a team score. They placed 3rd. Very well done.

We only ran four in the Open JV boys race so they would be running for good individual results. Seka Kostrzewa went out with the leaders and stayed top-5 the whole way thus assuring himself a top-5 medal. Ephraim Radtke took off over the last loop and cracked the top 10. I really like his 10:54 2500 meter time. Martin Wichgers was 30th out of 85 as he continues to impress. He is one to watch. George Wichgers paced out a little slow, but showed us some speed as he passed a few before the finish.

The varsity girls were next up running the longer 2 mile course. Bedalia Radtke was our first runner in. She paced behind Angela Walters most of the way and then picked it up at the end displaying some big kick down the last hill to claim the 8th place medal with a 14:54 time. Angela Walters paced near the front once again and gave us a nice 13th place finish. She has really stepped it up over the last few weeks. Julia Kowalinski never faltered as she got through the course in 15:36. She gave us a much needed 17th place finish. Charline Radtke burst off the line and paced the girls through the first loop before settling into a steady pace to come in right after Julia. Four in the top 18 was nice. Grace Caspers was our final scorer. She worked hard for her 30th place finish and clocked in at 16:19. Mary LeSac held down her spot and was the next runner in behind Grace with a 16:42. Hellena Hacker stayed steady and kept Mary in her sights and hit the finish in 16:54. It was a very good effort from the girls in their first long race of the season.

It was already about 5:30 when the varsity boys race got going. Nathanael Chu led the way for us as usual and battled his way to an 8th place finish just behind a good St Lucas athlete. Erik Anderson showed us some real racing skills over the last tough loop around the soccer field. By the time he was done he had maneuvered his way up into 10th place. He would collect his top-10 medal later during the medal ceremony. What an effort from Erik! Andrew Anderson got his first taste of 2 mile racing and came through with a fast 14:07. He only seemed to get faster through the course. Josiah Chu paced with Andrew the whole way and finished just 2 spots behind him in 32nd. I liked the way Andrew and Josiah were pushing each other. Charlie Johnson went out fast and stayed tough down the stretch to crack the top 40 and get under the 15 minute mark. Noah Caspers gave us a 6th by choosing the longer race. He ran very well and pushed the team score up on a team ahead of us and three more behind. That’s what good teams do.

We had our usual big group on the line for the start of the fun run, many who would be running barefoot. Abiah Radtke was 2nd overall in the 2 mile race.  Ephraim Radtke and Noah Caspers led the DASH team in the 1.5 mile race.  Charlie Johnson tried to scare a dirty looking Mary LeSac and a coat toting Andrew Anderson around the course.  Jenna Walters paced around some of my middle school stars and was our first high school girl in.  We had some future stars showing off their paces.  I took notice of some little Anderson, Johnson, and Radtke boys with a lot of talent. Angela Walters and Maryana Anderson showed off some fast finishing kicks for an encore.  Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. LeSac, and Mrs. Anderson got in some good training for their November 5k they are competing in at Greenfield Park.  And Andrew Anderson even found a softball. It looked like so much fun. It is too bad I got stuck behind the camera this year.

The varsity girls won the 3rd place medals and the varsity boys were 4th, missing 3rd by one point to St Lucas. There are too many ways we could have taken 3rd so I won’t go over them all. Very close. It was a good effort once again from this team, and we will get to see them again soon as they have their last two meets coming up next week.  I am looking forward to them.

Thanks to Mrs. Egan and Grace Caspers for their help in passing out and collecting the timing chips. Everything went smooth. Thanks to Mr. Beck for his coaching assistance. Many thanks to Mrs. LeSac for inviting us to join us for some berry picking before the meet. She also helped take down the team tent and she even helped out the camera lady taking photos. Thanks to the camera lady for helping get another big set of photos, and you can thank me for the photos of the fun run.  Now we turn our attention to our Monday meet at Concordia. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers




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