DASH Middle School Cross Country 2019 Griffin Invite Meet Report

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school team set up camp at Concordia University yesterday to race in the Griffin Invite, hosted by the Washington County Homeschool and Ozaukee Christian teams. The sun was out and the winds were calm. It ended up being much warmer than expected, and the lake views of the course were stunning. We were one of 15 teams on hand to soak up the views and race the 3000 meter course.

Our 6th and under girls lined up in box 3 for surprisingly the smallest race of the day. Bedalia Radtke cruised through the course in 14:13 to place 8th overall. She ran 15 seconds behind 7th and well ahead of 9th and never really had to push herself too hard, although I would have liked her to. Maryana Anderson stayed steady through her longest course to date, and hit the finish in 12th place with a 15:07. She looked good at the end when she was pushed. Charline Radtke got out OK, but then did not have her best this time out. She ended up winning the 16th place ribbon with a 15:45. Andrea Chu handled the 3k distance pretty well and placed 24th. Hellena Hacker sped up at the finish to claim the last top-25 ribbon. Her 16:49 time showed she struggled some. Talia Kostrzewa looked good out there running with the bigger girls. She just missed a ribbon with her 27th place finish. Rhapsody Kostrzewa seemed to be having some issues with her clothes and never could get up to top speed this time. I don’t think the distance bothered her which is encouraging. Overall the girls were a close third, 11 points behind both teams in front of us. I think if we had run our best we would have been right up there with the leaders. It was not our day.

The big race of the day was the 6th and under boys, with 70 athletes lined up. Seka Kostrzewa went out with the leaders as usual, but the field turned out to be very tough, and Seka held on for a 10th place finish with a 12:32. That put him on the medal stand. Andrew Anderson paced with Josiah Chu through the first mile, but then made a big move down the back stretch and was seen coming back pacing right behind Seka. Andrew ended up 11th, and his time of 12:35 was fantastic. Expect him to be on the medal stand soon, possibly later this week. Josiah Chu gave us a third runner in the top 15 with his gutsy 13:00 effort. Ephraim Radtke came in fast and put claim to the last ribbon with his 25th place effort. The boys were really posting some great times.(Compare Ephraim’s 13:49 with our girls). Noah Caspers paced himself well and was able to push up the score on all but two teams as our 5th. He took 41st with a 14:47. The boys ended up 2nd overall, 18 points ahead of 3rd. Just the one big public school team on hand was ahead of us. The boys really ran well.

The bigger than expected 7th and 8th grade girls race was next, and it ended up being especially competitive. Angela Walters got into a quick pace through the first mile, and then gave great effort through the back half to take 12th overall with a very nice 13:50 time. She even collapsed at the end to make sure we knew how hard she ran. Julia Kowalinski cruised through the picturesque course in 14:26. That put her in 17th place as she continues to run well. Grace Caspers had a much better day and got through the course in 14:47 for 21st. We needed her to stay closer to Julia and she got the job done. Mary LeSac had her best race of the year as she won the 24th place ribbon with a 15:01. The times were great. Mary Claire Egan has been practicing really well and she almost has the confidence now to keep running. She was caught walking near the end, but then she took off and had a great finish to move up to 34th. She is very close to a very big race. Natalie Radtke had a good first mile, but then slowed over the back stretch. She had an 18:46. In the team scores, the girls ended up 4th in a very tough race. We have no regrets as our four scorers all had very good times and did not have much left when they finished. Well done.

We only had two in the 7th and 8th grade boys race, but they came up big. Nathanael Chu moved up to 3rd through the first mile, and then almost moved up another spot before the end. Nathanael clocked in with a blistering 11:58. Wow! Erik Anderson ran in a big pack behind Nathanael before hitting the back stretch. When he emerged coming out of the woods on the way back, we saw him pacing behind Nathanael with no one all that close behind him. What a back loop! Erik hit the finish in 12:05 to put his claim on the 4th place medal. These guys look ready for some championship racing for sure.

Thanks to Concordia University for setting up the course. Thanks to WCHSA for inviting us to race. Thanks to Grace Caspers and Julianna Caspers for passing out the bib numbers. Thanks to all the parents who made the drive, found the course, and helped get everyone shoes tied. Thanks to Jodi LeSac who was our photographer. She got us some very nice photos you will want to check out. Now our thoughts move ahead to Saturday’s big Homeschool Championship race in Jackson. With the whole team is on the schedule it is going to be so much fun. Everyone stay healthy and stay fast until then.

Take care,
Jim Caspers




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