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Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school cross country team ended up in Elkhorn on Thursday after the original Wednesday meet date was washed out because of rain. Fortunately, we were able to field most of our stars on the cloudy, warm day. The meet is smaller, only six teams total, but the teams that compete are very good. We would have to be fast to get our fair share of medals at the awards ceremony.

Julianna Caspers led the way for the DASH team in the 7th grade and under race, but she had company. Julia Kowalinski and Heidi Talbert stayed close behind Julianna all the way to the finish as the girls pushed each other to medal winning races. It would be a 9-10-11 place finish for our stars. Seeing Heidi get a medal in just her third race was especially exciting. Joy Rasch raced to a nice 25th place finish as our 4th scorer. Grace Caspers got out a little slow, but then kept a nice pace to finish in 12:54. Hellena Hacker raced for the first time this year. She looked fast, especially at the finish. Mary LeSac forgot her shorts and struggled through the course. She will be better next time when in proper racing attire.

Nathaniel Chu blazed through the 1.5 mile course in just 9:57 to the lead the DASH 7th and under boys. Nathanael put a claim in on the 13th place medal with his strong effort. Leif Kostrzewa finished just a second behind Nathanael to give us a second boy to cheer for at the award ceremony. As Leif finished, Kaden Hacker was running to the finish line. Kaden’s strong race gave us three boys in the top-18. Seka Kostrzewa had an especially good day, finishing the course in just 10:42. Joshua Lipski cut his time down considerably from last year and continues to run well for us. Bryant Farrell ran to an easy 13:24. He showed good finishing kick, and I think is capable of really pushing his times down considerably in the meets ahead. Micah Chan did not look as good as he has earlier in the season. He is practicing well and should be back closer to Joshua next time out.

Stephanie Chu went out with the leaders in the 8th grade girls race as she should have. She ran in third place for almost the whole way, before sneaking into second heading into the home stretch, and then settling for third. Her time of 10:21 was faster than any DASH girl has every run on a 1.5 mile course. She has truly been a star for us this year.

Joshua LeSac went out fast in his attempt to make the medal stand. He was running with a cold, however, which really affected his finish. It would be 23rd overall for Joshua. Daniel Caspers had a great start before settling into a nice pace the rest of the way. He place 32nd overall with his 10:48 time.

We ran 17 athletes, and took home 6 medals. This team is really running well right now, and should be very competitive in the big races ahead. The next two weeks are going to be very exciting. I am really looking forward to seeing this team run again on Monday. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Mary Beck for again being our official scorer. Thanks to Ed Beck and Joshua Lipski for their help collecting the place cards, filling them out, and turning them in. Thanks to the camera lady for the photos. With all that help, I just ran around the course being a DASH fan. I must admit, it was fun. We only have a few days between meets the rest of the way.  This is the time of year we have been waiting for. Let’s finish up strong.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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Hello DASH families,

The DASH cross country team, both high school and middle school, competed in the very big, and very competitive Waukesha Cross Country Festival at Minooka Park this past Saturday. This meet was added to our schedule just last week after the Mayville meet was cancelled. The humidity was over 90% when we started, and our times were definitely slowed by the muggy weather, but overall we held our own against some of the best teams in the area.

Emma Taylor and Naomi Zhou got the day started at 8:30 in the Girls JV race. Emma ran very well overall, but her time still came in over 29 minutes. I knew then it would be a struggle for any of the athletes to get a season best in these conditions. Naomi Zhou did accomplish the feat by cutting off over 2 minutes from her time two weeks ago on the same course.

In the boys JV race, Joshua Schaber, Ben Hughes, and Seth Holter pushed each other to some season best times. Joshua raced through the course in 21:31, with Ben and Seth just seconds behind. These boys are running great, and giving us some much needed depth. Joshua Anumolu posted a nice time in the 22’s. Look for him to go even lower in the meets ahead. Zachary Pape got off to a great start, but slowed up bit toward the end. With some cooler weather his times will be coming down. Ben Bridge got through his first cross country race and broke 24 minutes. He could be pretty good for us the last two meets. Zachary Werner definitely felt the effects of the heat this time out. He will enjoy the cooler meets coming up. Miles Talbert broke 30 minutes as he continues to improve. It was a very impressive showing from the JV boys.

Abby Chu led the varsity girls once again, this time with a routine 23:12. She is running with confidence, and did not push herself too hard this time. Kayla Bruton looks to be ready for a big second half of the season. She gave us a season best 24:01. Rebecca Dickman has never looked better. She has been practicing well and her times are falling fast. 24:30 is her new standard, but it will be much lower than that soon. Faith Caspers is getting up to be speed, slowly. We will need her to be running at her best the rest of the way. Jessy Homa has been coming through for us as our 5th runner each time out. Hopefully her times will be pushed lower and lower for her to stay there. Zipporah Caspers struggled a little in the last mile, but is running pretty good right now. She may be ready to have a big finish to her senior season. Ella Johnson paced behind Zipporah the whole way. I have her running varsity because I know there is a chance she will have a breakout race before the season is out. Kayla Walters has never struggled like this before. She will be one of our stars. Let’s hope it is this season.

Justin Chu led the boys varsity with an 18:13 time. Justin looks to be staying healthy, and should be ready to run near the lead pack in our smaller meets ahead. Joe Maurer moved up as the race went along to be our second runner in. His time of 20:03 was not stellar, but should be better when he can chase Drake and Brian around. Tim Kowalinski gave us his best race of the year. He was the one varsity athlete that improved his time from two weeks ago. Caleb Schaber has not had a bad race yet and has stayed in our top-5 each time out. Well done from the freshman. Vincent Maurer gave us a second freshman in our top-5. Vincent is always able to move up in the last mile. That is a good skill to have. Lucas Ebel and John Klaves stayed together the whole way. They are two of our most talented runners, and we will need them to keep improving in the weeks ahead.

We ran six boys in the middle school race. Alexander Taylor raced to a 4th place medal in the 7th grade division with a time of 9:18 over the 1.4 mile course. Alex has been our top middle school boy thus far, but we have plenty of others staying close behind him. One of those is Nathanael Chu. Nathanael also made the medal stand with his 5th place effort among the 6th graders. Joshua LeSac, coming back from a toe injury, ran well. He broke 10 minutes and should only get better each race. Daniel Caspers did not have a great start, but he pushed hard at the end to give us a good race. Silas Johnson donned DASH yellow for the first time. He went out conservatively, and charged up the hill for a good finish. He could be very good if we can keep him racing. Micah Chan finished in 12:10 as all of our boys ran well.

Stephanie Chu blazed to a 9:46 time to place 10th in the very competitive 8th grade race. That effort got her called up to the medal stand once again. Julianna Caspers moved up as the race went along and ended up 5th overall among the 6th graders. Julia Kowalinski got off to great start down the hill and then maintained a fast pace to the finish to earn the 6th place medal. Savanna Bruton put together a very impressive race. She broke 12 minutes and was our third 6th grader in. Heidi Talbert out-kicked Grace Caspers and Joy Rasch at the finish as all three girls posted some nice low 12 minute times. Mary LeSac gave us one more great run as our little girls really impressed. We also had a late addition to our roster as 2nd grade Abby Taylor decided to run for the first time. With some coaxing, especially up the hill at the end, she made it to the finish and showed us all the potential to be very good soon.

When the long day of racing was over, we could look back and take away plenty of positives. Despite missing Drake Hacker, Brian Durbin, and Samuel Zinkgraf, three of pre-season top-5, the boys held up very well. We still have plenty of JV boys waiting to step up in case we run into any more catastrophes. The high school girls are very close now to putting together a great race. I am confident it will happen in our big meets ahead. The middle school team has turned out to be very good, and really capped the day off on a high note for me. They just need to stay healthy as the team does not have the depth that the high school team has. The next three weeks will provide plenty of theatrics and exciting results. It is going to be a whirlwind of action. Hopefully everything will fall into place. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Mary Beck for keeping tabs on the chip timers. That is always hectic work. Thanks to Ed Beck for his help with the coaching. Thanks to the athletes for running hard in the humid conditions. The photos are never easy to get at Minooka, but the camera lady and I did our best. Be sure to check them out. Now to start thinking about our next practice and the meets ahead.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school cross country team was found at Lake Denoon Middle School on Monday, competing in the very big Muskego Cross Country Invitational. We ran 19 athletes, which was down considerably from last year, but this year’s team is a veteran bunch with all but two athletes returning from last year. It would be time to see how this year’s edition of the DASH middle school team would stack up against the biggest teams in the area.

Julianna Caspers led the 7th and under girls through the 1.6 mile course. Julianna finished in a routine 12:24 to earn the 32nd place ribbon. Finishing close behind Julianna was Julia Kowalinski. Julia has never run better and earned her own numbered ribbon with her 12:52 time that put her in 48th place. Joy Rasch impressed everyone with her good showing in her first race. Heidi Talbert displayed her nice running form to finish in 14:51. She ran very well in her first race and should only get better each race. Grace Caspers finished strong after a slow start and broke 15 minutes. Savanna Bruton finished soon after Grace and cut over a minute off her time from last year. Mary LeSac is taking running much more seriously this year and posted a nice 15:42 time. Jenna Walters also lowered her time from last year. It was a good showing from the girls.

Alexander Taylor led the 7th and under boys, running to a hard fought 10:46 time. That effort was good for 23rd place. Leif Kostrzewa ran with Alexander the whole way and finished just a step behind him to earn a top-50 ribbon for the second year in a row. Nathanael Chu got out fast and stayed fast as usual. Kaden Hacker kept Nathanael in his sights the whole way as the boys finished 38th and 39th overall to give us a very low team score. Seka Kostrzewa keeps improving every year. He cut off almost a minute from last year to finish in 12:11. Joshua Lipski and Micah Chan posted some nice times, but the chute got backed up and they did not get accurate finishing places. The times proved they ran fast.

Stephanie Chu raced out with the leaders in the 8th grade girls race. She was 11th after the first half mile, but moved up into the top-10 before heading to the home stretch. She crossed the line in 9th place and received a medal at the award ceremony. Her time of 11:24 shows how talented she is, and it proves that hard work pays off.

Tikvah Schlissel also ran out with the leaders in the 8th grade boys race. He fell back some, but cracked the top-50 with his fast 11:09 time. That gave us eight top-50 finishes on the day. Daniel Caspers ran well and showed us some speed at the finish. We will need him to keep running well for us this season.

The coach was very happy with the way the athletes ran. The effort was great, with all 17 athletes who competed in this race last year lowering their times, many by over a minute. Our team is smaller this year, but still fast. We will see how much success they will have in the weeks ahead. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Ed Beck for his help with the coaching. Thanks to Mary Beck for getting the official times recorded. Thanks to Andrea Lipski for collecting the cards at the end of the chute. Thanks to the camera lady for getting some nice photos. And thanks to the parents who got the athletes to the race on time and ready to race. We get to do it again soon. I am definitely looking forward to it.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH cross country team finished their season in Verona yesterday, competing in the 5th annual Homeschool Championships. The weather was cool, but sunny. The course was hilly and fast. It would be the first championship race for 19 of our 29 middle school athletes. Our young team would be getting some needed experience to use in the years ahead. Our high school team would be looking to improve on two second place finishes from last year. As 10:00 AM neared, it was finally time to take our sweats off, crowd into our tiny box 5, and see how our DASH team stacked up against the 8 other homeschool teams in competition.

Our very young middle school girls team was first on the schedule. Rebecca Dickman was our early leader through the first mile, with Julianna Caspers and Stephanie Chu staying close. Rebecca could not maintain her fast pace through the second mile and it was Julianna who hit the finish line first. Julianna’s time of 14:39 put her in 19th place overall. She was the fastest 4th and under runner in the race. Rebecca came in 13 seconds later in 24th place, with Stephanie Chu a few steps behind her in 26th. It was a respectable showing, but not the best day for our top girls. I think they peaked a week early. Julia Kowalinski ran very well once again. She stayed strong the whole way and got a nice 31st place finish. Emma Taylor and Grace Caspers paced together for most of the second mile with Emma coming out ahead this time. Emma has improved all season and Grace has really ran well. Our last four girls came in near the end. They found the long, hilly course tough. Angela Walters and Hellena Hacker worked together with Angela racing in ahead. Noami Zhou finished up right behind Hellena. Jenna Walters made it to the finish 15 seconds after Naomi. Overall the girls struggled, but were able to edge the Tri State team for 4th.

The middle school boys ran out conservatively at the start. Vincent Maurer and Caleb Schaber stayed close for a long time until Vincent picked up the pace near the end to nab the 10th place medal. Caleb finished with a good time of 12:52 to place 21st. Joshua LeSac pushed the pace throughout and was our 3rd runner in. He was followed by Leif Kostrzewa who placed 33rd despite coming in without a shoe. Kaden Hacker and Salim Lubbad kept Leif in their sights the whole way, working together to post times under 14 minutes. Jeffrey Breiling fell off the pace this time and raced with Noah LaBonte for the second mile. Noah had the better kick at the end to finish with a 14:18 time. Nathanael Chu raced in just 5 seconds behind Jeffrey. Tikvah Schlissel and Daniel Caspers stayed together the whole way until Tikvah pulled ahead from Daniel near the finish. Seka Kostrzewa started a run of five DASH athletes that came in right after each other. Seka was followed by Matthew Kowalinski, Ben Breitbach, Alexander Taylor, and Joshua Lipski. All those guys but Seka were in their first championship race. Ed Sherman raced in next, just ahead of Jacob LaBonte, and Bryant Farrell finished in 19:07. The boys ran pretty well, but are definitely a year or two away from being near the top. They finished 5th out of the 7 teams that scored.

Our high school girls were one of four good teams that would be vying for a top-2 team trophy. It would also be the last cross country race for long time DASH star Andrea Beck. Andrea got out fast and ran with the leaders through the first mile before settling into 4th place. She would hold her spot to the finish, running to an impressive 21:43 time. Three Chippewa Valley girls came in after Andrea making them the team to beat. Two Eagles girls were next followed by our own Kayla Bruton. Kayla took off and moved up in the last mile. It was enough to earn herself the 10th place medal. Her 22:34 time proved that her big run from last week was no fluke. Faith Caspers stayed close to Kayla through the first two miles and helped keep us in trophy contention with her personal best 23:10 time. Abby Chu never let Faith get more than a few seconds ahead. Her 23:12 time made us the team to beat for the 2nd trophy. We just needed Kayla Walters to get in. Kayla faded off the pace after the first mile, but picked it up just in time on the last loop. Her time was 24:04. Jessy Homa raced through the 5k course in a personal best 24:21. She came in ahead of the Eagles 5th runner boosting our lead over them to 4 points. The 2nd place trophy would be ours. Zipporah Caspers could not run at 100% because of a leg injury, but her great effort landed her a personal best 25:21 time. Katrina Lipski came to the finish in under 28 minutes once again as she finished up her good first season of high school racing.

The high school boys race was to be a battle between us and a very good NEWCHAA team. On paper we could not have been more evenly matched. DASH star Jacob Dickman and an Eagle broke away from the pack early. It would be a 2 man race the rest of the way. After some uncalled for elbowing and shoving from the Eagle through the first mile, Jacob got pushed back to second. Jacob held that spot to the end and finished with a great time of 16:36. Behind Jacob ran the first four NEWCHAA runners. We would have to get someone ahead of them or have their fifth runner fall much farther back if we were to win. Justin Chu stayed right behind the NEWCHAA pack, but they just stayed too strong all the way to the end. Justin’s great 17:40 time just wasn’t enough. The high school boys races have gotten so fast. Drake Hacker did his job staying close to Justin. He held his spot and was the top freshman in with a time of 17:51. Joe Hughes moved up in the last mile and with a roaring finish came in just two team points behind Drake with a personal best 18:07 time. We had John Sherman and Samuel Zinkgraf keeping their eyes on NEWCHAA’s 5th and 6th runners. In the last mile John and Samuel started moving well ahead of them and were able to put four guys in between them before it was done. The boys gave their best. It was time to count the points. NEWCHAA 37. DASH 41. So close again. Another 2nd place trophy would be ours. Lucas Ebel moved up to be our 7th runner in. Lucas joined us in the middle of the season and is just getting into top form. He could use a couple more meets. Joe Maurer, John Kowalinski, and Tim Kowalinski all broke 20 minutes. Joe and John have been great for us all season. It was good to see Tim get a result under 20. John Labonte got ahead of John Klaves just before the finish. Neither John had his best race of the year, but both are now posting nice times each time out. Ben Hughes had a very good day and lowered his best time to 21:32. Joshua Schaber came in just ahead of Will Farrell. Both Joshua and Will finished with personal bests in the low 22’s. Joshua Anumolu struggled with his breathing and could only give us a 23:37 this time out. Ben Fenelon finished off his first year of racing with a 24:20. It has been exciting watching this big 17 guy team running to fast times all year. Well done.

Thanks to everyone who made the trek to Verona. I hope the travel was worth it. Next year they are threatening us with Eau Claire. I am pushing back, and may end up with other plans for us. Thanks to Lindy Zinkgraf, Nancy Chu, Mary Beck, Hillery Farrell, Mike Schlissel, and anyone else who helped Kam with the post-race meal. It has never been better. Thanks to the camera crew of Bill Hacker, Juli Hacker, and Emily Caspers, who joined me in running around the course to catch all the action in photos. They came out very good. Thanks to Ed Beck for his help with the coaching and going to the coach’s meeting. And thanks to the athletes for giving the DASH fans plenty of opportunities to cheer you on.

Another year is done. A few of our athletes will be running individual events such as Foot Locker. For the others it will be a time to heal up, get some needed rest, and catch up on homework. The DASH Blog will be quiet now for awhile, but the seasons great stories and accomplishments will remain chronicled here and not be forgotten. The team will be very different next year. More different than we would like. Our seniors will move on to the next stage of their lives, and a new group of fresh faces will join the DASH veterans to work hard, set goals, become friends, and race. But first we have track and field in the spring. Invite a friend and have them join us as we work on making it another special season. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH cross country team was found at Brookfield Academy yesterday. The middle school team was on hand to race, and many of the high school athletes got together for their last practice. The middle school course ended up being well over two miles long giving us one last good workout before our big championship race this Saturday in Verona.

One big cloud came up that dropped some cold raindrops just before the girls race and had the team scurrying for cover. The meet was held back about 5 minutes to let it pass, and then the girls unwrapped and toed the line to race. Julianna Caspers and Stephanie Chu were our leaders, running within a few paces of each other the whole way. Julianna finished just 9 seconds ahead of Stephanie in 6th place. Hopefully Stephanie will be able to stay that close to Julianna again tomorrow. Julia Kowalinski did not let the distance bother her. She sped around the course in 17:53 to place 12th overall. Grace Caspers and Emma Taylor strided side-by-side for most of the way. Grace moved up before she hit the loop around the track and gave us another impressive finish. Emma handled the distance well and looks to be ready to take it up another notch. We had a two minute gap and then our girls started coming in fast. Zaela Schlissel led the next pack with some fast racing. She was followed by Cate Fenelon who really impressed the coach in her first race. She gives us yet another amazing 3rd grader to keep track of. Angela Walters and Hellena Hacker paced together and finished just a few seconds behind Cate. Naomi Zhou kept up a steady pace as usual. She was followed by Jenna Walters who gave us a good start and a good finish, and then Mary LeSac.

Vincent Maurer led our boys team once again. He got into 4th position early and made sure no one would pass. Jeffrey Breiling liked the long course as he battled to a hard fought 6th place finish. Caleb Schaber gave us a third runner in the top-10. His 14:57 time was good for 9th. Joshua LeSac pushed himself hard the whole way as usual and got the 12th place card. Leif Kostrzewa was our important 5th runner. We will be counting 5 at the championships, so we will need our top-5 to be at their best. Salim Lubbad finished just three seconds behind Leif. No course seems to slow him down. Noah LaBonte ran a strong, smart race once again. He has established himself as one of our top runners. Kaden Hacker and Nathanael Chu worked together throughout, and came in just seconds after Noah. Our boys team is very deep. Tikvah Schlissel moved up the second half of the race and impressed the coach. Ben Breitbach did his best racing at the finish once again. He always comes in just ahead of whoever challenges him. Daniel Caspers faded the second half of the race. Hopefully he is saving some for Saturday. Matthew Kowalinski stayed steady as usual. Alexander Taylor and Joshua Lipski paced together pushing each other to the finish. Jacob LaBonte thought his running earned himself the right to eat ice cream. The course was not as sure. Sean Seraphine competed well, as did Bryant Farrell. Micah Chan raced in just ahead of his brother Peter to finish up another solid day of DASH racing.

The team looks ready for some championship racing. The one thing that could take us down now would be our health. We need to do a better job getting the athletes to put on their sweats before and after their race, especially on these cold October days. Let’s hope no one comes down sick, and we bring our best tomorrow. Homeschool Championship cross country racing comes just once a year!

Thanks to Ed Beck and Xueping Clark for being our official scorers and for collecting the cards. Thanks to the high school team that worked out on their own. I had hoped to get them more attention. Thanks to the camera lady for getting the photos. Next on the agenda is to get everyone safely to Verona and ready to race. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH team was back in action for the 5th time in 10 days on Wednesday. It would be the middle school team’s turn to run in perfect fall weather, as they took the field for competition at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. This meet has really grown, so it would be the team’s last big test before the championships on the 17th.

Julianna Caspers has always ran well on this course, but this time she did not have a very good start. She made up a little time on the loop behind the track, but her best racing was saved for the extended uphill trek on the backside of the soccer field. When Julianna turned the corner and eyed the finish, she had moved all the way up to 7th. Her kick proved too strong for a St. Paul’s Lutheran girl, and the 6th place ribbon was hers. The amazing Juju lowered her time by 15 seconds from last week. 10:51 would be the time to beat for the boys. Julia Kowalinski impressed us all again as she raced around the course in just 12:18. That put her in the top third, and let her take home the 39th place ribbon. Our special 3rd grade girls were hardly done. Grace Caspers took off over a minute and 20 seconds from her time last week. Grace put on a surge during the last loop around the soccer field that moved her all the way up to 45th. Zaela Schlissel cracked our top-4 for the first time and lowered her time by over a minute and a half from last week. We now had four of our 3rd graders in. They were backed up by 2nd grader Hellena Hacker who finished right behind Zaela. The effort given by these girls could not have been better. One of the most talented of our 3rd graders, Angela Walters, was next. She has fallen behind the others because of her lack of training, but she is starting to look fast again. Jenna Walters gave us her best race this season and looked good at the finish. Mary LeSac, another 3rd grader, cut off almost five minutes from her time last week. That was the best Mary has run in two years. It was good to see her staying close to the other girls. We finished 8th out of the 15 teams that scored.

The 6th and under boys race was very competitive with 19 scoring teams and 171 athletes. Leif Kostrzewa had been sick earlier in the week, but he worked his way through the crowd and cracked the top-30 with his 10:42 effort. After Leif’s finish, the DASH boys would start coming in fast. Kaden Hacker has been improving each time out. He paced close to Leif for the whole last loop and finished just a fraction of a second behind him in 32nd place. Salim Lubbad willed himself to stay close to Leif and Kaden. He received the 34th place ribbon for his great effort. Nathanael Chu pushed it as hard as he could from the start and did not drop back from Leif, Kaden, and Salim until the very end. His run was inspiring. Seka Kostrzewa was next. He got stuck running by himself most of the way which I don’t think helped him. Hopefully that means our big guys ahead of him are getting faster. Joshua Lipski’s hard work is paying off as he lowered his 2500 meter personal record by 29 seconds. Alexander Taylor has been one of our top runners all year, but he is running injured now. He is going to take a few days off, and we will see if he is available for the championships next week. Micah Chan had a great day. His times are really coming down, except when he paces his mom in fun runs, then he has to slow down some. Jacob LaBonte showed off his speed with a great finish. Bryant Farrell fell one second short of breaking 15 minutes. So close. Ethan Lindberg dropped his time all the way to 16:30. He is running now. The boys team placed 5th overall, which left 14 teams behind us.

Rebecca Dickman led our 7th and 8th grade girls from the start. She had trouble with a side-ache, but finished strong and received the 16th place ribbon. Stephanie Chu paced herself very well, put a smile on when running past the camera lady, and moved up late to finish 26th. She knows how to race. Emma Taylor pushed herself much better early, then stayed steady until showing off her speed at the finish. Her 12:58 time reflects her improvement. Sarah Lindberg came through with her best race. She kept her composure and came through in 14:39. Naomi Zhou finished just two places back from Sarah. The team finished in 5th place, just one point out of 4th.

Caleb Schaber has become one of our stars. Caleb pushed the pace early and never backed down until he crossed the finish line in just 9:58. His time and 16th place finish were the tops among our boys. Joshua LeSac kept up a relentless pace. His 10:35 time was his first under 11 minutes on this course. Noah LaBonte ran a smart, strong race from start to finish. He has improved so much, and may be one of our key runners at the championships. Daniel Caspers had his best race since the Elkhorn meet. He liked his 10:58 time. Tikvah Schlissel lowered his time from last week with a gutsy effort. Our boys are really getting fast. Sean Seraphine posted a nice 13:34 time and has never run better. Ed Sherman ran much faster than he did last weekend to cap off our boys team. The 7th and 8th graders placed 5th overall out of 11 teams.

The team is looking good as we head into our last week. Our times are coming down, and with the exception of Alexander, we are staying healthy. It is time to look ahead to the Homeschool Championship meet in Verona on the 17th. We have one more week to get in some good practices, which includes our middle school meet at Brookfield Academy next Thursday. It is more fun to run fast, so let’s make it fun.

Thanks to Ed Beck and Pete Dickman for their help in getting the athletes ready to race. Thanks to Ramsey Schlissel and Hillery Farrell for helping pass out the bib numbers. Thanks to all the athletes, parents, grandparents, and little kids who joined me for the fun run. Thanks to Daniel Caspers for being my pacer, and for being tired enough from his first run to let me beat him at the end. Thanks to the camera lady and Zipporah Caspers for getting the photos. They took a lot. We have finished our 5 meets in 10 days swing, but it is not time to rest yet, not with championship racing on the radar. You will not want to miss it. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

We brought a big team of forty athletes to the Wisconsin Lutheran College Warrior Invite yesterday at Greenfield Park. The weather was cool, but nothing like the cold we have experienced here the last few years. A few minutes before each race, the sweats came off. It was once again time to race.

We had fifteen girls pack into our box 17. Eight of the girls are 4th grade or under, so the packing was not too tight. Julianna Caspers proved once again that little is not equivalent to slow as she moved herself steadily through the field and cracked the top-7 before it was done. Stephanie Chu kept Julianna in her sights through the first loop. It was good to have her back. Stephanie clocked in at 12:22, good for 25th place in the 7th and 8th grade race. Julia Kowalinski was one of our athletes that had a breakout day. She has been impressive each time out, but this time she was able to keep her eyes on Stephanie to the end, and race into the top-15. Yes, that gave us two 3rd graders in the top-15. Emma Taylor brought a friend to the race. Naturally I asked her if she would like to have a uniform. After a jog to my van, Katie Gorectke soon appeared as DASHing as ever, and despite wearing jeans stayed just ahead of Emma. Emma had one of her best days with Katie pacing ahead, so bringing a fast friend to the race is now highly recommended. Now to get Katie to race again. Plenty more of our fast little girls were next. Angela Walters brought her dad to the race which was a good sign that her effort would be better. Angela got out fast, getting the coach who was going through Angela racing withdrawals very excited, and then stayed steady to the finish. Grace Caspers, Hellena Hacker, Zaela Schlissel, and Savanna Bruton ran together through the first loop. Grace Caspers would move up and pass Angela before the finish, with Hellena, Zaela, and Savanna coming in right behind Angela. All the little girls were great, and that gave us seven 4th and under girls already finishing. How do you not look ahead a year or two with this group? Makenna Fisher and Naomi Zhou stayed close from start to finish and posted respectable times once again. Jenna Walters toughed this race out. She hurt her leg somewhere on the course. Mary LeSac showed off her speed as she stayed just ahead of Anabel Fisher at the finish line. All this excitement and we had not seen the boys race yet.

Our twenty-five boys that we lined up did have trouble fitting into our small box. The team in box 16 next to us would be squeezed some as our boys were anxious to get out fast. Vince Maurer was back and racing like a star once again. He raced around in 7th place most of the way and held it to the end. He would join Julianna on the medal stand. Caleb Schaber went out fast and showed no signs of fading this time. His kick at the end kept him in 11th place overall. He is now officially one of our stars. Jeffrey Breiling moved up and edged Joshua LeSac at the finish. These two posted good times despite not really having their best. That’s what good runners are capable of. Salim Lubbad was amazing. He came in just behind Joshua and was 13th overall in the 6th and under race. He is pushing the pace and helping our boys behind him run faster. Could this really be the same guy who didn’t want to run a 400 in track? Kaden Hacker put together his best race of the year. His 14th place finish as our 3rd 6th and under runner shows how fast these boys are running. Nathanael Chu gave us four in the top-19. Nathanael just never slows down. Noah LaBonte and Leif Kostrzewa ran strong, but not as strong as Monday. Noah and Leif gave us nine guys 11:36 or under. Seka Kostrzewa led the next group of DASH boys in. His 12:00 time was good for 27th place. Alexander Taylor followed close behind Seka with Tikvah Schlissel coming in two seconds later. It is fun seeing so much DASH yellow coming in fast. Daniel Caspers was not at his best. That will be worked on this week. Matthew Kowalinski got off to a very fast start, and finished just after Daniel. He is getting closer to our top guys now. Ben Breitbach gave us another strong race. Joshua Lipski followed with another good race of his own. He has not had a bad race yet. Jacob LaBonte has never run this well. The distance is becoming easier for him now. Christian Loustaunau is slowly getting his times down. Ed Sherman worked hard and broke 15 minutes. Bryant Farrell gave us his usual good race, and Peter Chan was back coming in a second behind Bryant. Adam Loustaunau and Micah Chan struggled through the course. Jose Rosario and Ethan Lindberg enjoyed their stroll through the woods until the coach reminded them they were racing today.

It is hard to monitor how the team is scoring during the race with all the grade levels running together. We ended up pretty good. Our little girls finished 6th overall as did the 7th and 8th grade girls. Our 7th and 8th grade boys placed 5th, and our 6th and under boys 3rd, just four points out of second. It is too bad the 6th and under boys could not count 5. No one could match our 5th and 6th runners. Let’s hope we get everyone up to Jackson this Wednesday for the next big meet and score well there.

Thanks to those who helped pass out the bib numbers. Thanks to Juli Hacker for hauling the green bin back full of the athletes sweats. Thanks to Ed Beck for his help with the coaching. The pictures did not turn out so well this time. They would not let the camera lady get very close to the finish. The photos I kept were a little thin, but worth checking out. We are down to our last two weeks now. We are running fast and having fun. Let’s hope we stay healthy now and do our best in the big meets coming up. Championship racing is on the radar now. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The middle school cross country team was up in Jackson yesterday to race in the annual WCHSA meet at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. This is mainly a small school meet, but it let a few big teams in a few years making it much more competitive. The weather was warm, but not too warm. It turned out to be a good day to race.

Our promising, young 6th and under girls team would get the day started. Julianna Caspers has posted top-10 results here the last two years, and she would be looking to earn a top-3 medal this time out. Julianna came around the first turn in 10th place. And when she came back up the hill from the loop behind the track, she was still only running in 9th. On the back stretch of the soccer field Julianna started to make a charge. She headed for the finish line in 5th with all the girls ahead of her in sight. After some jockeying back and forth, Julianna had to settle for a 5th place finish this time, just five seconds out of 3rd. Her time was a very fast 11:06. Tune in next year when she gives it another try. We had plenty more excitement from the rest of our little girls. Grace Caspers and Savanna Bruton paced together most of the way. Then Grace made a bolt to the finish, passing up more girls than I could keep track of to finish 44th overall. Savanna had her best race of the season as well and placed 49th. Hellena Hacker, in just her first DASH race, kept Grace and Savanna in her sights the whole way. She had the DASH fans asking me who the fast new little girl was. Her 14:28 time was good for 51st. Zaela Schlissel ran another good race. If we can get her to run the latter half as well as her first she will really be moving up. Jenna Walters had a good day, giving us her best effort of the season. Anabel Fisher had a very nice start, but then struggled as most people do in their first race. She has the potential to be pretty good. Next in for us were Angela Walters and Mary LeSac. Mary struggled running with an extra pair of Julianna’s shoes. Her feet will be happier next time.

Leif Kostrzewa was the boys 6th and under pacesetter. Leif went out fast and battled his way to our fastest time of the day, 10:42, earning himself the 16th place ribbon. Alexander Taylor had his racing face on from the start. Alex was our second runner in and is becoming one of our stars now. His 28th place ribbon impressed the coach. Salim Lubbad, Kaden Hacker and Seka Kostrzewa ran close to each other the whole way, keeping up a very quick pace. These guys have been ending up in a different order each race, and this time it was Salim who led the charge to the finish line, with all three boys cracking the top-40 and giving us five of the top-40 ribbons. Ben Breitbach had a breakout race and is really moving up. He showed off his speed at the end once again, and cracked the top-50. Joshua Lipski is like clockwork. He never seems to look tired and is giving us solid races each time out. Christian Loustaunau proved that his first race was no fluke with his nice run. Jacob LaBonte took at spill at the start, but got up and had his best race of the year. Micah Chan is now getting comfortable with distance running and he looked fast at the finish. Bryant Farrell gave us good effort once again. His times should start going down soon. Adam Loustaunau also took a spill at the start. It seemed to effect him more than Jacob. I will be working with him. Ethan Lindberg is slowly getting better with each race.

Emma Taylor led Makenna Fisher through the first half of the course in the 7th and 8th grade girls race. Emma did not give us her best racing this time. I am pretty sure she is saving it for cooler day which I will remind her of this Saturday. Makenna slowed some in the second half of the race, but her 15:46 time was very respectable for a first race. Naomi Zhou moved up to finish right behind Makenna.

Caleb Schaber went out fast and stayed with the top big guys for a long time. He fell off the pace a little near the end, but he is very close to really putting together a special race. His 10:52 time placed him 25th. Noah LaBonte stayed strong to the finish and has never looked better. He really got the coach excited with his 10:59 time. DASH veteran Joshua LeSac did not race as fast as he would have liked. It is encouraging that he is still pretty good now even when not at his best, and you never have to question his effort. Tikvah Schlissel put together a strong race from start to finish, and came in just ahead of Daniel Caspers. Daniel did not have his best. We will need him back running strong in the races ahead. Sean Seraphine ran better this time out, but is still finding the races long.

We were missing a few of our top runners this time out, but with our depth we were able to stay very competitive in all but the 7th and 8th grade girls race. Almost all of the athletes are putting out great effort. I know they are competing with each other, as well as with the other teams, and that is what is needed for us to keep improving. We have two more races coming up soon, and then a small tune up race before the Homeschool Championship. This is the part of the season we have been training for.

Thanks to Mr. Beck for his help with the coaching. Thanks to Faith Caspers, Hillery Farrell, and anyone else who helped pass out the bib numbers. Thanks to Andrea Beck for collecting the cards at the end of the chute. Thanks to the parents who made the trip to Jackson and gave the athletes a chance to race. And thanks to the camera lady for once again getting the photos. We are in the busy part of the season now. Let’s stay healthy and be ready.

Take care,
Jim Caspers




  • Cross Country 2016

    The 2016 DASH girls cross country team: Zipporah Caspers, Kayla Bruton, Jessy Homa, Abby Chu, Rebecca Dickman, Katrina Lipski, Kayla Walters, Ella Johnson, Faith Caspers, Alivia Kempf.

  • The 2016 DASH boys cross country team. Front: Cliff Yang, Tim Kowalinski, Joe Maurer, Brian Durbin, Caleb Schaber, Justin Chu. Back: Ben Hughes, Joshua Schaber, John Klaves, Joshua Anumolu, Zachary Werner, Zach Pape, Miles Talbert, Seth Holter, Vincent Maurer, Samuel Zinkgraf.

  • The 2016 DASH MS girls cross country team. Grace Caspers, Stephanie Chu, Savanna Bruton, Hellena Hacker, Mary LeSac, Heidi Talbert, Julia Kowalinski, Joy Rasch, Julianna Caspers, Jenna Walters, Alexa Bruton.

  • The 2016 DASH MS boys cross country team. Front: Josiah Chu, Seka Kostrzewa, Nathanael Chu, Micah Chan, Silas Johnson, Noah Caspers, Charlie Johnson. Back: Alexander Taylor, Joshua Lipski, Joshua LeSac, Kaden Hacker, Bryant Farrell, Leif Kostrzewa, Daniel Caspers.

  • Track 2016

    DASH HS 4x1600 Relay Winners. Boys: Drake Hacker, Justin Chu, Briton Kostrzewa, Jacob Dickman. Girls: Zipporah Caspers, Faith Caspers, Kayla Walters, Andrea Beck.

  • Rebecca Dickman, Emma Taylor, Katie Gorectke, Stephanie Chu.

  • Cross Country 2015

    2015 Bradley Tech Cross Country Champions: The 1st place DASH boys: Lucas Ebel, John Klaves, John LaBonte, Joshua Schaber, John Sherman, Joshua Anumolu, Ben Hughes, Tim Kowalinski, Joe Maurer, Drake Hacker, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joe Hughes, Jacob Dickman, John Kowalinski, Will Farrell. the 2nd place DASH girls: Margaret Serchen, Kayla Walters, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Beck, Faith Caspers, Renee Walters, Kayla Bruton, Jessy Homa.

  • The DASH girls middle school team. Front: Mary LeSac, Grace Caspers, Hellena Hacker, Julianna Caspers, Zaela Schlissel. Middle: Julia Kowalinski, Anabel Fisher, Savanna Bruton, Stephanie Chu, Angela Walters. Back: Naomi Zhou, Emma Taylor, Katie Gorectke, Makenna Fisher, Jenna Walters.

  • The DASH middle school boys team. Front: Vince Maurer, Jeffrey Breiling, Leif Kostrzewa, Caleb Schaber, Seka Kostrzewa, Alexander Taylor, Noah LaBonte. Middle: Ethan Lindberg, Micah Chan, Jose Rosario, Joshua LeSac, Adam Loustaunau, Salim Lubbad, Kaden Hacker, Nathanael Chu, Jacob LaBonte, Ben Breitbach. Back: Daniel Caspers, Joshua Lipski, Tikvah Schlissel, Bryant Farrell, Christian Loustaunau, Ed Sherman, Peter Chan, Matthew Kowalinski.

  • Track 2015

    2015 High School Track. Front: Andrea Coulter, Stefanie Klaves, Renee Walters, Jessy Homa, Bekka Homa, Nina Smrecek, Johannah Lee, Kayla Bruton, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Beck. Back: Jacob Dickman, Jeremy Marek, Justin Chu, Nicholas Funk, Noah Evans, Samuel Lee, Danny Wickman. Missing: Tommy Ebert, Joe Hughes, Samuel Zinkgraf.

  • Cross Country 2014

    Bradley Tech Champions - 2014

  • Cross Country 2013

    Midwest Homeschool Champions - 2013

  • Track 2013

    Front : Abigail Larkin, Sophia Zyzo, Grace Caspers, Julianna Caspers, Grace Zinkgraf, Elijah Anumolu, Daniel Caspers, Leif Kostrzewa, Wesley Evans, Mary LeSac, Andre Coulter, Abby Chu, Grace Dupar, Gulla Kemmann. Back: Danny Wickman, Lucretia Nyhart, Mia Wickman, Faith Caspers, Toria Schein, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Guidone, Olivia Zyzo, Toria Schein, Christian LeSac, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joshua LeSac, Joshua Anumolu, Kayla Walters, John Klaves, Christopher Fossell, Joe Hughes, Glenn Kaboskey. Missing: Stephanie Chu. Simran Khunger, Foster Todd, Briton Kostrzewa, Alex Navin.

  • Cross Country 2012

    Wisconsin Lutheran College Warrior Invite 7th-8th grade champions: Briton Kostrzewa, Christian LeSac, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joe Hughes.

  • Track 2012

    Amelie Kemmann, Andrea Kempf, Andrea Beck, Sarah Klapak

  • Cross Country 2011

  • Cross Country 2009

    Andrea Beck, Lucreitia Nyhart, Faith Caspers, Zipporah Caspers. Coach Jim Caspers and Ed Beck in back.

  • Cross Country 2004

    Legendary race - Maitland Park This is where it all began.