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Hello DASH families,

The 2018 DASH middle school cross country team was in action for the first time this season last Wednesday in Hartford, competing in the 3rd annual Peace Lutheran Panther Prowl. It was a new meet for us that looked to be a good fit. The competition would be 12 medium to small schools, with one girls and one boys race over a challenging course. And we would have chip timing courtesy of Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. With a month of practicing behind them, it was finally time to see how our middle school team would fare against some good teams from up north.

Ninety-four girls took the field at 4 PM. Our girls got out fast, but not too fast. Julianna Caspers made her big move to the front in the second half of the race. As she hit the finish line in 11:24, she had moved all the way up to 3rd place overall. A very good start for our long-time star. Bedalia Radtke also moved up throughout and glided in with a 12th place finish and a 12:22. Very impressive as usual from Bedalia. Joy Rasch was struggling in practice a few weeks ago, but she has now found her great running form from last year, giving us a big 15th place finish. Our team score was looking promising. Mary LeSac had her best cross country race ever, coming through for us with a 25th place finish in 13:25. Having Mary continue to run her potential will be important for us. Talia Kostrzewa ended the race with one less tooth than she started with. That is the definition of running hard in my book. She also was our 5th runner in, and her 43rd place finish would help make the day special. The rest of the girls all came in quickly from here. Rebecca Anderson had a memorable first race, cracking the top-50 and the 15 minute mark with a 14:56. She is only going to get better. Grace Caspers finished one second ahead of Jenna Walters with a 15:16. Grace and Jenna are a little under-trained right now, but we can fix that. Alexa Bruton had an exciting first mile, but faded a little in the tough back stretch. She should put together a complete race soon. Natalie Radtke decided to run without practicing much. She showed us all how talented she is, finishing a solid 62nd overall. She also showed us how important practicing is. Good job, Natalie.

Eight of the 128 athletes were wearing DASH yellow in the boys race. We would not be one of the big teams, but all our boys on the starting line can really run. Leif Kostrzewa went out with the lead pack, but eventually dropped back to run with Abiah Radtke. Leif and Abiah jockeyed back and forth, both staying in the top-10 the rest of the way with Leif coming in one second ahead of Abiah with a 10:02. Leif’s 7th place finish, and Abiah’s 8th place finish left us as one of the teams to beat. Nathanael Chu kept up a fast, relentless pace, keeping Leif and Abiah in his sights and giving us 3 boys in top-12. It was hard to count the points with teams wearing similar t-shirts, but we were obviously doing very well. Seka Kostrzewa held down a top-25 spot through the course and finished in 11:02 for 23rd place. 5th grade Seka has been a star now for years despite his age, so another great finish by Seka was welcomed and expected. Seka was shadowed by new cross country star Micah Chan who gave us a fifth top-25 finish. Micah cut off over a minute from his previous best 2500 meter time. Outstanding! We would have to wait to see where we ended up in the team scores, but I was liking our chances. Noah Caspers got knocked down and run over early, but he recovered to finish 45th in 12:06. Looking over the standings, Noah was the top 3rd grade and under runner in the field. He was fast! Josiah Chu came in two spots behind Noah with a 12:13. He ran well, and will run even better in the races ahead. Joshua Lipski finished 66th overall in 12:48. To have all the boys done in 12:48 is amazing. There were still over 60 runners out on the field when our day was done.

Before the team scores were announced, we won our share of the individual medals. Julianna Caspers was 2nd in the 5th/6th grade division. Talia Kostrzewa was 3rd in the 2nd grade division, and Joy Rasch won the 4th place 7th/8th grade medal. Noah Caspers was announced as the 3rd place 3rd/4th grader, and Seka Kostrzewa got the 5th place medal in the 5th/6th grade division. Leif, Abiah, and Bedalia ended up just a few spots away. Then the tension started to build as the boys teams scores were called out in reverse order. When the 3rd place team was announced and it wasn’t us, we knew a trophy would be ours. To our relief and excitement, Hartland Central was called out next leaving the 1st place trophy for our boys. We had won by a comfortable 11 points. What an impressive showing!  The girls team scores were called out next, and to everyone’s surprise the DASH girls were announced as the 2nd place trophy winners. We edged the 3rd and 4th place teams by just 4 and 7 points. What a day for our young girls team! Oh, what a day of DASH racing!

Thanks go out for all the DASH families that made it up to Hartland. I hope the well run meet, along with our good results made it worth the drive. Thanks to Ed Beck for his help with the coaching. Thanks to everyone for getting the chip timers out of your shoes and ready to return. Thanks to the camera lady for catching the exciting action in photos. And thanks to Peace Lutheran for inviting us, setting up the course, and giving us a chance to race. We get to see this team plenty more in the weeks ahead, including this Saturday.  You’ve got to see this team run. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers


Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school cross country team was back at Hales Corners Park for the second year in a row to race in the Whitnall Invitational. The warm, humid, rainy weather from earlier in the week was gone, but the course was left very soft and muddy in spots. The fast course would not be running especially fast this time out. This was already the team’s third meet on the schedule, so we would be looking to start running some good mid-season times, with hopes of being near the top when listening for the team scores to be called out at the end of the meet. Below is a rundown of the four races.

The JV girls took the field first at 4 PM. Katrina Lipski got out fast and cruised to a nice 18th place finish with a season best 28:41 time. Naomi Zhou looked good at times and hit the finish in just over 35 minutes. We also had two cross country rookies compete with only two practices behind them. Shariah Hyler and Sandrelee Velez both struggled at times over the 5k course, but they also showed some great running in spurts. They have a lot of potential, and with a couple more weeks of practice, Shariah and Sandrelee should be posting some much lower times. Stay tuned.

The JV boys all had good days. Jacob Parker looked smooth and fast over the whole course and clocked in with a nice 21:50, good for 13th place. Matthew Schaber had his best race of the season with a 24th place 22:48. Jacarie Rucker lowered his time by over 4 minutes to place 44th overall out of the 88 finishers. We will be filling out the varsity roster in the meets ahead. These boys look ready.

The varsity girls were next. Abby Chu just missed a top-10 medal last year, but this time she moved up into the top-10 halfway through the first mile, and held her ground the rest of the way to finish 8th overall with a 22:04. Stephanie Chu stayed up close to Abby and battled her way onto the medal stand by the finish. It would be 22:20 and 10th place for Stephanie. Very well earned. Alivia Kempf showed off her nice stride as she kept up a fast, steady pace throughout to post a 23:00 and give us three among the top 17. None of the teams behind us were close to having as good a 3rd runner as Alivia. We were able to get our 4th and 5th runners in much sooner this time which was one of our goals. Katie Gorectke is rounding into form now. She lowered her season best time by close to 3 minutes with a 25:01. That’s what we were hoping for out of Katie, and I doubt she has peaked yet. Emma Taylor ran close to Katie the whole way and also lowered her time into the low 25’s. We have counted on Emma to come up big for us and she has not disappointed. Ella Johnson kept the good results coming as she broke 26 minutes for the first time this year. Faith Caspers looked much better this time out, but was slowed some as she was not wearing spikes. She is close to a breakout meet.

The varsity boys race started out fast with our boys running in the pack, but as the race went on the DASH fans were treated to seeing DASH yellow moving up. Caleb Schaber made an 18:23 time look easy as he made the medal stand with an impressive 8th place. Alexander Taylor had an incredible last half of the race, moving all the way up to 12th place by the finish. Alex sets big goals for himself, and he hit it this time with his 18:46. Drake Hacker is getting faster each week and he gave us three in the top-18 with a nice 19:11 time. Moments later, Kaden Hacker charged in with a personal best 19:29. That gave us four in the top-22. These boys were having a big day.  Joshua Schaber never faltered as he continues to get his times down by almost a minute each meet. His season best now stands at 20:55. Vincent Maurer moved up in the last mile to get a 21:41. He is rounding into form now and has his best meets in front of him.

It was a big day for us individually with three top-10 medals. We also impressed with our team showing. The girls finished 4th again, but ahead of a team that beat us earlier in the season. The boys were 3rd, six points out of 2nd. If the out of place Division 1 Waukesha North team had not been a late edition, we could say the boys just missed out on a win. Next up is the tough Minooka Park course with mostly Division 1 competition. That should toughen us up some, and help us get ready to peak for our smaller meets after that. I can hardly wait.

Thanks to Ed Beck, Chuck Maurer, and Dawn Kempf for their help with the coaching. Thanks to Whitnall for putting on a great meet after all the rain we have had. Other meets are getting cancelled. Thanks to the camera crew of Grace Caspers and Julianna Caspers. We got plenty of good photos that caught the action. Now we get to put in a few good practices before we do it again. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school cross country team competed at the famed UW-Parkside course for the first time yesterday in a meet hosted by Kenosha St Joseph’s. It was a particularly warm and humid day with rain in the forecast. To help assure that everyone would get to run, the meet organizers decided to have the girls start exactly 10 minutes after the boys. It proved to be a wise decision as the rain did come just as the girls were finishing up. The DASH fans and the camera crew had to be especially attentive as the boys and girls were all out on the course at the same time for a while. After 41 minutes of racing all of our athletes had made it in. Definitely a DASH record for fastest meet.

The boys were ready in box 1 for the 4:30 start with the girls waiting to move in as soon as they got started. After going up the first big hill, and then winding their way through the woods back down the hill, Caleb Schaber was the first to be seen. Caleb moved well in the heat and beat his time from last week with a 19:05, good for 14th place and the medal stand. Star freshman Alexander Taylor got out fast and held on to be our 2nd runner in. Brian Durbin was running probably for the last time for us as he prepares to go off to school this weekend. Brian left some of his lunch on the hill by the 2 mile mark, but then made a late surge to finish right behind Alex. Kaden Hacker set a personal record in the heat and kept Alex and Brian in his sights. Our other star freshman’s 20:30 time and 36th place finish was exceptional. Drake Hacker battled his way through the tough conditions to finish 41st overall. Drake is the big guy on the varsity time. His times will be coming down considerably as the weather cools. Joshua Schaber was our 6th runner again. This time he was able stay ahead of the 4th runner on all the teams finishing behind us. We don’t have a big team this year, but it is our depth that is keeping those teams behind us. Vincent Maurer did not have his usual late push probably because of the heat. With Brian helping us out this time, hopefully he is saving his best races for the big meets ahead. Matthew Schaber gave us three freshman in the top-15 and he hasn’t shown us his best racing yet. Jacob Parker told me he was tired before the race and it showed. Hopefully he will be back looking as good he did last week next time.

Abby and Stephanie Chu have done well in the past in warm conditions and they did it again. Abby and Stephanie ran side by side most of the way with Abby hitting the finish line first this time. The girls placed 6th and 7th overall with times in the low 23’s. Very nice. Alivia Kempf also earned her second top-15 medal of the season with her 14th place finish. Abby, Stephanie, and Alivia have been an outstanding trio thus far, and we are making progress getting the rest of the girls to move up close behind them. Emma Taylor is not known for running well in these kind of conditions, but she toughed out a good race to be our 4th runner in once again. Katie Gorectke was outstanding the first half of the course, and then hung on to be our 5th runner in. Katie is rounding into form now and should be a fixture on the varsity squad the rest of the way. Ella Johnson had a great finish, moving up to edge Faith Caspers in the end. Faith is still dealing with blisters on her heals from last week and the heat wore on Ella early on. They will be getting their times down considerably in the weeks ahead. As will Katrina Lipski who did not post her best time of the season, but is looking in form and is waiting for some better conditions to show off her stride.

Our team scores were very respectable for this early in the season. The girls placed a close 4th once again, and the boys were in the mix with a 6th place showing. The team is about where we would like it to be thus far, but our competition will be improving as the season goes along. We have nine days to improve ourselves and get ready for our next big meet at Hales Corners Park. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Dawn Kempf for her help with the coaching. Thanks to the staff at St Joseph’s for being aware of the weather situation and getting the meet completed. Thanks to our camera crew of Julianna and Grace Caspers. They did their best running around to catch as much of the action as they could in photos. Thanks to all the DASH fans for making the trip down to UW-Parkside. The meet got good reviews so we should be back again next year, hopefully with better weather and better traffic conditions.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

Cross country season is just a few weeks away. We will practice on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 6:15 PM, and Saturday mornings at 9:15 at Greenfield Park in West Allis. We meet at the shelter off of the Lincoln Ave entrance to the park. Our first high school practice will be on Tuesday, July 31st. The middle school athletes will join them on Thursday, August 9th.  You can check out the DASH Team Calendar for the practices and meets we have scheduled so far.

I will be keeping the team fees low again this season. $40 for high school athletes, $25 for middle school athletes. Middle school athletes will also have to purchase a team t-shirt for $10 if they do not already have one. You wear them at the meets and they are yours to keep. You can also use the t-shirt during track season.

This will be our 14th DASH season!  Make sure you tell your friends to join the team and share in on the fun.  Of course, get some running in to stay in shape, and I hope to see you all soon.

Take care,
Jim Caspers


Hello DASH families,

The conditions were very warm and sunny last Saturday for the DASH middle school track and field team as they completed another season at the Milwaukee Invitational. Fourteen very good teams were on hand. It would be our stiffest competition of the season. Our team has had a lot of success the last few meets. At this meet they would have to step their level up yet another notch to get their name announced as a top-3 medal winner. Some of our highlights are recorded below.

Field events were first on the agenda. Cassie Klepp’s 10’11” leap earned her a 4th place ribbon. Mary Claire Egan and Bedalia Radtke landed past the 9′ mark. Madelyn Zielinski earned the 3rd place medal in the 6th grade division, coming a 1/4 inch ahead of Natalie Radtke. Callie Klepp gave us a third girl in the top-10 with her 10′ mark. Terez Wycklendt tied for 9th landing at 11’6″. For the boys, Micah McKendrick and Abiah Radtke came in just under 12′. Noble Holmes’ 15’10.5″ effort had him settle for the 2nd place 8th grade medal just 1/2 inch out of 1st. Matthew Hein had a personal record 14’2″ leap. Mary LeSac was our top girl softball thrower. Her 54′ throw was a few inches farther than Asalia White-Williams effort. Simon Smrecek and Caleb Hagemann both threw past the 62′ mark for the boys. In shot put, Nadia Seidl got her 4kg shot measured at 19’6″. Annmarie Bridge and Jenna Walters went past 16′. Joshua Lipski and Andy Forget ended up less than 6″ apart with Joshua getting a 22’5″ mark. Bryant Farrell made a personal record 31’11” throw to earn the 7th place ribbon. Nathan Forget got his throw past 29′. In discus, Joy Rasch topped our girls with her 40’4″ throw. Grace Caspers, Annmarie Bridge, Mary Krmpotich, and Jenna Walters all had throws in the upper 30’s range. Joshua Lipski had a personal record 65’8″ throw, good for 7th place. Jonathan Lipski got his own personal record of 37’7″. Noble Holmes did a 98’2″ this time which was good for 4th among the 8th graders. Alexander Taylor got his discus out 81′ and Bryant Farrell went past 79′. It was a solid effort for the team in field events.

It was already very warm as the 1600 runners took to the track at 9:30. Our 5th grade girl tandem gave us a strong 3-4-5 finish with Julia Kowalinski leading the way with a fast 6:54. Julia was followed by Bedalia Radtke and Julianna Caspers. Joy Rasch placed 4th among the 7th graders. Noah Caspers earned the 7th place ribbon in the boys 5th grade race. Abiah Radtke also placed 7th with his personal record 6:28. Alexander Taylor and Ethan Blischke both finished with 5:32 times in a very close 8th grade race. Alex ended up in 4th and Ethan in 6th. Matthew Schaber clocked in at 6:50. Our 100 meter sprinters were next. Cassie Klepp finished 4th overall with her 15.40 time. Mary LeSac and Becky Bojar both had times in the 17’s. In the 6th grade division we placed all five of our girls in the top-12. Asalie White-Williams 15.45 edged Lillie Chavarria by .03 seconds to place 4th. Callie Klepp’s 15.71 edged Madelyn Zielinski by .03 seconds to place 8th, and Savanna Bruton set a personal record 16.03 to place 12th. Mary Krmpotich had a nice 16.21 time for 14th in the 7th grade division. Terez Wycklendt finished 2nd among the 8th graders by .01 seconds in a photo finish. Terez may have celebrated too soon at the end. Emily Zielinski had a 15.08 time good for 16th, and Nadia Seidl had a nice 16.76 time. Simon Smrecek led the 5th grade boys with his 17.29. Dominic Hein was clocked in 18.64. Drew Pflederer also had a 17.29 in the 6th grade division. Ben Bojar showed off his speed, breaking away from a close pack at the end to be the overall 7th grade winner with a fast 13.81 time. Andy Forget finished in 15.95. Noble Holmes came in just ahead of Nathan Forget in the 8th grade race both finishing just over 14 seconds. Bryant Farrell had a personal record 15.68. Next was the sprint medley with legs of 200, 200, 400, and 800 meters. Our girls team of Cassie Klepp, Callie Klepp, Natalie Radtke, and Terez Wycklendt crossed the finish in 5:19 to earn the 2nd place medals. Our boys team of Simon Smrecek, Micah McKendrick, Noble Holmes, and Abiah Radtke clocked in at 5:07 to place 5th. The sprint medley was followed by the 4×400 relay. Our 5th grade girls team of Bedalia Radtke, Julianna Caspers, Mary LeSac, and Julia Kowalinski had a fast 5:37 time to place 2nd. Our 8th grade boys team of Ethan Blischke, Nathan Forget, Matthew Hein, and Alexander Taylor completed their four laps in just 4:29. That gave us the 3rd place medals, but the Holy Apostles team ahead of us should have been disqualified after cutting off and elbowing Alex just before the finish. The 4:29 time is the 2nd fastest in DASH history. Nice! Our distance runners were back once again for the 800. Our 5th grade girls picked up three more top-8 ribbons. Julianna Caspers came in just ahead of Bedalia Radtke to place 4th and 5th with Julia Kowalinski placing 7th. Joy Rasch placed 6th in the 7th grade race. David Krmpotich cracked the top-8 with his 3:26 effort. Noah Caspers just missed with his 3:33. Drew Pflederer posted a 3:13 time in the 6th grade race. Micah Chan broke 3 minutes to place 6th among the 7th graders. Joshua Lipski’s effort placed him 10th. Our 8th grade boys all cracked the top-10. Alexander Taylor earned the 3rd place medal with his 2:33. Ethan Blischke placed 5th in 2:37, and Matthew Schaber followed in 10th. On to the 200 meter races which have proved to be extra exciting at this meet in the past. Cassie Klepp got things started on a high note as she raced in to a 3rd place finish with a nice 31.19 time. Becky Bojar had a personal record 37.24 time. Our 6th grade girl sprinters proved impressive again. Madelyn Zielinski earned the 3rd place medal with her 32.32 effort. Callie Klepp and Savanna Bruton claimed the 7th and 8th place ribbons with times in the 34’s, and Natalie Radtke finished in 35.38. Mary Krmpotich had a personal record 35.43 in the 7th grade race. Terez Wycklendt posted a 29.34 time to claim the 2nd place medal. Emily Zielinski finished 9th with her 31.17 time. Nadia Seidl and Annmarie Bridge both had personal record times. Micah McKendrick and Ben Bojar finished 4th and 5th among the 7th grade boys with Micah breaking 30 seconds. Andrew Egan and Andy Forget both had personal records times. Nathan Forget and Noble Holmes had the fastest time of the day for us. Nathan came in just ahead of Noble with a 28.03. Matthew Hein had a personal record 30.62. Leoangel Soto also clocked in with his fastest time on record. The 400 meter races were next and the warm conditions would keep the personal records to a minimum. Mary LeSac managed a 1:37 and Mary Claire Egan a 1:44. Savanna Bruton did not let the heat get to her as she continued her breakout day with a fast 1:24. David Krmpotich did very well finishing in 1:33. Micah McKendrick got himself the 6th place ribbon with his 1:11, and Matthew Hein was clocked in a nice 1:15. We had made it to the 4×100 relay. Our 5th grade girls team of Cassie Klepp, Ellie Plamann, Mary LeSac, and Mary Claire Egan did a 1:11 to place 7th. Our 6th grade team of Savanna Bruton, Natalie Radtke, Callie Klepp, and Madelyn Zielinski showed off their speed once again. They earned the 2nd place medals after clocking in at 1:05. A bad handoff left our 8th grade team of Mary Krmpotich, Emily Zielinski, Joy Rasch, and Terez Wycklendt in 12th place. The 7th grade boys finished the day of racing with a 3rd place effort. Micah McKendrick, Andrew Egan, Andy Forget, and Ben Bojar did a lap in 1:00 flat to add to the teams medal haul.

This team definitely ended up being one of our best. With the weather being so bad this spring, we were fortunate to get in as many meets as we did giving the athletes a chance to display their talents. We usually have our best times of the year at this meet, but the heat was a bit excessive this time. The distance runners were slowed a little, but the sprinters still posted some very good times. It was a very nice end to another great season.

I haven’t written enough meet reports this year, so I have plenty of overdue thank you’s to write about. Thanks to all those who have volunteered in the high jump pits the last few meets. That includes the Radtke family, Jodi LeSac, Judy Chan, Daniel, Zipporah, and Faith Caspers, Jim Bojar, and especially Mr. Beck who has helped out every time. Thanks to the coaching staff of Zipporah Caspers, Clint Klepp, and Mr. Beck for helping me get the athletes ready to compete. Thanks to all the parents who drove the athletes to the races and cheered them on. Thanks to the meet hosts for inviting us and giving us the opportunity to race. It was just too hot for our camera and the camera lady. The lack of pictures will be a negative to this season. Now to exhale a little and prepare for the end-of-the-year party and then cross country in the fall. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school track and field team completed their abbreviated season at their usual setting – The Wisconsin School for the Deaf. Four teams were on hand, including one of our natural rivals, the Homeschool Eagles, who always make the competition a little more intense. The weather was perfect this time, giving the athletes one last chance to post some good results.

Field events were first on the agenda. Jacarie Rucker threw his shot 29’10” to place 2nd overall. That was 2 inches farther than Brendan Sanchez’ personal record 29’8″. Carter Lentz did a 26’6″. Lake Holmes won the girls shot put by over two feet with her 22’6″ throw. Annika Lipski and Elisabeth Krmpotich also threw over 20 feet and placed 3rd and 4th. In discus, Will Farrell and Jacarie Rucker both had tosses over 72 feet to place 2nd and 4th. Brendan Sanchez’ 68′ throw placed him 6th in a very tight event. Our girls swept the top three spots. Lake Holmes led the way with a DASH record 81’11”. Elisabeth Krmpotich and Grace Zinkgraf were the only other girls to surpass 60 feet to complete the sweep. In high jump, John Klaves was declared the winner with his 5’2″ effort. Joshua Roets was close behind clearing 5′. Alivia Kempf made it to 4′ for the girls which was good for 2nd. Elisabeth Krmpotich and Emma Taylor had nice 3’10” jumps. In long jump, Briel Holmes placed 2nd with his personal record 17’11” leap. The DASH record will have to wait for next year. John Klaves jumped past the 17′ mark and Joshua Schaber hit 16’10”. It was a strong effort from the boys. Alexandria Sherman won a very close girls long jump with her 14’5″ leap. Kayla Bruton finished 3rd and Stephanie Chu’s 12’7″ put her 7th. John Boyce triple jumped 31’11”, good for 3rd. Julia Radewahn and Alexandria Sherman were the only girls over 28′, and Alivia Kempf gave us 3 of the top 4. With our strong effort in the field events we put ourselves in very good position in the team scores heading into the running events.

Liam Westhoff got our boys 4×800 team off to a great start. From there Brian Durbin, Caleb Schaber, and Vincent Maurer eased in to victory while still posting a nice 9:43 time. Jessy Homa, Faith Caspers, and Abby Chu kept the girls close enough for Emma Taylor to move us into the lead late giving us another win. In the 110 hurdles, Carter Lentz, John Boyce, and Joshua Below swept the top 3 spots. Carter’s 20.39 lowered his DASH record. Grace Zinkgraf lowered her own DASH record with a 20.20 in a very tight heat. Alexandria Sherman won the first heat with a 21.94. The boys 100 was very fast. Jared Aguilar posted a 12.68 which was only good for 5th. Briel Holmes and Will Farrell ran well and placed 6th and 8th. Katie Gorectke and Lake Holmes went 1-3 in the first girls heat, then Kayla Bruton came from behind late to win by less than a step with her 13.66. Abby Chu placed 2nd in the 1600 with her 6:27. Faith Caspers came in 5th, and Katrina Lipski made a late charge to finish 6th. The boys race stayed close through two laps, then Caleb Schaber put some space between himself and the others to win by 4 seconds with a 5:03. Brian Durbin and Joe Maurer then sprinted in with 5:08 and 5:09 times. Our 4×200 relay teams both won pretty easily. Stephanie Chu, Grace Zinkgraf, Katie Gorectke, and Julia Radewahn got the baton around in 2:04. Carter Lentz, John Boyce, Joshua Schaber, and Briel Holmes did a nice 1:47. In the 400, Kayla Bruton gave us another victory with a 1:05. Emma Taylor was 3rd with her nice 1:09 effort, and Jessy Homa placed 6th. John Klaves led the boys with his 57.96 good for 2nd. Joshua Roets placed 5th, and Jacarie Rucker’s lap put him in 7th. Our girls 4×100 team unfortunately took a handoff outside the exchange zone. Our boys team of Jared Aguilar, Will Farrell, Jacob Parker, and Joshua Schaber lowered the DASH record and gave us another win. In the 300 hurdles, Alivia Kempf looked very good while placing 2nd in 56.65. Carter Lentz pulled ahead of Joshua Below down the home stretch to win the final heat in a DASH record 48.09. Joshua Below placed 3rd in the heat and will be looking to get his DASH record back next year. In the 800, Abby Chu surged to the front in the second lap to post the winning 2:47 time. Faith Caspers was 4th and Jessy Homa 6th. Brian Durbin, Joe Maurer, and Vincent Maurer went 2-3-4 for the boys. In the 200, our girls were superb. Kayla Bruton, Stephanie Chu, and Julia Radewahn held everyone off down the homestretch and gave us a 1-2-3 finish. Jacob Parker and Briel Holmes both posted times in the 26’s, and Joshua Schaber was clocked at 27.47. Joshua LeSac took the lead early in the 3200. It only got bigger as the race went along. His winning time was a nice 11:59. Stephanie Chu got the girls 4×400 team off to a great start. Julia Radewahn struggled at the end of her lap before getting the baton to Alivia Kempf. Alivia put up a good split, and Emma Taylor closed the gap in the closing lap, but the girls 4:44 time gave us a close 2nd. Jared Aguilar gave the boys the early lead. Then an Eagle started closing in on Joshua Roets until Joshua pulled away down the home stretch. John Klaves was then able to give us a nice lead before handing off to Caleb Schaber. Caleb gave the competition no hopes of catching him as he got to the finish in 3:58 giving us one last victory.

We did end up on top in both the girls and boys team scores. That is always our goal every year. The team really competed at a high level in everything. It was a great way to end the season and put the disappointment of so many cancelled meets behind us.

Thanks for everyone for making the long drive out to Delavan. Thanks to our coaching staff of Ed Beck, Chuck Maurer, Greg Kempf, Garrett Missiaen, and Zipporah Caspers for being on hand. Thanks to the camera lady and Zipporah for catching the moment in photos. Thanks to the Wisconsin School for the Deaf for hosting another meet for us. And thanks to the athletes who stayed ready to compete while not getting many chances. We now have another successful season behind us, and we get to start thinking ahead to the cross country and track seasons next year. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

With the threat of rain hovering, the DASH middle school track team was at Brookfield Academy yesterday to compete against three other accomplished teams from the area. Because of the rain in the forecast, the relays were dropped, but the athletes got in all of their individual events. The meet finished up in a record fast 2 hours, but that proved to be plenty of time for the athletes to show off their racing skills.

Our hurdlers got the day started. Julianna Caspers took a crack at the 10 hurdles. It took her 27 seconds to get through them, but that was the best among the 5th grade girls. Asalia White-Williams inched ahead of teammate Lillie Chavarria just before the finish as the girls both finished with nice times in the 21’s. Savannah Bruton came in close behind in 23.02. Andy Forget got off to a great start and won a convincing victory in the 7th grade division. Noble Holmes and Matthew Hein followed and went 1-2 among the 8th graders. Our hurdlers were superb.

In the 100 meter races, there were some timing issues with a couple heats, but the camera lady did catch all the action. Angela Walters won her 5th grade heat and will be our unofficial winner. Mary Claire Egan, Ellie Plamann, Anja Schoeder, and Hailey Grant also all ran well. Madelyn took 3rd a few steps ahead of Savanna Bruton. Mary Krmpotich was recorded for an official 2nd place finish among the 7th graders. Jenna Walters was 2 seconds back in 5th. Terez Wycklendt was the 6th fastest overall even if you include the boys. Her time of 13.68 time gave her a big win in the 8th grade girls division. Emily Zielinski put on a surge at the end to tie for 2nd with a 14.32. Nadia Seidl, Sara Durbin, and Libby Retkowski all raced close with times close to 17. For the boys, Simon Smrecek led our 5th grade boys, finishing ahead of Dominic Hein and Jonathan Lipski. Andrew Egan and Abiah Radtke went 2-3 among the 7th graders with times in the 14’s. Andy Forget finished close behind, followed by Leoangel Soto who looked good in his first DASH race. 8th grader Noble Holmes edged Nathan Forget to place 2nd with both boys posting times in the low 13’s. Bryant Farrell and Patrick Waddell raced in just over 15 seconds, and Luke Smrecek followed in the 18’s. I count nine top-5 finishes for the DASH team in the 100.

Our distance runners were next competing over 800 meters. Our top-notch 5th grade team went 1-2-3-4-5. That is called a perfect score in cross country. Julianna Caspers led the girls with a 3:04. Julia Kowalinski and Bedalia Radtke paced close behind with 3:09 and 3:11 times. Hellena Hacker and Grace Caspers capped off our 5th grade sweep. Joy Rasch did her two laps in 3:16 to place 4th among the 7th graders. Nathanael took the lead from the start and it only increased as he raced in with a personal best 2:46. Wow! Josiah Chu was the first 5th and under boy in with a very good 3:07 time. David Krmpotich impressed with his 3:24, and Noah Caspers was running a little sick and got through in 3:49. Abiah Radtke took 2nd among the 7th graders, with Joshua Lipski placing 6th. Alexander Taylor was challenged at the start of the 2nd lap, but his finish was too strong and he won going away with a very nice 2:31. Kaden Hacker had a very strong second lap to post a nice 2:41. Matthew Schaber gave us 3 in the top 6. Our sprinters and hurdlers were good, but our distance runners proved to be their equal.

In the 200, Angela Walters and Mary LeSac went stride for stride and finished 4th and 5th with times in the 36’s. Mary Claire Egan, Anja Schoeder, Hailey Grant, and Ellie Plamann all were very close with all breaking 40 seconds. Our 6th grade girls were unmatched taking the top-4 spots. Asalia White-Williams had the lead halfway through the turn from lane 1 and coasted to an easy victory ahead of Lillie Chavarria who finished 4th overall. In a later heat Natalie Radtke edged Madelyn Zielinski, both finishing very close to Asalia with both girls finishing in the low 33’s. Our 6th grade speed is exceptional. 7th grader Jenna Walters broke 40 seconds. 8th grader Emily Zielinski breezed to a big victory from lane 1 with a time of 30.28. Nadia Seidl looked fast and placed 7th. Annmarie Bridge was running a little injured and showed us a 38.18 before calling it a day. Libby Retkowski clearly enjoyed her 9th place finish. She runs better than she thinks. Simon Smrecek led the 5th grade boys again finishing ahead of Dominic Hein and Jonathan Lipski. 6th grader Aizak Schoeder was the only non-8th grader to break 30 seconds, coming through with a big win at 29.53. In the next heat 7th grader Micah McKendrick gave us another big victory with a personal record 30.12. Andrew Egan was next in with an inspired 32.19 effort good for 2nd. Andy Forget and Micah Chan were next giving us 4 in the top 5. We also ran Leoangel Soto and he gave us 5 of the top 7. This is fun to write about. Believe it or not, we had 5 of the top 7 8th grade boys as well. Noble Holmes and Nathan Forget had some memorable times of 27.94 and 28.25 to place 2nd and 3rd. Matthew Hein was 5th in 31.34, and he was followed by Patrick Waddell and Bryant Farrell. The other teams could not help but notice our speed.

In the 400, Mary LeSac edged Hailey Grant among the 5th graders. Natalie Radtke did a 1:22 to be the second 6th grader to the finish. Savanna Bruton finished in 1:31. I wonder if she can do that over 2 laps. Jenna Walters won a very tactical 7th grade group with her 1:30. Mary Krmpotich was able to place 3rd overall. Nice. Terez Wycklendt was in a class by herself again, this time winning by 5 seconds with a 1:12. I liked the way Sara Durbin looked with her 1:29, and Nadia Seidl had a good finish to her 1:33. Josiah Chu ran a fast 1:22 good for 2nd, and David Krmpotich looked good again and placed 4th. Aizak Schoeder had the fastest time of anyone with his 1:09. He is a star that we need to get to more meets. Micah McKendrick came in behind Aizak, but ahead of all the other 7th graders to give us another victory. Micah Chan’s effort got him a nice 3rd place finish. Leoangel Soto stayed strong to the finish and placed 5th, and Joshua Lipski was 6th with his 1:33. Patrick Waddell was our top 8th grade boy with his 1:24. Luke Smrecek ran hard to place 7th. I count 12 top-5 finishes in the 400. That’s a good day.

The meet was capped off with the mile run, boys and girls all running together. Julia Kowalinski paced Bedalia Radtke through the 4 laps with the girls finishing 1-2 in the 5th grade division with nice times of 7:11 and 7:14. Joy Rasch was 2nd among the 7th graders. Abiah Radtke was 20 seconds faster this time out and moved up into 2nd at the finish. Matthew Schaber finished in just over 7 minutes. Kaden Hacker moved up at the end to place 2nd overall, and with a very fast last lap broke 6 minutes with a 5:54. Alexander Taylor got out fast and stayed fast, giving us one last victory with his 5:45. The clock showed 6 PM sharp, making it the fastest meet in DASH history. I think you have to run fast to finish so fast, and we did.

We did not get to see our relay teams, but getting to see everyone run their individual events seems extra special with so many meet cancellations happening. Thanks to our volunteer timers, Kathy Bridge, Hillery Farrell, Mary Beck, Emma Taylor, and Stephanie Chu. Our history of volunteering helped us to get Brookfield Academy to invite us to their ‘small’ meet. We get to do their ‘big’ meet next week. Thank you, Brookfield Academy. Thanks to Mr. Beck for helping get all the athletes ready to run fast. Thanks to the camera lady and my son Daniel who got some great photos. The middle school team should be back in action Saturday and the weather forecast actually looks good. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH varsity high school team was in Union Grove last Friday to compete in the annual Pacer Relays hosted by Shoreland Lutheran. This is one of our ‘big’ meets, but it had a different feel this year coming after our first two meets that were cancelled due to snow. We would not be in peak form yet, but fortunately the other teams would not be either. To complicate things even more, the rain in the forecast held true along with wind chills in the 30’s. But with a little coaxing, the team was able to get all their scheduled events in, and leave with some respectable team scores.

Our boy 1600 relay team was first. Vince Maurer opened with a 5:33, and in the next heat Caleb Schaber, Drake Hacker, and Joe Maurer all finished in the top-10 with 5:12 and lower times. That was good for the 2nd place medals for the boys, and got us off to great start. Our 110m hurdle team was led by Hiram Gleason who clocked in at 21.01. Joshua Below and Carter Lentz joined him in getting us the 5th place points. Our girls 4×200 team proved that it is always smart to field as many relay teams as possible. Annika Lipski, Abbey Retkowski, Georgia Gleason, and Katrina Lipski had some good handoffs and finished with a 2:21. That held up for 6th place after three teams were DQ’d with bad handoffs. Good job, girls. Our boys 4×200 team of Jared Aguilar, Briel Holmes, Liam Westhoff, and Joshua Schaber posted a descent time of 1:48 despite dropping the baton. Our girls distance medley team of Katrina Lipski, Georgia Gleason, Jessy Homa, and Faith Caspers stayed steady through the 10-lap race and finished 6th. The boys team of Timothy Kowalinski, Joshua Roets, Joe Maurer, and Caleb Schaber battled to a 5th place finish in a close race where the 2nd through 8th place teams were less than a minute apart. Now the rain started coming down pretty heavy making the rest of the meet much more uncomfortable for the athletes. Our girls 4×100 team of Julia Radewahn, Lake Holmes, Grace Zinkgraf, and Kayla Bruton finished just out of the points. That race was surprisingly fast compared to past years. Our boys 4×100 team of Jared Aguilar, Will Farrell, Joshua Schaber, and Briel Holmes lowered the DASH record by just a little. If the weather was better, the boys would have lowered it by a lot. After standing around in the rain a little too long waiting for their start, our 300 hurdle team of Carter Lentz, Joshua Below, and Hiram Gleason proved to be our best ever. Carter led the way with a nice 49.56. The rain and cold continued and now it took a little coaxing to get the girls to come out from under the tent. Because the coach knows he can always count on Katrina Lipski, she got the call to be a last minute replacement in the Sprint Medley. She was joined by Grace Zinkgraf, Julia Radewahn, and Kayla Bruton. The girls got down to racing and kept it close enough for Kayla to put on a surge at the end move the team up into 3rd place. Those 3rd place Pacer Relay medals will look good on these girls. Brendan Sanchez was next to answer the coach’s call as a last minute replacement in the boys Sprint Medley. Brendan, Will Farrell, Joshua Schaber, and Briel Holmes finished in 1:59 and displayed their mettle with some good racing. The girls 4×800 team of Katrina Lipski, Georgia Gleason, Jessy Homa, and Faith Caspers gave us a nice 6th place finish. The boys team of Vincent Maurer, Liam Westhoff, Josh Wynne, and Joe Maurer matched the girls and picked up the 6th place points. The much looked forward to Throwers 4×100 relay was next. On the DASH team, our throwers run much more in practice than others so we always have high expectations for this race. The girls team of Annika Lipski, Lake Holmes, Abbey Retkowski, and Grace Zinkgraf did not disappoint, keeping all but one team behind them while earning themselves the 2nd place medals. The boys team of Ethan Retkowski, Will Farrell, Brendan Sanchez, and Carter Lentz got the baton around very quickly and will also be showing off some 2nd place Pacer Relay medals. Very nice! 4×400 time had finally arrived. Julia Radewahn, Jessy Homa, Faith Caspers, and Kayla Bruton each gave us one more lap in the rain and picked the team up another 3 points for their efforts. Jared Aguilar, Joshua Roets, Timothy Kowalinski, and Caleb Schaber capped the night off with a 4:03. Except we were able to scrap together a coach’s relay team. Mrs. Aguilar got things started running in boots and a skirt. Mr. Sanchez then looked fast racing down the backstretch. Coach Caspers and Coach Mr. Beck finished up the cold and wet day of racing.

I did not get to see the field events, but the results show we did pretty good. Lake Holmes led the girl shot putters with a 21′ effort. Abbey Retkowski and Annika Lipski had throws over 19′. Grace Zinkgraf and Abbey Retkowski had discus throws of 49′ and Annika Lipski did a 44′. For the boys, in shot put, Brendan Sanchez had a nice 28′ throw, Carter Lentz 26′, and Ethan Retkowski 23′. In discus, Will Farrell just missed the DASH record with his 79′ throw. Brendan Sanchez has a personal best 71′ effort, and Ethan Retkowski landed a 47′ throw. Joshua Roets had a good day in the high jump topping out at 5′. Our long jump and triple jumpers both surprisingly placed 4th overall. Briel Holmes had a 17’01.75″ leap, good for 10th overall. Hiram Gleason went past 14′ and Joshua Schaber jumped 13’9″. In triple jump, Liam Westhoff had a personal record 31’4″ effort. Hiram Gleason and Joshua Below had successful jumps which was better than most teams.

In the team scores, the boys finished 7th out the 15 teams with 46.5 points. I call that a good day. The girls were 8th overall with 32 points. Considering we only had 11 girls this time out, that score holds up well. We have just three meets left on the schedule now. It seems like we should have more. With the hearty effort given this time out, I am confident the team will make the most of them.

Thanks to everyone for sticking around as long as you did and not having us scratch any events. Thanks to the coaching staff for helping keep things organized. Thanks to Shoreland Lutheran for hosting, and getting us through another great meet. Unfortunately, the camera was put away early and I will not be posting any photos this time. Thinking positive, we should have our full team on hand this coming Thursday. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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