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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

 

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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

Hello DASH families,

After two meet cancellations, eighteen DASH high school athletes competed outdoors for the first time this season at Kettle Moraine Lutheran high school yesterday. The weather was perfect helping the team post some very impressive results.

Jessi McIntyre got the running day started by gracefully getting through the 100 hurdles in 22.76. Carter Lentz, Hiram Gleason powered their way, a little less gracefully, through the 110 hurdles with 20 nice second times. Ben Forget had trouble finding his rhythm and made it through in 24. In the 100, Alexandria Sherman posted a 15.30 in her first DASH race. Georgia Gleason and Jessi McIntyre posted almost identical times in the 16’s, and Naomi Zhou finished in just over 19 seconds. Jacob Parker led the way for the boys with his fast 12.80. John Boyce came in just ahead of Parker Lentz and John Shane, all with times in the 13’s, and Josh Wynne finished in 14.25. Joshua LeSac ran four laps in just 5:29. He has really improved since last year. Our 4×200 relay team of Carter Lentz, John Boyce, Ben Forget, and Liam Westhoff did very well and finished in 1:48. Jessi McIntyre was brought back by popular demand, and after a little cleaning up, to run a 400 and did well with a 1:23. Faith Caspers posted a 1:18 in the next heat. Matthew Kowalinski led the boys with a fast 1:04. John Shane looked very good while posting a 1:06. He has really turned into a runner. Josh Wynne did a 1:10 lap, and Timothy Tousignant warmed up with a 1:16. Our 4×100 team of Jacob Parker, Hiram Gleason, Liam Westhoff, and Parker Lentz got the baton around in 51 seconds, good for 3rd overall. The boys have plenty of depth in sprinters this year. The coach especially wanted to see the 300 hurdlers and they did very well. Carter Lentz and John Boyce both posted times in the 51’s, and Hiram Gleason came in with a 52. Ben Forget showed us some potential, and with a little more practice his 1:02 will be coming down considerably. In the 800, Naomi Zhou ran in the outside lanes through the first lap which hurt her time. Liam Westhoff’s very good second lap helped him to a nice 2:32. Josh Wynne’s very good first lap helped him to a 2:40. Daniel Caspers ran a steady 2:57. We had four boys going head-to-head in the same 200 heat. Jacob Parker led the way with an impressive 27.10. He was followed by Carter Lentz, Parker Lentz, and Timothy Tousignant. Joshua LeSac completed our day of racing with a 12:18 time over 8 laps. Nice.

In field events our triple jumpers led the way. Alexandria Sherman posted a 29’6″ hop, skip, and jump which is the new DASH record. John Boyce triple jumped 32’6″, Liam Westhoff 31′, and Hiram Gleason went 28′. Faith Caspers long jumped for the first time in 2 years and did an 11’7″. Georgia Gleason also went over 11 feet, and Jessi McIntyre went over 8. For the boys, Hiram Gleason went past 14 feet, Jacob Parker and Parker Lentz both jumped past 13 feet, and Timothy Tousignant will be looking to improve his form. In shot put, Carter Lentz, Ben Forget, and John Shane showed the coach some potential, but were throwing after their running events which was unfortunate.

We needed a meet like this where the weather cooperated and the athletes could post some times. That will help me get these athletes into the proper events in the meets ahead. Several of the athletes did much better than I expected. You can’t ask for more than that. Now we get to start thinking about the Pacer Relays today, and the Waukesha South outdoor meet next week, and beyond. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Kettle Moraine Lutheran for hosting such a well run meet and not cancelling on us. And thanks to the camera crew of the camera lady, Daniel Caspers, and Faith Caspers for getting some nice photos. It is nice to be kept busy with track work. It beats shoveling snow.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school track team was able to put the snow and the cold behind them and get their season started with some beautiful weather in Delavan at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf last Tuesday. The competition was very good this year with six teams on hand, including one of our natural rivals, the Home School Eagles. It would be a good early-season test for this promising team. With a team this big I will unfortunately only be able to cover some of the highlights of the days events.

In shot put, Nathan Forget showed off his strength with a 27’8″ throw. Bryant Farrell had a personal record 26’5″ effort, and Luke Smrecek got his season started with a 21′ throw. Libby Retkowski led the girls with a throw past 21′. Mary LeSac proved she can compete with the bigger girls with her nice 18’6″ effort. Asalia White-Williams’ put her shot to the 18’5″ mark. Noble Holmes launched his discus over 87 feet as he eyes the DASH record. DASH veteran Bryant Farrell had another personal best with his 69′ toss, and Joshua Lipski did well with his 56′ throw. Libby Retkowski and Mary Krmpotich led the way for the girls with both girls landing their discus past the 40 foot mark. Annmarie Bridge gave us a good trio with her 37′ throw. Noble Holmes, Matthew Hein, and Ben Bojar finished 3rd, 4th, and 5th in the long jump. Madelyn Zielinski, Callie Klepp, and Natalie Radtke were are top 3 girl long jumpers. Julianna Caspers cleared 3’4″ in the high jump to place 5th. The throws were good; the jumpers will be better in the meets ahead.

The 55 meter hurdles got the running events started. Matthew Hein looked great in winning the final heat. Andy Forget, Patrick Waddell, and Ethan Blischke all finished up very close behind Matthew. Lille Chavarria and Asalia White-Williams went 1-2 in the hurdles for the girls. Very nice. Ben Bojar clocked in just ahead of Noble Holmes in the 100. For the girls, Terez Wycklendt was first overall with a very fast 13.78 time. Emily Zielinski and Cassie Klepp gave us 3 in the top 4. In the 1600, the girls race stayed very close through 2 laps, but then Julianna Caspers and an Eagle girl broke away and battled each other to low 6:30’s times. Bedalia Radtke did very well in her first 1600 with a 7:04 3rd place finish. Ethan Blischke and Alexander Taylor jockeyed for position through three laps in a very competitive boys race, and then held off everyone for a 1-2 finish. Nathanael Chu set a personal record 6:08. Out distance runners are looking very good. We fielded the top two girls 4×100 teams. Lillie Chavarria, Savanna Bruton, Asalia White-Williams, and Madelyn Zielinski got the baton around in 1:04 to finish just ahead of teammates Callie Klepp, Sara Durbin, Mary LeSac, and Mary Krmpotich. The team of Ellie Plamann, Mary Claire Egan, Hailey Grant, and Libby Retkowski was the top ‘c’ team. Our boys 4×100 teams all came out ahead as well. Ben Bojar, Micah Chan, Nathan Forget, and Micah McKendrick won a very tight race and set a new DASH record of 57.16. Wow! Our team of Andy Forget, Andrew Egan, Matthew Hein, and Bryant Farrell placed 3rd overall, and the team of David Krmpotich, Simon Smrecek, Josiah Chu, and Luke Smrecek posted a nice 1:14 time. Our depth will help us in relays this year. In the 400, Terez Wycklendt was back to her winning ways posting a 1:14. Callie Klepp and Lillie Chavarria both broke 1:20 and placed in the top-6. Micah McKendrick raced a personal best 1:09, good for 3rd, and Drew Pflederer looked fast with his 1:16. In the 200, we put 5 girls in the top 6. Emily Zielinski, Cassie Klepp, Asalia White-Williams, Natalie Radtke, and Madelyn Zielinski showed us a lot of speed. For the boys, Nathan Forget edged Alexander Taylor with both placing in the top-4. Matthew Hein won his earlier heat with a nice 31.19 time. Our distance runners were back out for the 800. Our young tandem of Julianna Caspers and Bedalia Radtke posted fast 3:11 and 3:14 times. Joy Rasch came in next with a 3:31. Ethan Blischke raced in with a 2:43, and Nathanael Chu followed with a personal record 2:54. The 4×200 is the last event at this meet and it always proves exciting. Mary Claire Egan, Hailey Grant, Ellie Plamann, and Julianna Caspers came from behind to place 5th overall. Mary Krmpotich, Natalie Radtke, Mary LeSac, and Sara Durbin ran a nice 2:27 for 4th, and our ‘a’ team of Cassie Klepp, Callie Klepp, Terez Wycklendt, and Emily Zielinski cruised to a big victory with their 2:11. I was impressed. For the boys, the team of David Krmpotich, Dominic Hein, Joshua Lipski, and Simon Smrecek posted a 2:43. The team of Micah Chan, Andrew Egan, Matthew Schaber, and Nathan Forget showed their mettle while posting a 2:15. Our ‘a’ team of Ben Bojar, Micah McKendrick, Alexander Taylor, and Noble Holmes found themselves in a very close 3-team battle. Then the Eagles botched the last handoff and gave our boys a lead that they never relinquished as they went on to give us one last victory with their 1:59. Winning both 4×200’s is always the best way to end a day of racing!

I thought our team did outstanding for the first meet of the year. Our weeks of practicing in the cold are paying off. We have a few things to work on, and even a few more athletes to add in to the mix, but this looks to be one of the best teams we have ever had. The boys 4×100 DASH record attests to that. We have a lot of exciting racing ahead. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to all the parents who turned into DASH fans lining the fence cheering the athletes on. Thanks to Mr. Beck for his help with the coaching. Thanks to the Wisconsin School for the Deaf for hosting. And thanks to the camera lady and Daniel Caspers for catching the action in photos. Next week we will get to see this team twice. You will not want to miss it.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

We got to see a portion of the 2018 version of our high school boys team for the first time last Friday night at Waukesha South high school. Eighteen of our boys suited up to compete against 13 other big schools in the area. This is one of our most talented teams on paper. The time had arrived to see them in action.

Field events were first on the schedule. John Boyce triple jumped for the first time and landed a 32’5″. That’s just 2 feet short of the DASH record. Joshua Below set a personal record with a 30′ effort. In the long jump, Briel Holmes and Joshua Schaber became the 5th and 6th DASH athletes to go past the 17′ mark and the first two to do so indoors. Joshua Roets cleared 4’6 in the high jump. John Klaves had cleared 5’4″ until the bar fell down as he was getting off the mat. He settled for 5’2″. Brendan Sanchez got off to a good start, throwing his shot 29’4″. Carter Lentz muscled it past 26′. This years team looks to be making field events one of our strengths.

Our experienced 4×800 team was seeded 2nd and that is where they finished. Brian Durbin, Tim Kowalinski, Vincent Maurer, and Caleb Schaber raced the baton around the track 20 times in 9:52 for a new DASH indoor record. Joshua Below broke 11 seconds in the high hurdles. Freshman Ben Forget held up well in his first high school event. In the 60 yard DASH, Briel Holmes, Jared Aguilar, and Carter Lentz all got into the same heat. All three broke 8 seconds with Briel edging Jared by .1 second for a new DASH record 7.38. We have plenty of speed this year. In the mile, Joe Maurer stayed with the pack for the first half of the race. He then made a surge to the front and dropped everyone finishing in 5:13. Joe looks ready to have a big year. Our team speed was on display again as our 4×240 team of Jared Aguilar, John Boyce, Parker Lentz, and John Klaves lowered the team record by two seconds. Joshua Roets took the lead early in the final 400 heat, but then struggled coming in just ahead of a surging Tim Kowalinski. Joshua had hurt his hamstring and called it a day. It is good we don’t have a meet for a few weeks. The 4×160 relay was next, and yes, the boys came in just ahead of the DASH record we set last year. The new standard set by Carter Lentz, Jacob Parker, Joshua Below, and Joshua Schaber is 1:29.59. Nice. Ben Forget was back hurdling in the low hurdles. He came in just ahead of John Boyce. Our hurdlers need a lot more practice, but are very promising. In the 800, Vincent Maurer faded a little at the end, but posted a respectable 2:39. Brian Durbin got stuck in heavy traffic throughout, but managed a 2:25, and Caleb Schaber was able to break out of the pack and post a really good 2:19 early season time. In the 200, Joshua Schaber was able stay just ahead of freshman Jacob Parker. Joshua and Jacob both broke the DASH indoor record with Joshua going under 28 seconds. Briel Holmes struggled with the sharp turns, but still managed a 28.28. All three were in the top nine.  Joshua LeSac took the track next for his first 2-mile. Joshua looked very comfortable pounding out the 20 laps and exceeded all expectations with his 12:22 3rd place finish. We had three scratches for the 4×400, but our revised team of Carter Lentz, Jared Aguilar, Joshua Below, and Joe Maurer all gave great effort to finish the day of racing with a 4:17.

I have never had a team with this much speech or jumping ability. Our distance runners also look very good as usual. We have two of our varsity discus throwers back and some talent at shot. I am sure you can tell I am excited about the boys prospects in the meets ahead! I hope to you there.

Thanks for Ed Beck and Chuck Maurer for being on hand to help with the coaching. Thanks to our team of photographers, Daniel Caspers, Faith Caspers, and Julianna Caspers. In all but a few events we have great photos. Thanks to Waukesha South for letting us compete once again in their indoor facilities. And thanks to the numerous DASH fans who came out to see the boys and cheer them on. It was fun.

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.