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Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school track team completed their season once again at the legendary Quad Park in Milwaukee. It was nice to have them back in action after the previous meet’s rainout. This week the weather was mostly sunny and warm. It would be a good day to get some good times on the fast track.

The 1600 was the first event on the schedule. Julianna Caspers got the team its first top-3 medal with her 3rd place finish. Julia Kowalinski had a personal best 7:20 to place 7th, and Grace Caspers stayed just ahead of Mary LeSac who was running her first 1600 of the year. Joy Rasch did four laps in 7:05 to place 4th among the 6th graders, and Heidi Talbert was just a few paces behind to place 6th. Both Joy and Heidi went well under their personal records. Noah Caspers got his first chance at the 1600. He kept up with the bigger boys for a while and settled for having a better time than his sister. The 7th grade boys race was maybe the best I’ve ever seen with 10 boys going under 6 minutes. Ethan Blischke and Alexander Taylor were both in that group. Well done. Joshua LeSac just missed getting under 6 minutes with his 6:01. In the 100, Madelyn Zielinski placed 3rd overall, and Savanna Bruton won her heat and placed 9th. Hailey Grant came in ahead of Alexa Bruton in another heat. Our little girls were good. Zanna Hughes broke 17 seconds, and Gigi Edlund was clocked at 17.18 in the 6th grade division. Emily Zielinski overcame a slow start and finished 4th overall, and Alexa Dawson had a nice 14.91 time. Simon Smrecek was our fastest 5th grade boy coming in ahead of Johnathan Lipski. Andy Forget had a personal record. Nathan Forget really caught our eye with his 14.55. He can run. Ian Esterle edged Bryant Farrell as they ran side by side in the same heat. Alex Hilbelink’s fast 13.27 was good for 5th place, and Ben Forget finished in 14.73. In the 4×400 our 5th grade girls team of Savanna Bruton, Julia Kowalinski, Angela Walters, and Julianna Caspers posted a low 5:46 time. They looked good. The 6th grade team of Joy Rasch, Heidi Talbert, Jenna Walters, and Zanna Hughes exceeded the coach’s expectations going 15 seconds faster than last time. Our 7th grade boys team of Ethan Blischke, Nathan Forget, Micah McKendrick, and Alexander Taylor were competitive with the 8th grade teams and won the 2nd place medals in their division. Our distance runners were back again for the 800. Julianna Caspers won another 3rd place medal, and Julia Kowalinski was the next runner giving us two in the top 4. Grace Caspers’ time was good for 7th overall. Joy Rasch and Heidi Talbert both won top-8 ribbons in the 6th grade race. Silas Johnson came on strong at the end to move up to 8th. Charlie Johnson did a 3:20. For a 3rd grader that is very good. Joshua Lipski was 13th in the 6th grade race. In a tight 7th grade race, Alexander Taylor stayed with Ethan Blischke the whole way, and came in a step ahead with his 2:43. Joshua LeSac won the 3rd place medal with an impressive showing, and Daniel Caspers’ 3:19 was good for 9th. We have a history of doing well in the 200 at this meet, and this year would be no exception. Madelyn Zielinski had a great surge at the end and was clocked at 33.21. That gave her the victory in the 5th grade division. Angela Walters broke 35 seconds to give us two in the top-6. Julianna Caspers came in just ahead of 3rd grader Hailey Grant. Emily Zielinski came down the home stretch with a nice lead and hung on to win by .02 second. This is the 2nd year in a row Emily has won the 200 at this big meet. Alexa Dawson’s 32.06 was good for the 7th place ribbon. Rebecca Bruton did a nice 33.03. Simon Smrecek was our top 5th grade boy. Micah McKendrick cracked the top-10 in the 6th grade race. Andy Forget had a personal record 33.56. Micah Chan had a seasonal best 36.42. Nathan Forget carried his hat to a 31.93, and Bryant Farrell had a personal record 35.21. Alex Hilbelink did a 27.82 in a very fast 8th grade boys race. In the 400, Angela Walters raced around in just 1:21 to place 4th. Julianna Caspers ran again and did a 1:28. Mary LeSac had a personal record 1:34. Zanna Hughes won the 8th place ribbon with her 1:27. Silas Johnson was 11th with a 1:21. Charlie Johnson did his lap in 1:31 as did Micah Chan. Matthew Schaber was clocked at 1:35. Alex Taylor ran as an 8th grader. His 1:12 put him just ahead of Joshua LeSac and Ben Forget. I signed up seven 4×100 teams so the athletes could get on the track one last time. Our 5th grade girls team of Madelyn Zielinski, Angela Walters, Mary LeSac, and Savanna Bruton placed 4th in a tight race. Our 6th grade team that had but one 6th grader was amazing. Jenna Walters, Hailey Grant, Grace Caspers, and Julianna Caspers did a 1:04 to place 4th. That’s a great time. Our 8th grade team of Rebecca Bruton, Emily Zielinski, Annika Lipski, and Alexa Dawson placed 5th overall with a 1:03. Our girls were fast. Our 5th grade boys team of Simon Smrecek, Charlie Johnson, Noah Caspers, and Silas Johnson won the 8th place ribbons. The 6th grade team of Andy Forge, Micah Chan, Joshua Lipski, and Micah McKendrick placed 6th. Our 7th grade team of Ian Esterle, Ethan Blischke, Alexander Taylor, and Nathan Forget had a descent 1:02 time to place 6th. Our 8th grade boys team of Ben Forget, Daniel Caspers, Joshua LeSac, and Alex Hilbelink did a 1:00 time to finish up the big day of racing.

We also had some field event highlights. Alexa Dawson threw her shot put 23’5″ to place 5th. Our high school team could use that. Annika Lipski placed 11th. Bryant Farrell had a nice 26’9″ throw to place 4th. Luke Smrecek was just over 20 feet, and Matthew Schaber had a personal record 17’3″. Daniel Caspers showed off his muscles with a 21’10” effort. That was three feet farther than Joshua LeSac’s throw. Mary LeSac was our top girl softball thrower. Micah Chan threw his softball 94 feet to earn the 8th place ribbon. Joshua Lipski cracked the top-10 with his 90′ throw. In long jump, Joy Rasch and Gigi Edlund both went over 9 feet, and Alexa Dawson topped out at 10’10”. For the boys, Silas Johnson and Simon Smrecek went past 9 feet, and Charlie Johnson did a 8’7″. Andy Forget broke 10 feet. Ethan Blischke went past 12′, and Alex Hilbelink was measured at 15’10”. Joshua Lipski won the 1st place medal in discus for the second year in a row, this year winning by over 8 feet. Well done.

Another year of track is in the books. That makes 12 seasons now for the DASH team. We had a good group of 8th graders this year. Unfortunately, not all of them will be accepting their invitation to join the high school team next year. We wish them well. The weather is warming up. It is time to start hitting the trails to get ready for cross country. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Ed Beck for his help with the coaching. Thanks to the big group of DASH fans on hand to cheer the athletes on. Thanks to the camera lady, Zipporah Caspers, and Faith Caspers for getting plenty of photos. And thanks to the Marquette High School crew that hosted the meet and did all the timing. Another great year of DASH racing is in the books.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school track and field team completed their season last Thursday at the Wisconsin School of the Deaf in Delavan. It’s conference week in high school track, and we are fortunate to get to race the Homeschool Eagles from the Beloit/Janesville area. Our team has grown in size the last few years, and this year the Eagles would prove to be a worthy rival. The rain held off, and it turned out to be a great day to compete one last time this year.

In long jump, Kayla Bruton’s 14’6″ leap was good for first. Rebecca Doak and Abby Chu both made it past 12 feet. John Klaves had a personal best 17’6.75″ jump to win by 2 inches. Joe Maurer was marked at 15’4″, and Joshua Schaber 14’8″. We had some boys try triple jump for the first time this year. John Klaves set a DASH record 34’5″ to place 2nd, and Joshua Below was over 29 feet. We need to keep the boys doing triple jump next year. Julia Radewahn triple jumped 28’11” to win by almost two feet. Very nice. Ella Johnson was a late addition to the event and did a respectable 23 feet. In high jump, Faith Caspers and Alivia Kempf both made it over the 4′ bar, and Becky Tabler topped out at 3’10”. Joshua Roets looked good for a first time high jumper. 4’10” was his best. John Klaves could not resist getting in the high jump as well. I signed him up and he jumped exhibition. John’s natural athleticism got him over 5’4″. Grace Zinkgraf took second in discus with a 62’9″. Emma Taylor had a personal best 58’11”, and Zipporah Caspers went past 53′. Ben Bridge broke his DASH record with an 80’2″ throw. Will Farrell broke the old record as well with his nice 79’7″ effort. Brendan Sanchez had a personal record 69’4″. Good job guys. Zoe Smith had her best shot put throw of the year at 22’9″. Rebecca Doak, after an impressive audition before the meet, was given a chance and threw her shot 22′. Emma Taylor was just short of 20′. Our boy shot putters threw it over 10 feet farther than the competition. Elijah Edlund extended his DASH record to 34’5″. Samuel Zinkgraf had a personal best 33’6″, and Brendan Sanchez had his own personal best throw of 29’7″. That was an impressive showing from the boys.

We had two pretty good 4×800 teams. Kayla Walters, Emma Taylor, Becky Tabler, and Zipporah Caspers ran well and had the lead after six laps. The girls broke 12 minutes, but the Eagles had many of their stars in this relay and came out on top. The boys team of Vincent Maurer, Tim Kowalinski, Zach Pape, and Brian Durbin posted a very good 9:35, but came up two seconds short of the Eagles. Those would be the only relays they would win. Grace Zinkgraf placed 3rd in the 100 hurdles, and Ella Johnson 5th. In the 110 hurdles, Joshua Below, Elijah Edlund, and Patrick Mazza went 2-3-4. Kayla Bruton did 100 meters in 13.68 to win easily. Zoe Smith and Rebecca Doak came in together to place 3rd and 4th. Samuel Zinkgraf and Jared Aguilar had times in the 12’s, Will Farrell hit 13.10, and Brendan Sanchez was in the low 14’s. The 1600 was next. Olivia Chapman controlled the race from start to finish, and finished in just under 6 minutes. Abby Chu pulled away from the Eagles good distance runners. Her personal best 6:03 was good for 2nd. Kayla Walters enjoyed her 5th place effort. Justin Chu set a fast early pace, and came in just under his personal best with a 4:52. Caleb Schaber had another great effort, racing in with a 5:02 to place 2nd. Joe Maurer was 4th with a fast 5:08. Our girls 4×200 team of Grace Zinkgraf, Emma Taylor, Ella Johnson, and Julia Radewahn ended up far in front with a 2:06. The boys team of Jared Aguilar, Ben Hughes, Will Farrell, and Joshua Schaber did a nice 1:48 unchallenged. In the 400, Rebecca Doak came in a very close 3rd place with a personal best 1:08. Becky Tabler gave us another 1:09 to place 4th. John Klaves came in 2nd, just a step behind 1st with a great time of 56.62. Tim Kowalinski did a nice 59.27 for 3rd. Joshua Roets and Ben Bridge both ran while not at 100%, yet finished with nice 1:01 and 1:03 times. In the 4×100, our girls team of Grace Zinkgraf, Julia Radewahn, Abby Chu, and Zoe Smith won by over 5 seconds. Our boys team of Jared Aguilar, Ben Hughes, Will Farrell, and Joshua Schaber did a routine 52.48 for the win. In the 300 hurdles, Alivia Kempf’s 55.42 was good for 2nd, and Ella Johnson looked good while winning her early heat to place 4th. Our boys raced each other, and that was enough to push Joshua Below to break the long standing DASH record. The new record now stands at 48.18. Elijah Edlund and Patrick Mazza gave us a 1-2-3 finish. In the 800, Olivia Chapman, Abby Chu, Zipporah Caspers, and one Eagle girl paced together through the first lap. Olivia had the lead coming to the home stretch, but the Eagle girl got her by less than a step at the finish. The girls posted some nice times. Olivia did a 2:40, and Abby Chu posted a 2:45. Zipporah, in her last high school race, got a personal record 2:50. Very nice. Our boys came in way ahead of the competition. Justin Chu, Caleb Schaber, and Brian Durbin stayed close the whole way. Justin’s 2:15 put him two seconds ahead of Caleb and Brian. Those boys looked great. In the 200, Kayla Bruton was in a class by herself, winning by over a second with her 28.58. Julia Radewahn broke 30 seconds and just missed 2nd place. Zoe Smith’s 30.90 gave us 3 in the top 4. Samuel Zinkgraf, Ben Hughes, Joshua Schaber, and Elijah Edlund were all in the 26-27 second range and ended up 3rd through 6th. In the 3200, Kayla Walters got her time down to 14:14 in her favorite event. Becky Tabler and Ella Johnson also set personal records with times in the 15’s. Joe Maurer won a race to the finish while posting a nice 11:39. Vince Maurer has his time down to 12:26, and Zachariah Pape hit expectations with his 13:30. Well done. We were down to the 4×400. It would be our last opportunity to see long-time DASH stars Justin Chu and Samuel Zinkgraf race. Justin Chu got our ‘A’ team started. He got the baton around in about 56 seconds, but the Eagles were still staying with us. Brian Durbin got our ‘B’ team started. They stayed close. Caleb Schaber took the baton from Justin and put us in the lead after two laps. Jared Aguilar did a fast 57 split and got his team even with the Eagles. John Klaves took over for Caleb and was able to break the race in our ‘A’ teams favor. Joshua Below went stride for stride with Eagles third runner. Our ‘B’ team was making the Eagles a little nervous. The Eagles had a very good anchor, but he had no success in trying to catch Samuel Zinkgraf. Our ‘A’ team won by 5 seconds with their 3:50. Tim Kowalinski ran anchor for our ‘B’ team which also ended up breaking 4 minutes. Wow! Meanwhile the girls were also racing at the same time as the boys. Rebecca Doak started for the girls, but we fell behind some when the Eagles ran their fastest girl first. Emma Taylor had a nice split, but the Eagles team was proving to be very good, and Emma was not able to cut into their lead. Olivia Chapman then got her turn and she worked hard to get us to within just a few steps of the lead. We had one more lap to get ahead, and fortunately we had Kayla Bruton to carry the baton. Kayla got the lead after the first turn, but the Eagle anchor stayed close through the second turn. Then Kayla showed off her speed one more time down the home stretch. Kayla pulled away and got us the win. It took a DASH record 4:31 to win by four seconds. That really made the day special.

The whole season was amazing. We had such a good team last year, yet this year’s team was still able to set, by my count, 26 DASH records. How can you not be proud of this team! But teams change from year to year, and it is going to be hard to see our seniors, including long-time DASH stars like Justin, Samuel, and Zipporah leave us. They have not only been award-winning athletes, but they have been our leaders. The DASH team will never be the same without them, but the younger athletes that they have mentored leave the team with a bright future. We wish our seniors the best as our thoughts move on to the future.

Thanks to our coaching staff of Ed Beck, Chuck Maurer, Greg Kempf, and Garrett Missiaen for all being on hand to help. Thanks to all the parents who got the athletes all the way to Delavan ready to compete. Thanks to the folks at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf for hosting another great meet. And thanks to the camera lady, Hataya Johnson, and Faith Caspers for getting us another set of great photos. Cross country anyone? I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

Our high school team was back in action last Saturday at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. It would be our first time at the JV Jamboree. It was a perfect day for our JV athletes to shine, and have some of our varsity athletes try some new events and fill out our relay teams. Racing against the many Division 1 teams on hand would keep the races very competitive and push us to some fast late-season times.

The 4×800 got the day of racing started as usual. Emma Taylor ran the first 800 for us and kept us near the leaders as four teams broke away from the others. Jessy Homa and Becky Tabler ran well and kept us within striking distance, and then Olivia Chapman got hold of the baton, sized up the situation, and methodically moved us up to 3rd. We had our first set of top-3 relay medals. Caleb Schaber started for the boys and again we were one of four teams running near the front. Brian Durbin and Tim Kowalinski kept the baton moving fast, and then Justin Chu was able to move us up to 3rd place in the last lap. Our 9:18 time got us another set of medals. In the 100 hurdles, Ella Johnson had a personal best 21.14. Grace Zinkgraf was also in the 21’s. In the 110 hurdles, Joshua Below came in just ahead of Elijah Edlund with a 21.68 time, and Patrick Mazza made it through in 24.20. Zoe Smith and Rebecca Doak raced side by side in a 100 heat with Zoe coming in a step ahead. John Klaves broke 13 seconds for the first time, and Jared Aguilar lowered his personal best time to 12.68. Very nice. In the 1600, Abby Chu moved up into 4th just before the bell lap and then sped by another at the finish line to claim the 3rd place medal with a 6:08 time. She is getting close to breaking 6 minutes now. Kayla Walters ran well and had a season best 6:30. Vincent Maurer sped away from everyone in the first heat of the boys mile and posted a personal best 5:21. I really like that time. Zachary Pape did a 6:07, and Zachary Werner lowered his personal record by 30 seconds. In the 4×200, Meg Mazza, Zoe Smith, and Emma Taylor put us on a DASH record setting pace, but we were still several steps behind the leaders. Kayla Bruton then showed off her speed and helped us be a part of a 3 team photo finish for 2nd. We ended up in 3rd, but with the same 1:57.62 time as 2nd. That’s a new DASH record, and one I have been waiting for. We had two boys teams battle it out in the 4×200 and they both ran well and stayed close. Ben Hughes, John Klaves, Zachariah Pape, and Samuel Zinkgraf came in a second ahead of Jared Aguilar, Brian Durbin, Patrick Mazza, and Joshua Schaber. In the 400, Katrina Lipski got a personal record 1:25. Julia Radewahn got in a fast heat and did a 1:11, and Becky Tabler won her heat, placing 4th overall with an impressive 1:09. Tim Kowalinski won his heat, and just missed breaking a minute. The scoreboard and my watch had him under it. Justin Chu and Caleb Schaber went head-to-head in the last heat. It took a DASH 400 meter record 56.06 from Justin to hold off the freshman. Both Justin and Caleb finished in the top-5. Meg Mazza, Zoe Smith, Rebecca Doak, and Kayla Bruton were set up to break the DASH record and they did handily with their 55.91. Well done. Grace Zinkgraf, Abby Chu, Katie Gorectke, and Olivia Chapman were set up to stay close to the record setters, but a dropped baton pushed them back to a 1:01. Our 4×100 boys team of Jared Aguilar, Joshua Schaber, Ben Hughes, and Samuel Zinkgraf was also set up to lower the DASH record, but the baton proved too hard to handle and the boys settled for a 51.74. It was now time to run around watching our 300 hurdlers. Ella Johnson got through the eight hurdles in a personal record 58.40. Alivia Kempf’s 55.39 earned her the 6th place medal. Yes, she got one! For the boys, Patrick Mazza made it through in 57.90, Elijah Edlund was clocked in 53.75, and Joshua Below won his heat and broke 50 seconds for the first time. 49.73 is Joshua’s new standard. In the 800, Naomi Zhou got off to a nice start and finished with a personal record. Katrina Lipski was very happy with her 3:26 time, and Jessy Homa moved up with a surge at the finish that really got the DASH fans excited. Vincent Maurer looked a little tired after his fast 1600, but did end up with a season best 2:33.  Zoe Smith, Katie Gorectke, and Julia Radewahn all raced in the same 200 heat. The girls stayed very close, and all finished in the mid to high 30 second range with Zoe’s time just fast enough to win the 6th place medal.  For the boys, Tim Kowalinski did a nice 27.15, and Joshua Schaber followed with a 27.00. Ben Hughes battled his way to personal record 26.49 in a close heat. Ben keeps getting better each time out.  The sun was beating down on the girls in the 3200, keeping the opening pace slow. Kayla Walters thought it too slow and made her move to the front by the second lap. No one was able to catch up. Kayla had given us our first victory of the day.  We did not have to wait long for another victory as Drake Hacker ran away from the pack in the boys 3200.  Drake’s 11:18 put him 28 seconds ahead of 2nd place.  I tried to make our two girls 4×400 teams as evenly matched as I could, yet we still ended up as the top two seeds. Rebecca Doak came in ahead of Julia Radewahn through the first lap, but a good Franklin team was in the lead.  Rebecca got the baton to Katie Gorectke with a perfect handoff keeping Abby Chu pacing several steps behind Katie through the second lap.  Alivia Kempf took over for Katie.  Ella Johnson would take her turn trying to close the gap with Alivia and the still first place Franklin team.  Alivia came around just a step ahead of Ella, and the Racine Case team had moved up to close behind Ella.  We now had a tight four-team race. Olivia Chapman would take over for Ella, but she would start out a little behind Kayla Bruton. Not an enviable place to be. Kayla took off fast with her eyes on the Franklin team ahead. By the second turn she had taken over the lead and was not slowing down.  Olivia was edging closer to the Franklin team as she headed for the home stretch. The Case team had fallen back. Kayla kept up her torrid pace to the finish. Her 1:02 split was just too good as was the team’s 4:36 time.  Olivia crossed in 4:41, a second behind Franklin for 3rd place. They hit their 4:41 seed time exactly. Great job, girls! The boys 4×400 teams were also pretty evenly matched. Caleb Schaber came in just ahead of Brian Durbin in the first lap. Elijah Edlund did the second lap after Caleb, but Joshua Below kept the race close. Vincent Maurer took the baton from Elijah, but he had the hard task of holding off John Klaves.  John did eventually overtake Vince which gave Samuel Zinkgraf a head start on Justin Chu.  Samuel and Justin both split 57 seconds just as they have done all year. That was a nice way to end another great day of racing.

We had some notable results in field events as well. Faith Caspers cleared 4’2″ again in the high jump. Alivia Kempf made it to 3’10”, and Ella Johnson 3’8″.  Abby Chu had a 12′ leap in the long jump. Rebecca Doak went a half inch farther, and Kayla Bruton’s 14’8″ jump was good for 5th.  Joshua Below’s jump was measured at 14’5″. Joshua Schaber went past 16 feet, and John Klaves went past 17. We had three girls in the triple jump. Alivia Kempf tried it for the first time and did a nice 26′.  Katie Gorectke got her form back and made it to 26’10”.  All the practice Julia Radewahn did in the last week paid off. She is the new DASH record holder at 29’1″. Picture the coach smiling now.  In shot put, Emma Taylor went past 20 feet for the first time, and Katrina Lipski had a 17’4″ throw. Samuel Zinkgraf had a nice 31′ throw, and Elijah Edlund extended his DASH record by two inches. The record now stands at 33’9″.  Zipporah Caspers had a 48′ discus throw. Emma Taylor had a personal best 55′ throw, and Grace Zinkgraf threw it past the 61 foot mark.  Zachary Werner now has a personal best of 48′. Patrick Mazza did a 58′, and Ben Bridge gave us one more DASH record with a great throw of 78’9″. That was one of eight on the day.

We are now down to one meet.  The roster will be much different next time. We will get our varsity athletes into their best events in an attempt to score points.  It has been a great season thus far, but we need to get ready to be at our best one more time. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Ed Beck for his help with the coaching.  The athletes are always telling me how much Mr. Beck helps them out. Thanks also to Greg Kempf, Chuck Maurer, and Garrett Missiaen. Thanks to the great DASH fans. I wish I would have had more time to join you in the stands.  Thanks to the Wisconsin Lutheran hosts for inviting us to such a well run meet. And thanks to the camera crew of Hataya Johnson and Faith Caspers. The boys 4×400 was unfortunately missed, but otherwise the photos turned out very nice.  Now to get ready for Thursday.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school track team was at Nathan Hale high school last Saturday to compete in the annual Mary Queen of Saints Phoenix Invite. It would be our biggest, longest, and possibly our most competitive meet of the year with over 700 athletes on hand. The blue sky complemented the blue track, and the north breeze kept it cool, but not cold. We posted 126 individual results, plus 9 relays, so I will be touching on the highlights in the report below.

Field events got the meet started at 8:30. Alexa Dawson and Stephanie Chu were 4th and 5th overall among the 8th graders with Alexa’s 11’10” jump one inch farther than Stephanie’s. Joy Rasch hit the 10 foot mark, and Julianna Caspers led our 5th graders at 8’6″. For the boys, Alex Hilbelink popped a really big one, 17’6″, to take 1st overall by a foot and a half. Amazing! Ethan Blischke’s 12’5″ kept him and inch ahead of teammates Alexander Taylor and Jeffrey Breiling, and two inches ahead of Joshua LeSac. Simon Smrecek led the 5th graders with a nice 9’11” leap, and Nathanael Chu also went over 9 feet. In the softball throw, our girls were led by Mary Krmpotich.  For the boys, Elijah LaFountain threw it to the 107′ mark, and Joshua Lipski launched it past 96′ to both place in the top 15. Silas Johnson, Simon Smrecek, and David Krmpotich all got their softballs past 60 feet, and Johnathan Lipski threw it 56’4″. In the shot put, Annika Lipski and Alexa Dawson both had throws that were measured at exactly 23’4 1/4″. I like that distance. Bryant Farrell cracked the top-10 with his 25’10” throw.

The 100 meter dash preliminary heats got the running events started. Madelyn Zielinski, Emily Zielinski, Stephanie Chu, Alexa Dawson, and Alex Hilbelink all ended up in the top-8 and would race again later in the finals. Alex’s time of 12.75 gives him another DASH record. Angela Walters just missed the finals with her fast 16.15 time. We ran four 4×400 teams in an event that had way too many heats. Our 5th grade girls team of Grace Caspers, Angela Walters, Julia Kowalinski, and Julianna Caspers had an impressive 5:49 time to place 2nd. Angela Walters’ 1:21 split moved us ahead of a couple teams. Our 5th grade boys team of Simon Smrecek, Silas Johnson, Josiah Chu, and Nathanael Chu ran hard to place 5th, just missing out on a top-4 ribbon. Our 6th grade team of Mary Krmpotich, Zanna Hughes, Mary LeSac, and Joy Rasch did a 6:07 to place 6th. Ethan Blischke, Nathan Forget, Jeffrey Breiling, and Alexander Taylor place 8th, but just 5 seconds out of 4th in a very tight 7th grade race. The All-School 4×100 relay was next. Madelyn Zielinski, Andy Forget, Emily Zielinski, and Ben Forget got the baton around in 1:02. That’s three seconds faster than we have ever run that event before. In the 1600, Julianna Caspers led our girls with a time of 7:00, far off her best. Joy Rasch’s 7:15 earned her the 4th place ribbon. Grace Caspers came in just ahead of Julia Kowalinski with a good last lap. Nathanael Chu was 2nd in the 5th grade division with his nice 6:33. Jeffrey Breiling did the four laps in 6 minutes flat to take 4th overall, and no one could stay with Ethan Blischke’s 5:45. It was a very impressive victory for Ethan. Oh, did his stride look strong that last lap! Joshua LeSac took 4th in the 8th grade division with a 6:11 to finish up some very good 1600 results. In the 100 finals the heats were all very close. Madelyn Zielinski ended up 6th, and Emily Zielinski and Alex Hilbelink both placed 3rd. In the 8th grade girls race, five girls came in together in a photo finish. It looked like Stephanie Chu placed 2nd or 3rd, but the hand-timer put her in 6th. A travesty! Alexa Dawson was timed better and won the 3rd place ribbon. In the 400, Stephanie Chu won her heat and placed 3rd overall with a 1:14. Silas Johnson did very well with his 1:23, good for 5th overall. Charlie Johnson and Josiah Chu raced in the same heat and stayed very close, with Charlie winning down the homestretch. These two 3rd graders are very good. Alexander Taylor did a 1:14, and Matthew Krmpotich had the fastest time on the team with his 1:13. In the 200, Madelyn Zielinski had a very good 5th grade time of 33.81 to place 6th. Angela Walters almost matched her with her 34.04 to place 9th. Mary Kmpotich and Zanna Hughes had nice 36 second times, and Alexa Dawson placed 8th with a 32.42. Emily Zielinski did her 200 in 30.47 to place 3rd. She is running very well right now.  Stephanie Chu was even a little better with her 30.22, also good for 3rd. David Krmpotich and Charlie Johnson broke 40 seconds. Micah Chan did a respectable 36.38, and Andy Forget really looked fast at the end and was timed at 33.50. Ian Esterle did his 200 in 34 seconds, Ben Forget hit 33, and Ethan Blischke came in with a 32. Matthew Krmpotich did a nice 30.88, and Nathan Forget really shined with his 30.82. Very nice. Alex Hilbelink had our best time of the day crossing the finish line in 28.62. This team has some speed. In the 800, Julianna Caspers’ 3:24 was good for 3rd overall. Joy Rasch was even faster, coming in with a 3:14. Nathanael Chu got a nice lead in the first lap and no one ever came up to challenge him. His winning time was 2:59. Silas Johnson looked like an 800 runner as he placed 9th with a 3:18. Alexander Taylor was 5th overall among the 7th graders, and had our fastest time of the day. Jeffrey Breiling finished six seconds back of Alex with a 2:52. Joshua LeSac dipped under 3 minutes as well in the 8th grade race. We had four 4×100 teams, but the long day had caught up with us, and none of them were in the ribbons this time.

After some prodding, I got the results in a timely manner, letting me finally write a meet report for our middle school team. This team has some long-time stars that are among the leaders in their events. We also have a lot of others athletes with the potential to be pretty good. We will see how they progress in the weeks ahead. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to the camera crew of Faith Caspers, Ella Johnson, and the camera lady. It was a long day, and they were using a new camera, but some good photos have been posted. Thanks go out to Judy Chan and Colleen Esterle for being our volunteer timers. Thanks to the athletes that put up, and took down the tent and cleaned up our area before we left. And thanks to the parents for making it through this really long meet. Now we need everyone to work hard and stay healthy.  We have three weeks to go.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

Our high school track team competed outdoors yesterday at Waukesha South high school. It was the annual Old-Fashioned track meet where the athletes get to sign up for the events of their own choosing. It is a great meet for getting plenty of times, trying a new event, and having a great time doing so. It was a beautiful, sunny day for the 29 athletes on hand to post a pocket full of nice results.

In field events we had only three athletes in the long jump, but they all did well. Joshua Below landed a personal best 16’11” and Joshua Schaber hit the 15’11” mark. For the girls, Kayla Bruton broke her own DASH record with an amazing 15’4″ leap. I wish I had seen it. Ben Bridge and Elisabeth Krmpotich both threw their discus over 70 feet. Good job. Brendan Sanchez went just over 60 feet, and Emma Taylor’s throw measured exactly 50 feet. Brendan Sanchez had a nice 28’5″ shot put throw, and Ben Bridge almost matched him with his 27’2″. Elisabeth Krmpotich and Emma Taylor also threw shot, but were well off their personal bests on this busy day. We had four girls in the high jump. Becky Tabler and Ella Johnson made it to 3’8″, and Faith Caspers and Alivia Kempf made it to 3’10”. We have now had five girls try high jump this year. I like that.

Ella Johnson got the big running day started in the 100 hurdles, getting a personal best 21.09. Joshua Below did a 21.40 110m hurdles, and Patrick Mazza lowered his best time to 23.75. Julia Radewahn really looked fast in her 100m heat and got a 14.06 time. Kayla Bruton did a nice 14.17, and Meg Mazza, Katie Gorectke, and Rebecca Doak all ended up with higher 14 second times. Katrina Lipski just missed breaking 16 seconds, and Naomi Zhou matched her time from the week before. Joshua Schaber had the fastest 100m time for the boys – 12.50. Jared Aguilar came in at 13.02, and Will Farrell, Joshua Below, and Tim Kowalinski were mid 13’s. Ben Bridge ran for the first time this year and looked good while posting a 14.03 time. Brendan Sanchez lowered his personal best time to 14.32. We had four girls in the 1600. Zipporah Caspers finished a couple seconds ahead of Katie Gorectke. Katie was impressive in her first attempt at the 1600 posting a 6:46. Becky Tabler broke 7 minutes, and Ella Johnson paced herself to a 7:22 time in her first 1600. For the boys, Caleb Schaber took over the lead in the last lap and won in 5:01. Joe Maurer gave us a 1-2 finish with his impressive 5:03. Vincent Maurer’s 5:28 was very nice, and it was great to see Zachariah Pape dip under 6 minutes with a 5:59. Our girls 4×200 team of Meg Mazza, Emma Taylor, Alivia Kempf, and Julia Radewahn posted a 2:04 to win. Our boys team of Jared Aguilar, Tim Kowalinski, Ben Hughes, and Joshua Schaber all had split 26 seconds and just missed the DASH record. We had lots of 400m runners. Kayla Bruton showed off her speed, blowing by everyone to post a 1:06. Rebecca Doak came on strong at the end to get a 1:10. Becky Tabler and Emma Tabler did their lap in 1:12, and Jessy Homa and Elisabeth Krmpotich posted 1:19’s. Katrina Lipski and Naomi Zhou impressed us with both running to personal bests. Caleb Schaber, coming off his 1600 win, did a 400 encore lap in just 57.31. Ben Hughes dipped under 60 seconds for the first time in the same heat. Joshua Below did a nice 1:02, and Vince Maurer looked fast coming in at 1:03. Ben Bridge, with little training, worked hard for his 1:05, and Zachariah Pape had a personal best 1:08. Our girls 4×100 team raced around in just 57.23 to set a DASH record. Kudos to Julia Radewahn, Meg Mazza, Rebecca Doak, and Kayla Bruton for that effort. For the boys, the team of Jared Aguilar, Will Farrell, Brendan Sanchez, and Joshua Schaber came in ahead of Tim Kowalinski, Joshua Below, Ben Bridge, and Vince Maurer. Aliva Kempf lowered her own DASH 300 hurdle record with a 55.43. She looks more impressive each time out. Patrick Mazza has his 300 hurdle time down to 56.07. Emma Taylor ran her first individual 800m run, and was our top finisher with a 2:55. Zipporah Caspers broke 3 minutes, and Alivia Kempf just missed by a second. Jessy Homa had a good finish to post a 3:13, and Ella Johnson did a 3:18 in her first try at the 800. Katrina Lipski did a descent 3:33, and Naomi Zhou lowered her personal record. Joe Maurer, Vince Maurer, and Zach Pape looked a little tired in their 800m attempts, all being off their personal bests. Kayla Bruton posted a routine for her 28.65. Rebecca Doak came in just over 31 seconds, and Katrina Lipski and Naomi both had their best 200’s. Jared Aguilar came in just ahead of Ben Hughes with the boys pushing each other to some very nice mid-26 second times. Joshua Schaber did a mid-27, and Vince Maurer was back running yet again and did a 29.34. It was now Drake Hacker time. Drake had saved himself for the 3200 and he made the most of it with an impressive 10:57 time and an easy victory. Joshua Schaber joined Drake in running 8 laps and just missed breaking 14 minutes. We had the only girls 4×400 team. The girls, Emma Taylor, Ella Johnson, Alivia Kempf, and Becky Tabler, ran well, but did drop the baton midway. We had four boys, Joe Maurer, Jared Aguilar, Ben Hughes, and Caleb Schaber, back for one more event. The boys did the 1600 in 4:07 to finish up a nice day of racing.

It is always fun to see athletes making the most of the meet format. We see relay teams that we have never seen before, and plenty of first-time events that often the athletes shine in and take a liking to. I will be making out a roster for our final two meets, so it is not something to get used to, but it is a meet format to look forward to running again next year. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Ed Beck and Chuck Maurer for their help with the coaching. Thanks to Julianna Caspers, Grace Caspers, and Faith Caspers for getting the photos. Every year we get a sunny day for this meet which makes good finish line photos an impossibility. I moved the girls around hoping some would turn out, but without much success. Enjoy the few I kept. And thanks to the athletes for working hard and letting me collect a pocket full of times. Now we have a long 9-day gap between meets. It is time to get in some good late season practices, stay healthy, and finish strong.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The Shoreland Lutheran Pacer Relays were last Friday, and of course our varsity high school track and field team was there. There would be 14 teams on hand, making this year’s edition of the Relays one of the most competitive we have seen, especially for the girls. The weather was better than forecasted, and the team looked to be peaking. It was time to get the batons out, run fast, have fun, and do your best to help the team.

The relays started with the 4×1600, but this year to save time the athletes were to run in heats and have their times summed up like they do with the hurdle events. There were only three teams in the girls 4×1600, the smallest field of the day. Abby Chu got ahead of everyone making sure no other team had any thoughts of winning. Abby clocked in at 6:13 and Kayla Walters gave us a 1-2 finish.. Zipporah Caspers and Becky Tabler stayed in the pack to assure us our first victory of the day. The boys 4×1600 was particularly competitive with 6 teams having seed times seconds apart. Brian Durbin ran in the first heat coming in 3rd with a fast 5:11. Martin Luther’s 3rd runner came in a second ahead of Brian, and their 4th runner was 10 seconds behind. We were beating our seed times, but so were they. Justin Chu got off to a slow start, but then surged up to the leaders during the first lap. Justin then jockeyed for the lead until finally falling off the pace near the end. Justin finished 4th overall, 3 seconds behind the top Martin Luther athlete, and 2 seconds ahead of their number 2. Caleb Schaber never faltered staying near the lead pack. His personal best 5:00 time was very welcome. Joe Maurer stayed strong and went 10 seconds under his seed time. Was it enough? I thought it was, and a few minutes later the announcer declared us the winner with an amazing 20:16.6 time. Not until I got home and added up the Martin Luther boys times did I realize that we had won by only a tenth of a second. The 16 lap race had been decided by less than a step. Wow! What a monumental win for the boys! As we moved on the 100 meter hurdles, Grace Zinkgraf gave us a new DASH record time of 20.89. Ella Johnson also ran and jumped well, and Emma Taylor at the last minute jumped into the race and made it to the finish line. Elijah Edlund and Patrick Mazza did the 110 hurdles for the boys and got the team 2 points for their efforts. We needed a third runner, but we were successful in keeping Emma out of that race.  The 4×200 start is very spread out, and our girls had lane 1. The official decided to have only a whistle start which is not the norm. It surprised Meg Mazza and she did not get out of the blocks right away. When Meg, Alivia Kempf, Rebecca Doak, and Kayla Bruton did get running they got the baton around in a descent 2:01. Jared Aguilar, Joshua Schaber, John Klaves, and Joshua Roets lowered the DASH record by 2 seconds with their 1:44. That was only good for 11th out of the 13 entrants, but we were in sight of 6th which has the coach already thinking about next year when our boys will not be quite as young. Emma Taylor got the girls Distance Medley started with a fast 2:49 split on the 800 leg to keep us near the lead. Ella Johnson sprinted through the 400 and got the baton to Zipporah Caspers for the 1200 leg. Zipporah has run this leg all four years on the team and she did well again, but we had now fallen back to 5th place. Olivia Chapman now took control for the 1600 leg. Olivia soon moved us back into 4th, and then kept her eyes on the 3rd place girl, finally catching her with just a few meters to go. The 3rd place medals were ours. In the boys Distance Medley, Brian Durbin kept us close to the lead through two laps, and then Samuel Zinkgraf blew by two teams on his lap to put us into 3rd. Vincent Maurer ran the 1200 and with a fast last lap got the baton to Drake Hacker. Drake paced around in 4th place, but got passed early. In the end Drake’s 5:06 split put the team comfortably back into 4th. Drake gave us 5 boys running the 1600 in 5:11 or less. No one else had that. Grace Zinkgraf started for the girls 4×100 team. Zoe Smith, Kayla Walters, and Kayla Bruton joined her to run a 59.08 to place 6th. Our boys 4×100 of Jared Aguilar, Ben Hughes, Joshua Schaber, and John Klaves ran to a DASH record 50.78 to earn the 8th place point. I liked that. Our exciting group of 300 hurdlers were next. Alivia Kempf got out fast winning her heat with a DASH record time of 56.14. Ella Johnson then raced in with a personal best 59.28. In the next heat Emma Taylor got through the 8 hurdles in 57.68. That all adds up to a 4th place finish. Our hurdlers have never done anything like that. Elijah Edlund and Patrick Mazza both set personal bests for the boys. Next year let’s hope we can run three. The exciting Sprint Medley was next. Meg Mazza and Zoe Smith ran some fast 100 legs with Rebecca Doak finishing the first lap. That only took the girls 57 seconds. Kayla Bruton blew by several teams and got us into 5th place with her very fast 1:08 split. The girls broke the DASH record set last year by almost 5 seconds. Wow! Jared Aguilar started again for the boys. Ben Hughes raced through his 100 leg, and was followed by Joshua Schaber for a 200. Joshua handed off to Joshua Roets who crossed the finish line at 1:51.76. Yet another DASH record, but one that should be going even lower next year.  Our girls 4×800 team was seeded 2nd, but that didn’t stop Abby Chu from getting the team into the lead after the first leg. Kayla Walters enjoyed the lead through her first lap, but then top-seeded Martin Luther got ahead. Zipporah Caspers kept us close in her first lap, and then the Martin Luther girl slowed around the back stretch and Zipporah took back the lead, but the USM team was just a couple steps behind us as Olivia Chapman took control of the baton. The USM girl tried to stay with Olivia through the first lap, but we would go on to win by an impressive 11 seconds. That was fun to watch. The boys were the top seeds in the boys 4×800, but after the close 4×1600 we knew we had to bring our best to win. Caleb Schaber went stride for stride with The Prairie School team through the first two laps. Brian Durbin then got the lead early in his first lap and never looked back.  Our lead was close to 100 meters. Joe Maurer ran the 3rd leg and got the baton to Justin Chu with no other team in sight.  Justin raced his two laps to finish up the big victory. Our new 4×800 record now stands at 9:15. It could have been lower if we were pushed.  Our throwers took the field for the 4×100 throwers relay. Meg Mazza and Grace Zinkgraf kept us near the lead before handing off to Zipporah Caspers.  Zoe Smith then left everyone far behind with a dominant anchor leg. The 1st place points and the free hot dogs were ours. Elijah Edlund got the boys off to a great start. Ben Hughes then got us ahead of everyone but the exhibition teams. Brendan Sanchez took his turn and was flawless in getting the baton to Samuel Zinkgraf. The Thomas More team was good, but Samuel held them off for the win.  That felt good after finishing a close 2nd last year. We proved no one can run with our throwers! The sun was down and the lighting was not good for getting pictures of the 4×400, but we still ran fast. Rebecca Doak, Emma Taylor, Abby Chu, and Alivia Chapman ran the four laps in a fast 4:39 to place 6th. That was a tough field. In a very close 4×400, our boys were one of six teams that went under 3:53. Justin Chu, Joshua Roets, John Klaves ran very well, but we were still only in 6th. Then Samuel Zinkgraf made the most of his last Pacer Relays race, moving us up into 4th while being disappointed he couldn’t get ahead of the 3rd place athlete. It was a good finish to the big day of racing. Now it was time for the athletes to turn into DASH fans and cheer the coaches on in the coach’s relay. Mr. Beck got the team off to a great start, and Mr. Maurer displayed flawless running form in his second leg. Then Coach Caspers blew several teams around the second turn. Garrett Missiaen got the baton in 4th place and let no one pass on the anchor leg. The coaches were good, and we were able to put our disappointing last place finish from the year before behind us.

It is hard to fit in the field events at this meet, but we did our best. Before helping with the photos, Faith Caspers gave the high jump another try and this time she proved to be very good, topping out at a nice 4’2″ height. Alivia Kempf made 4′ and Ella Johnson 3’8″ as the girls gave us an unexpected 5th place finish. In the long jump, John Klaves was our best once again with a 16′ leap. Joe Maurer went past 15 feet and Joshua Schaber topped out at 14′. Our girls team of Kayla Bruton, Kayla Walters, and Rebecca Doak all had to jump a little tired, and ended up just under 12′.  Brendan Sanchez was our best discus thrower. He was backed up by Patrick Mazza and Ben Hughes who both had personal best throws. Our girl discus throwers placed 6th overall in a good showing. Elisabeth Krmpotich put her discus past 66′ Grace Zinkgraf past 63′, and Zipporah Caspers 51′. Our girl shot putters were not at their best all coming in under 20′, but they were the best runners as discussed in the previous paragraph. Our boy shot putters combined to throw over 90 feet to place 4th overall. That was definitely one of our best results of the day. Elijah Edlund had a 33’7″ throw and is now the DASH record holder. Samuel Zinkgraf went over 30′ again and Brendan Sanchez had a personal best 29′ throw. Good job, boys.

Our girls and boys teams outpointed everyone in the running events. You can’t do better than that! Add in the hurdles and our girls were still on top. We do have work to do in the field events if we want to get our team scores to the next level. Overall it was an epic day with 6 first place finishes in the 27 events we competed in. We even did well in the coaches relay. The team could not have had much more fun.

Thanks to the coaching help provided by Mr. Beck, Mr. Maurer, Mr. Kempf, and Garrett Missiaen. Thanks to Shoreland Lutheran for hosting another fantastic meet. Thanks to the DASH fans, especially the ones trying to keep warm in the bleachers. Thanks to our camera crew of Hataya Johnson, Faith Caspers, and the camera lady.  It took me longer than usual to get through the photos because they caught the excitement of relay racing so well. Be sure to check them out. We our now down to our last three high school meets. The season always goes by fast.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school track and field team had 20 athletes compete in Jackson yesterday at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. The weather was not ideal. It drizzled on and off and the wind chills were in the 30’s, but to the athletes credit we were able to post some good results.

The boys on hand did plenty of field events. Ben Bridge and Samuel Zinkgraf both threw the discus exactly 71’3″. Will Farrell was next at 64’9″. Zachary Werner has a new best of 48’4″, and Ben Hughes threw for the first time in preparation for today’s meet. Samuel Zinkgraf edged past 30 feet in the shot put. Ben Bridge and Zachary Werner both had personal best throws. Our throwers continue to be great this year. John Klaves and Joshua Below battled the cold in the long jump and were a little under their bests. Grace Zinkgraf reached 59’8″ in the discus, and Katrina Lipski went over 19’3″ in the shot put. Kayla Walters and Rebecca Doak placed 2nd and 4th overall in the long jump, and Katie Gorectke was 3rd in triple jump. Becky Tabler and Faith Caspers competed in the high jump for the first time and just missed the opening 3’10” height, which was the height that Alivia Kempf topped out at.

Grace Zinkgraf got the running started with a nice personal best 21.54 time in the 100 meter hurdles. She continues to edge closer to the DASH record. Joshua Below had trouble with one hurdle in the 110 hurdles, otherwise he continues to look good. Rebecca Doak did a fast 14.64 in the 100 meters, while Katrina Lipski and Naomi Zhou both raced to personal bests. John Klaves came in just ahead of Will Farrell and Tim Kowalinski in the 100 with a time of 13.19. Zachariah Pape raced four laps in 6:04. He will wait another day to break 6 minutes. Zachary Werner finished in 7:02. Jessy Homa, Kayla Walters, Katrina Lipski, and Katie Gorectke ran the 4×200 relay in 2:15. In the 400, Naomi Zhou finished in 1:50. In the next heat Becky Tabler raced in with an impressive 1:12.70 to place first overall. Ben Hughes got his 400 time down to 1:01, while Tim Kowalinski did not let his elbow slow him down much finishing in 1:03. Joshua Below looked good in the 300 hurdles and placed 4th overall. In the 800, Jessy Homa and Katrina Lipski struggled some in the second lap. In her first attempt at the 800 Alivia Kempf moved up in the second lap passing everyone to place first overall with a 3:03. Very nice. For the boys Zachary Werner did two laps in 3:05. Zachariah Pape now has a new personal record of 2:40. Brian Durbin also set a personal record of 2:16 running by himself in the front. That is what he came for. In the 200, Rebecca Doak came in just ahead of Katie Gorectke with both girls in the 31’s. Ben Hughes looked great clocking in with a fast 27.39. Tim Kowalinski and Will Farrell followed with mid 28 second times. Rebecca Doak, Kayla Walters, Becky Tabler, and Katie Gorectke stayed to run a 4×400. It was cold, but they gave the team one last good race finishing 1st overall.

Thanks to Dawn Kempf for helping with our high jumpers. Thanks to the camera lady for getting some nice photos. Thanks to everyone who stayed positive despite the cold conditions. We race again today in Union Grove. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH varsity high school track and field team was found in Delafield last Saturday, competing in a 10-team meet at St John’s NW Military Academy. The team has been training hard, and gearing up for this meet all season. The weather was absolutely gorgeous. There would be nothing like a head wind keeping us from posting some fast times. And fast times would be needed to bring home our share of individual medals and keep us in contention for the team awards.

The 4×800 relay got the big day of racing started. Kayla Walters looked like her old self as she got the girls off to good start. Emma Taylor ran the second leg and ended up with the fastest split among the girls. Add another event to Emma’s growing list. Jessy Homa ran a nice two laps and then Zipporah Caspers finished off a 2nd place finish for the girls. Caleb Schaber got our boys 4×800 team into the lead. Then Brian Durbin ran the next two laps and kept us on a DASH record setting pace, but we still fell behind the Living Word Lutheran team. Vincent Maurer then kept us a few steps off the lead before handing off to Drake Hacker. Drake crossed the finish line in 2nd place with a time of 9:20. That is the new DASH record, and an unexpected one. The boys were outstanding. In the 100 hurdles, Grace Zinkgraf used a personal best 21.68 to edge Ella Johnson by .01 second. Elisabeth Krmpotich stayed right with them until she took a spill midway. Elijah Edlund had a great race going, but his landing on the last hurdle slowed him some. He still set a DASH record of 21.15. That time will be going lower soon. Joshua Below almost matched Elijah with his 21.36. Our hurdlers are working hard and are fun to watch. Grace Zinkgraf got the 100 meters started by winning her heat with a personal best 15.56. Zoe Smith looked fast and placed 7th overall, and Kayla Bruton got her day started by earning the 2nd place medal with a time of 13.57. Samuel Zinkgraf posted a nice 12.42 to place 8th. Jared Aguilar broke 13 seconds for the first time with a 12.80, and Will Farrell posted a 13.40 in his first race of the season. The much awaited 1600 was next. Olivia Chapman stayed in the lead pack early. The pack eventually dwindled to three girls, and in the end no one was able to stay with Olivia. Olivia’s 5:40.54 won the meet and lowered the DASH record by a fraction of a second. Very nice! Abby Chu did a 6:11 to get her day started. I know she can even go lower as she gains experience in the event. Becky Tabler looked much better this week and earned us the 8th place point. Every point would be important. In the boys 1600, six guys went under 5 minutes including senior Justin Chu. Justin was pushed to a 4:52 to earn the 3rd place medal. His times are really getting low. Caleb Schaber did a personal best 5:11 as he continues to amaze. Brian Durbin’s 5:20 gave us 3 in the top 8. No other team could match our depth. Our girls ran well in 4×200 relay, but we had a handoff outside of the exchange zone missing out on some 2nd place points. The boys 4×200 team of Jared Aguilar, Joshua Schaber, Ben Hughes, and John Klaves set a DASH record of 1:46 to place 4th. This year’s group of boy sprinters are the best we’ve had. We placed three girls in the top-6 in the 400. Kayla Walters was 6th, Kayla Bruton 4th, and Rebecca Doak 2nd. Rebecca is now number 2 on the DASH record list with her 1:09.12. She really heads down the home stretch fast. Elijah Edlund matched his 1:02 from the week before for the boys. Joshua Below had a personal record 1:01. He is catching the DASH fans attention. Joshua Roets broke a minute to be the team leader. The 4×100 was next, and the girls team got DQ’d again. They kept going and had a great time, but we obviously have to work on our handoffs. The boys team was helped by another teams’ DQ to earn the 3rd place medals. Jared Aguilar, Ben Hughes, and John Klaves were joined by Will Farrell to break yet another DASH record with their 51.05. Our hurdlers were back running and jumping through 300 meters. Alivia Kempf and Ella Johnson just missed going under a minute, also just missed the DASH record. Emma Taylor did both and ended up 3rd overall with her 59.11. I am looking forward to the 300 meters like never before. Elijah Edlund did a nice 54.92 in his first attempt at the event. Joshua Below did a 51.97 to place 8th. Elijah and Joshua would have done a little better if the coach could have left them off the 400 team. Olivia Chapman took over the girls 800 race in the second lap giving her a second victory on the day. Abby Chu had a great finish, moving all the way up to 3rd in a photo finish. Zipporah Caspers gave us a 3rd girl in the points with her 2:55. The field for the boys 800 race was particularly strong, partly because of our boys. Justin Chu was back giving the team another 3rd place finish with a personal best 2:13. Brian Durbin’s 2:18 effort nailed down 6th, and Caleb Schaber held off a couple older boys at the end to finish behind Brian. Our 800 teams were outstanding. The event that gave us the most team points was the girls 200. Rebecca Doak and Katie Gorectke went stride for stride to the finish to take 4th and 5th. Rebecca came out .01 seconds ahead in another photo finish. Kayla Bruton did a personal best 28.30 and kept all the other girls behind her. That adds up to 19 points for the girls in one event. In the boys 200, Joshua Roets came in just ahead of Joshua Schaber with both boys breaking 27 seconds for the first time. Samuel Zinkgraf powered his way to a 25.68 to place 8th. Kayla Walters placed 5th overall in her first attempt at the 3200. Becky Tabler finished close behind with some good racing, and Zipporah Caspers also made it through in less than 16 minutes. Drake Hacker paced himself very well and moved himself up into 4th place on the last lap in his 3200. Vincent Maurer did well with his 12:45.

The 4×400 teams will get their own paragraph. Nothing can beat a close 4×400. Going full speed for a mile, with new athletes taking their turn each lap, keeps the tension and excitement building throughout the race. We got that twice on this day. Julia Radewahn went first for our girls, and after the first turn we found out the Brookfield Academy team was going to be our competition. Despite a 1:10 split from Julia, the first BA girl got a step ahead down the homestretch. Emma Taylor would then take her turn at her favorite event. Emma was running about even with 100 meters to go, but the BA girl, (who happened to be former DASH star Sammie Ronge), was able to get a step on her before the next handoff. Another 1:10 split down and we were still a step back. Abby Chu took the baton and the chase was back on. Abby got right on the girls heals on the backstretch and the girls were running side by side around the last turn, but once again the BA girl was able to stay a step ahead before the handoff. We would get one more chance to get ahead. The pressure and the baton went to Rebecca Doak. Rebecca paced a step or two back, but then finally the BA team cracked. Rebecca surged around the last turn and the Brookfield Academy girl had no answer. To great fanfare, Rebecca sped down the home stretch to victory. The girls clocked in with a new DASH record of 4:39.73 with all the girls doing about 1:10 splits. Justin Chu took the baton first for the boys. Justin’s 57 second split got us into the lead a few steps ahead of the Messmer team. Joshua Roets took his turn and increased our lead to a little over 10 meters. We were in very good position, but Messmer was staying within striking distance. John Klaves raced around in 57 seconds, but even with that pace our lead shrunk. Samuel Zinkgraf would get the finishing duties and try to hold off the Messmer anchor. Down the back stretch our lead dwindled some more, and after the last turn it was down to a step. 1500 meters were behind us. It was now a 100 meter race with Samuel a step ahead. Samuel could feel the Messmer boy close, and tried to kick it up another notch, while the Messmer athlete who had worked so hard to catch Samuel started showing some fatigue. In a wild finish Samuel refused to be passed, literally falling over the line to victory. What a finish! And yes, it was a new DASH record – 3:48. Like the girls, the boys all clocked in with even splits. It was definitely a team victory, and one we will be talking about for a long time.

While I did not get to witness many, we had a pretty good day in field events. Alivia Kempf made 4’2″ and Ella Johnson 3’10” in the high jump, both personal bests. Will Farrell and Brendan Sanchez reached upper 60’s in the discus. Our girl discus throwers, Elisabeth Krmpotich, Grace Zinkgraf, and Zipporah Caspers placed 4-5-6. Very nice. Kayla Bruton jumped 13-09, and Rebecca Doak just under 12 feet. The long jumping boys had a very good day. Joshua Below did a 14’07”. Joshua Schaber landed an unexpectedly good 16’8″ jump, and John Klaves hit 17 feet for the first time. Zoe Smith and Emma Taylor threw the shot put in the low 19’s, and Elisabeth Krmpotich had a nice 21’3″ throw. The shot put boys had the best day in DASH history. Brendan Sanchez had a personal best 28’8″ throw. Elijah Edlund was over 30 feet again, this time hitting the 30’6″ mark. And after a long wait, Samuel Zinkgraf did it. He is now the new shot put DASH record holder – 33’2.25″. We had one more DASH record in the triple jump. Katie Gorectke, in just her first try at the event, made it to the 27’5.5″ mark. Very nice!

The team scores came in and our boys finished a strong 4th. Our girls came close to catching the very good Living Word Lutheran team, but they nipped us again. The final score was 159-141 in their favor. I thought the team was outstanding. We can hold our heads up high, and start thinking about what we can improve on to be a little stronger next year. I know I am already thinking about it. It will be all about the team again this Friday at the Pacer Relays. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Ed Beck, Chuck Maurer, Garrett Missiaen, and Greg Kempf for their help with the coaching. Thanks to Hataya Johnson and Faith Caspers for taking another set of great photos. Thanks to the DASH fans for helping the athletes give us their best. And thanks to Lee and Connie Krmpotich for opening up their home for the great post-race festivities. It was a special way to end a great day of DASH racing.

Take care,
Jim Caspers




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