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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

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school track team opened its outdoor season in Watertown last Saturday. There would be no relays for our 40 athletes on hand.  Everyone would be on the clock with the time trial format, showing off their talents for the coaches and the DASH fans. The weather was warm and very nice for a mid-April meet. There was a blustery headwind that slowed down the 100 and 200 times some, but it did now stop the team from posting some impressive results.

The 1600 meter run was first on our schedule. Olivia Chapman showed off her stride and finished in less than 6 minutes. Abby Chu, running her first 1600, impressed us with her 6:19. Becky Tabler struggled in her first DASH race. She has looked good in practice and will get another chance next week. Katrina Lipksi dipped under 8 minutes. For the boys, freshman Zachariah Pape showed us his potential and paced himself well. Vincent Maurer did a 5:49 and is still rounding himself into shape. Brian Durbin, coming off a week of debating, was a little off, but managed a 5:24. Drake Hacker looked better this time and came in just ahead of Brian. Joe Maurer moved up to place 6th overall with a 5:20. Caleb Schaber went out fast and caught everyone’s attention. In just his first 1600 he finished 3rd overall with a 5:14. Justin Chu took off after one lap and dipped under 5 minutes for the win. He is ready for a big season. Grace Zinkgraf looked good in the 100 hurdles, although she hit the last hurdle and fell. The coach was happy with her effort. Joshua Below and Elijah Edlund raced through the 110 hurdles in identical 21.83 times in separate heats. These two boys are the best the team has ever had. In the 200, Kayla Bruton made running a 28.70 look easy.  Zoe Smith looked much better and posted a nice 31.18 time. Meg Mazza won the 5-DASH-girl super heat. Meg needed a 31.42 to stay ahead of Rebecca Doak’s 31.63, Emma Taylor’s 31.65, and Katie Gorectke’s 31.78 times. The team has never had this much speed. Kayla Walters was also in that heat. She made her case to be back in the distance events.  We need her there. I had Julia Radewahn under-seeded in all her events. She is yet another very good sprinter that should have been running with the girls in the super heat. Ella Johnson broke 33 seconds and Elisabeth Krmpotich ran a nice 33.80. That event for the girls was amazing.  In the boys 200, Samuel Zinkgraf was our number 1 with a 26.85. He was followed closely by John Klaves, Joshua Schaber, Jared Aguilar, Joshua Roets, Ben Hughes, and Elijah Edlund. I was impressed with how close everyone was to Samuel. We need that. Tim Kowalinski can also run with the group above, but he took a spill just before the finish. Patrick Mazza finally raced his first high school race in the 200 after practicing for over a year. In the 800, more than half the participants were from our team. Zipporah Caspers led our girls in the first heat. Kayla Walters was next, getting just ahead of Rebecca Dickman at the finish. Rebecca was followed by Becky Tabler. Katrina Lipski had a good finish, getting ahead of a slowing Faith Caspers down the homestretch. Faith had pain in her knee again and may be done for the season.  In the next heat, Abby Chu posted a nice 2:51 time. Olivia Chapman was the early leader and raced in with a 2:37.6. That time broke the DASH record by a fraction of a second. Very nice.  Justin Chu and Brian Durbin paced all the boys and gave us an impressive 1-2 finish. Caleb Schaber did about a 2:22, but was DQ’d after cutting into lane 1 too soon.  I forgot to talk with him about that. It is easy to forget he’s a rookie. Joe Maurer did a routine 2:28. He was followed by Vincent Maurer, Zachariah Pape, and Tim Kowalinski all finishing in the 2:40’s. Zachary Werner broke his personal record by 25 seconds. Well done. We ran 6 athletes in the 300 hurdles and they all did well. Emma Taylor, despite falling, was our first girl to the finish. Alivia Kempf did a 1:02 and looked great. I knew she would be good if she tried it. Ella Johnson and Elisabeth Krmpotich gave us four girls with 1:03 or better times.  Joshua Below finished in just 50 seconds. The long-standing DASH record may be going down this year. Patrick Mazza broke a minute in his first try.  Oh, is it nice to have so many good hurdlers. In the 100, Kayla Bruton, Meg Mazza, and Zoe Smith placed in the top-25. Katie Gorectke, Julia Radewahn, Grace Zinkgraf, and Katrina Lipski also showed us some good speed. Samuel Zinkgraf again had the fastest time among the boys, but again the boys behind him were close. Jared Aguilar had the best start of the day and that helped him to hold off John Klaves, Joshua Roets, and Ben Hughes in another DASH super heat. Joshua Schaber should have been in that heat as well with his 13.26 time. Brendan Sanchez showed great effort and took a tumble just past the finish line. He now has a new personal record about half a second lower. It was time for the 400, the last event of the day. We placed 11 girls with 1:16 or lower times. Alivia Kempf was about 6 seconds faster than her last meet. Becky Tabler showed us her speed and broke 1:15. Ella Johnson finished in a personal best 1:14.42.  Julia Radewahn won her early heat easily with a 1:13. She will go even faster when he I get her into a proper heat. Katie Gorectke did a 1:12. Emma Taylor got a personal record 1:11.4. Rebecca Doak showed off her 400 running skills with a 1:10. I had my eye out for that after seeing her run in practice. . And then Kayla Bruton followed with her own 1:10. Bring on some 4×400’s. We need that record to be lowered this year. Patrick Mazza got the boys started by winning his heat. Joshua Below won his early heat with a 1:03. I had him under-seeded.  Caleb Schaber finished in 1:00 in his heat, and came in ahead of Elijah Edlund’s 1:02, and Jared Aguilar’s 1:03. These freshman boys are top notch. It only took 58 seconds for Joshua Roets to do a lap. You will be seeing more full laps from him. Justin Chu then raced John Klaves. John’s 1:02 was descent, but Justin Chu got way ahead with his 58.10. Samuel Zinkgraf finished the great day of racing with his own heat victory and 59.01 time.  That was a lot of running – a lot of fast running.

Field events are hard to fit in with all the running, but we did fit most of them in. Alivia Kempf and Ella Johnson were our high jumpers again. They both made it over the 3’8″ mark, and then Alivia topped out at 3’10”.  Kayla Bruton is getting in her long jump groove now and did a 13’8″. Rebecca Doak made it to 12’4″ in her first jumps of the year. Grace Zinkgraf had a nice 11’10” jump, just ahead of Abby Chu’s 11’8″, and Julia Radewahn’s 10’5″.  John Klaves went all the way to 16’7″ this time. He is getting better each meet. Joe Maurer had a personal record 15’9″. Brian Durbin did his usual 14 feet, and Joshua Below made it past 13. Jared Aguilar jumped 12’6″ for a personal record. In the discus, Grace Zinkgraf had a very nice 63 foot throw. Elisabeth Krmpotich got her discus to 56 feet. It was her first time throwing discus, but not her last.  Ben Bridge missed the DASH record by 3 inches with his 76’9″ throw. Brendan Sanchez impressed with his 68′ effort. He is getting good. Patrick Mazza and Zachary Werner also threw well. Zoe Smith led our girls again in the shot put. Meg Mazza hit 20 feet for the first time. Emma Taylor did a respectable 19’7″ in her first try at shot. Ben Bridge threw his shot 25 feet. Brendan Sanchez threw it over 28 to improve his personal record by over 2 feet. Samuel Zinkgraf broke 30 feet by 2 inches. Elijah Edlund, our middle school star from last year, seems to have taken a liking to the heavier 12 pound shot he is now throwing. Elijah’s best was measured at 30’3″. The DASH fans will have to pay extra attention to the shot put field this season with the boys throwing like that.

The time trials are in the books. Now we move on to the heart of our schedule in the weeks ahead. The team looks to be ready to score some points!  I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Ed Beck, Joe Maurer, Garret Missiaen, and Greg Kempf for their help with the coaching. Thanks for all the parents on hand who got the athletes all the way out to Watertown and ready to compete.  More thanks to the parents who then transformed themselves into great DASH fans. Thanks to Watertown HS Coach Chris Mertens for inviting us, having the meet run so smoothly, and even correcting an invalid mark for us quickly that I brought to his attention.  Thanks to our camera crew of Hataya Johnson, Faith Caspers, and Grace Caspers. The photos are superb. Be sure to check them out. Plenty of practices and meets ahead, but it will go by quick.  Stay healthy and be ready!

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH varsity high school track and field team competed against mostly Division 1 teams last Saturday in the Ed Dwyer Invitational at Waukesha South high school. It was the first meet of the season for our boys, and a few of our girls. The meet would be a tough early season test that would push our veterans to some fast times, and help bring to light some new stars for the DASH fans to get excited about. Our team is now big enough, and talented enough, for the coach to not hesitate to max out the roster for most events in a meet like this. The highlights are many.

The 4×800 relay teams got the day’s racing started. Freshman Olivia Chapman, making her DASH debut, got the girls team out to a fast start. Kayla Walters took the baton next, but unfortunately was not feeling 100% and we fell back some. Zipporah Caspers and Abby Chu finished up with some very nice splits and the girls ended up with an 11:32.10, breaking the DASH records by a few tenths of a second. That record should be going lower before the month is out. Caleb Schaber started the boys 4×800 team off with the teams’ fastest split. Vince Maurer, John Klaves, and Drake Hacker backed him up and posted a nice 4th place finish. The DASH team has plenty of hurdlers this year. In the high hurdles, Ella Johnson, Elisabeth Krmpotich, Joshua Below, and Miles Talbert all did very well for first-timers. Expect to read some good meet report comments about our hurdlers this season. Meg Mazza’s start in the 60 yard dash was flawless and helped her to get out ahead in her heat and post an amazing 8.11 time. That was good for 8th place overall, plus the cover photo for the meet’s DASH Flickr photo album! Samuel Zinkgraf led the boys in the 60 yard dash, but then hurt himself trying to slow down at the end. His day was done. We will need the multiple DASH record holder later this season. Olivia Chapman was our lone girl in the mile and she posted a respectable 6:17 time to place 7th. Our girls distance runners will be more numerous in the meets ahead. Joe Maurer posted a nice 5:27 time in the mile to place 2nd in his heat. Brian Durbin followed with a 5:24 in the next heat. Justin Chu led that same heat for a while before settling for 4th overall with a 5:07 time. His mile times may not have a 5 in the front for the rest of the year. Meg Mazza got us in good position leading off the 4×240 relay. Abby Chu and Katie Gorectke also ran very well. Kayla Walters gave us her best in the 3rd leg, but she just was not healthy enough to go very fast this time. She asked the coach if her day could be done, and for the first time ever he said yes. Look for the real Kayla to be back next meet. Joshua Schaber took Samuel Zinkgraf’s anchor leg of the 4×240 relay. Joshua Roets, Ben Hughes, and John Klaves combined with Joshua for a fast 2:20 time. In the 400, Ella Johnson led Elisabeth Krmpotich and Alivia Kempf around the track 2 1/2 times while posting a 1:15. Jared Aguilar got off to a great start in the 400, but struggled in the last lap. Practice the next two weeks will fix that. Vincent Maurer also got in a 400 heat. The coach wants to see much more of him. Maybe a 3200? Our 4×160 girls relay team of Meg Mazza, Katie Gorectke, Jessy Homa, and Zoe Smith impressed the DASH fans with their nice 6th place finish. The boys team of Ben Hughes, Joshua Roets, Joshua Schaber, and John Klaves ran to a DASH record 1:30 time, also good for 6th. Ella Johnson and Miles Talbert were back hurdling again, this time in the 60 yard low hurdles. Freshman Ella Johnson came in ahead of 4 girls as she continues to help the team wherever needed. Abby Chu raced five laps around the track in 2:48 to place 11th overall in the 800. Our distance running trio of Justin Chu, Brian Durbin, and Joe Maurer were back for the 800, all finishing in the 2:20’s, and placing in the top-14, including Justin’s 5th place run. Zoe Smith has had some leg issues this past week, but to the coach’s relief she made it to the end of the meet still running fast with a nice 31.93 200 time. Kayla Bruton was a late arrival, but her 8th place 200 finish was worth the wait. Kayla looked very good. The DASH fans will not want to miss any of her races this year. We had our three boys entries in the 200 all in the same heat. Junior Joshua Roets proved the fastest this time. He impressed us with his 28.93 indoor time to cap off a great first track meet. Coming in behind Joshua were Ben Hughes who edged Jared Aguilar. The boys have some speed this year. Let’s hope the coach figures out the best ways to use it. Caleb Schaber paced behind Drake Hacker for most of the 2 mile race. Drake struggled some and Caleb passed him near the end, but Drake showed us what he is made of with a gutsy last lap. Drake didn’t have a good day by his standards, but the 2 mile is tough this early. Caleb may be a freshman, but he showed the DASH fans once again that he is already one of our top distance runners. The stands had thinned out some by the 4×400, but of course we still had plenty of DASH fans on hand. Katie Gorectke started for the girls and kept us close. Ella Johnson and Zipporah Caspers followed with some great splits. We were in 4th and not too far back of 3rd, but the 1st place team had lapped us. Kayla Bruton ran the anchor leg and stayed with the top team’s anchor, even stopping when the other girl finished. We then got Kayla to run one more lap to put our claim on 4th. Justin Chu led the boys 4×400 team which stayed in a battle with the home team the whole way. Joe Maurer, Brian Durbin, and John Klaves gave us everything they had left, but we finished a couple steps back with a 4:06. A good 4×400 is always a great way to cap off a day of racing.

In field events, our shot put teams were close to what we expected. Samuel Zinkgraf, Brendan Sanchez, and Joshua Schaber all threw well for the boys, while Zoe Smith, Elisabeth Krmpotich, and Meg Mazza did the same for the girls. The girls high jump bar started at 3’10”, and Ella Johnson and Alivia Kempf were close but they could not keep the bar from falling. Abby Chu had a personal best 12’11” long jump. Kayla Bruton and Kayla Walters took the day off. Miles Talbert did not pop the big jump he is capable of yet. Brian Durbin had a solid 14’5″ leap. John Klaves took one jump for 16’2″ and called it a day. I was keeping him too busy running relays.

We certainly had our disappointments with Kayla Walters not able to give us her best, and Samuel Zinkgraf and Joshua Below having their days end early. Elijah Edlund had to miss the meet because he was sick. When you have a big team, not everyone is going to be at their best. It was impressive how we were able to plug different athletes into the relays and still hit or come very close to our seed times. We have things to work on in the next two weeks for sure, but we are not too far off from where we want to be. The season should be special. You will not want to miss it.

Thanks to all the DASH fans who came out. We had quite a contingent. Thanks to Ed Beck, Chuck Maurer, Danica Johnson, and Garrett Missiaen for their help with the coaching. Thanks to our photographers Hataya Johnson, Faith Caspers, and Grace Zinkgraf for getting the photos. The outdoor season is next. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

We got an early season look at the 2017 DASH high school girls track and field team last Thursday in the annual Waukesha South Preview Meet. The girls were able to get in out of the cold, and enjoy the warm indoor conditions while showing off their new jerseys. This is a practice meet. It gives us a chance to see where the team is now, gain some experience, and see all the areas that need working on in the weeks ahead.

Field events were first on the schedule and that included high jump. We have not participated in the high jump in years, but we had three brave volunteers for new DASH coach Danica Johnson to work with. Zipporah Caspers made the opening height of 3’6″. Ella Johnson cleared 3’8″, and Alivia Kempf made it to 4 feet before she was done. Very fun. In the shot put, Zoe Smith led the way with a 21’11”. Throwing for the first time, Elisabeth Krmpotich also got the shot past 21 feet.  Meg Mazza looked strong and broke her personal record by over 3 feet, and Katrina Lipski hit 18 feet. The coach was very happy with the shot put results. Emma Taylor was our lone long jumper and posted a team-best 11’8″.

Emma Taylor then got the running started in the 55m high hurdles. She ran conservatively and looked pretty good. We may need her to hurdle some more for us this year. In the 55m, Rebecca Doak and Zoe Smith both looked very fast with Rebecca clocking in at 8.2. Meg Mazza gave us a 3rd girl in the top-15 in the large group of 64 participants. Ella Johnson posted a nice 8.7 time. Alivia Kempf and Elisabeth Krmpotich were in the 9 second range and Naomi Zhou was just over 10. DASH veteran Katrina Lipski got in a good workout running the 10-lap mile race. Meg Mazza then got our 4×240 relay team started, a role she will be taking on often this season.  Meg put us near the lead as she handed off to Elisabeth Krmpotich. Elisabeth moved us up into first, and when Jessy Homa was done we were several steps ahead. Then Zipporah Caspers ran the anchor leg and held off a good Wisconsin Lutheran girl in a photo finish.  Except there was no photo finish as this is a hand-timed meet. The official results had us taking 2nd by .3 seconds. That was the one poorly timed event that we had.  Ella Johnson won her 400 heat, which included Alivia Kempf, with both girls posting pretty fast early-season results. In her first DASH race, senior Abigail Doak did the 400 in 1:20, and Emma Taylor’s 1:14 was good for 2nd place overall despite getting bumped in the home stretch. Our girls were seeded in the fast heat of the 4×160 relay and Meg Mazza again got the team started off fast. Rebecca Doak kept us tied for the lead with one other team, but then the handoff to Jessy Homa was dropped. It was an especially exciting two laps, anyway. In the first heat of the 800, Jessy Homa led our girls followed by Katrina Lipski and Naomi Zhou. In the second heat, Zipporah Caspers led Abigail Doak around the 5 laps. Distance running isn’t easy early in the season, but all the girls posted respectable times. In the 200, Rebecca Doak caught our attention again, winning her heat which included Meg Mazza and Elisabeth Krmpotich. Zoe Smith coasted in with a 33.1 time in her heat. This team has plenty of speed again this year. The 4×400 capped off the day of racing. Emma Taylor, Ella Johnson, Alivia Kempf, and Zipporah Caspers all ran very well, finishing 2nd in their heat.

Despite little practice time because of the weather the team held up very well. Add in the fact that we have nine very good athletes on reserve who were not able to participate this time, you come up with a very promising group of girls. It is going to be fun, but we do have plenty to work on in practice. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Ed Beck and Danica Johnson for their help with the coaching. Thanks to Hataya Johnson and Faith Caspers for taking the photos. Hopefully we will get to see Faith running again soon. Thanks for all the volunteers Waukesha South got together to put on the meet. And thanks to all the DASH fans for coming out.  I didn’t see any other teams with more.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school track and field team completed another successful season last Thursday up in Jackson. Living Word Lutheran and host Kettle Moraine Lutheran were on hand, making it our smallest meet of the season, but the racing was very competitive. The weather was cool, but not cold, with the wind blowing from the west toward the finish line. It would be a day where multiple teams would push each other to team records, and where our DASH stars would have one more chance to reach new milestones, and leave behind a lasting legacy in the DASH record books.

Our triple jumpers got the day off to an exciting start. Ben Bridge broke his own DASH record by a quarter inch. The girls triple jump record had withstood all challengers all season, but the day had finally arrived where it would fall. Hannah Forget got past the 27 foot record by two inches, but Johannah Lee’s triple jump measured just a quarter inch farther giving her the DASH record honors. In the shot put, Samuel Zinkgraf’s 29’10” throw was good for 2nd place. Brendan Sanchez backed him up with a personal best 26’01” to place 4th. Renee Walters placed 3rd, Zoe Smith 5th, and Nina Smrecek 7th. They have been our best throwers all season. Emily Czaplewski and Katrina Lipski had season best days which bodes well for next year. Our discus throwers did well. Renee Walters fell just short of her DASH record with a 78’5″ effort. Ben Bridge went past 73 feet and place 3rd. Will Farrell and Seth Holter were well over 60 feet, and Brendan Sanchez had a personal best 59’7″ throw. In the long jump, Kayla Bruton made it to 13’7″. Abby Chu went past 12 feet for the third meet in a row, and Johannah Lee followed up her triple jump with a 11’7″ long jump. John Klaves had his best jump since the indoor meet with his 15’10”. He was followed by Briton Kostrzewa, Paul Harty, and Nolan Giles-Pufahl, all jumping to personal bests. Very nice.

The running events started with the 4×800 relay. Andrea Beck decided to save herself for the 1600, but our girls still had eyes on the DASH record. Kayla Walters raced the first leg in just 2:47 to put us ahead of where we needed to be. Abby Chu, always reliable, did her laps exactly to the second of what the coach said was needed. We had now built up a sizable lead, and thus would not be pushed to the record. Faith Caspers and Zipporah Caspers ran the last four laps, and with the help of the DASH fans, and the prodding of the coach, raced in with a time of 11:32. Yes, it would be another DASH record, and by only a second! The coach regrouped, (he was the most excited), just in time to watch Hannah Forget run the 100 hurdles. Her 22.80 time was a personal best. In the 100 meters, we had three girls in the final heat. Nina Smrecek posted a fast 14.58 time. Zoe Smith finished in 13.94, just .01 second behind the 2nd place girl, and Kayla Bruton made it look easy, running 13.46 to place first. Tim Kowalinski, Will Farrell, and Ben Hughes all posted low 13 second times with Ben Hughes’ 13.12 keeping him a step ahead. Samuel Zinkgraf gave us a 12.41 effort, the fastest non hand-timed 100 meter race ever for the DASH team. Andrea Beck posted a 5:53 time in her 1600 race. Katrina Lipski finished 3rd in 7:47. Justin Chu drafted behind Jacob Dickman for close to three laps and went on to smash the 5 minute barrier for the first time. We have been waiting for Justin to get under 5 minutes all season. His 4:56 bumps him up to the really fast division now. It is where we know he belongs. That really fast division is where Jacob has been for over a year. His last 1600 DASH race was his fastest yet – 4:46.20. Drake Hacker moved up to 3rd in the last lap to give us a 1-2-3 finish. Joe Maurer also moved up and ended up 5th overall with his 5:19 time. John Kowalinski followed with a personal best 5:38. Our girls 4×200 relay team of Nina Smrecek, Kayla Walters, Jessy Homa, and Zoe Smith ran to a respectable 2:05. Then we were on to the 400. Things were moving along very fast. Kayla Bruton stayed just ahead of Abby Chu at the end with her 1:12 time. Emily Czaplewski cut two seconds off her personal best time to place 6th. Briton Kostrzewa was in a class by himself with his 56.50 time. Paul Harty worked his way into 2nd place with his 1:01 time. John Klaves was right behind Paul and just ahead of the really fast, but tired, Justin Chu. Our 4×100 girls team of Hannah Forget, Renee Walters, Zipporah Caspers, and Jessy Homa stayed close with their 1:02 time. The boys team of Will Farrell, Ben Hughes, Seth Holter, and Timothy Kowalinski ran well to place 2nd. The 300 hurdles was next and Johannah Lee came out the winner in the girls race with a strong 1:01. Ben Bridge found no challengers as he posted a nice 53.44 time. The 800 girls race was next. Andrea Beck was pushed along this time, and did not take the lead until the home stretch. It took a 2:37 effort from Andrea to pull off the win, and lower one of her DASH records yet one more time. Well done! Faith Caspers, Zipporah Caspers, and Kayla Walters stuck together the whole way. Their times were respectable, but far from what they did in the 4×800. With the record in hand, that was OK. For the boys, Jacob Dickman and Briton Kostrzewa went out with the lead pack of four. The racing was fast in the lead pack with Jacob jockeying for the lead most of the way. Jacob finished in 2:09 and Briton in 2:12. That was very good considering their lack of recovery time. In 5th place was John Kowalinski. His 2:30 time was impressive. Joe Maurer had a good finish to get his 2:34. John Klaves was next with a 2:43, and Brendan Sanchez looked strong, staying close to John the whole way and posting a 2:54. In the 200, Kayla Bruton moved up to 2nd late and posted a personal best 28.46. Zoe Smith’s great start got her to a 29.12 time and 3rd place overall. Nina Smrecek, in her last DASH race, gave us a 30.59. She has never been faster. What a season she has had! Hannah Forget won her heat by a large margin in 32.70, breaking her personal record by over a second. Paul Harty won his 200 heat which included Seth Holter and Nolan Giles-Pufahl. The last heat was called back after running close to 100 meters. Ben Hughes still raced in with a nice 27.62. Samuel Zinkgraf did a 26.22 despite tweaking his hamstring earlier. We had reached the 4×400. Our boys team of Paul Harty, John Klaves, Ben Bridge, and John Kowalinski raced to a respectable 4:13 2nd place finish, only behind our really fast boys team of Justin Chu, Samuel Zinkgraf, Jacob Dickman, and Briton Kostrzewa. Our really fast guys posted a 4 minute flat time. Samuel couldn’t resist the chance to run with these guys one more time and came away limping. I hope the injury does not slow Sam down too long. Johannah Lee got the girls team off to a great start. Kayla Walters and Faith Caspers ran well in the middle legs, but not at DASH record pace. Andrea Beck was next to give the team one last lap in her storied career. Andrea stormed around the last turn and moved us into 2nd place with her 1:08 split. It was yet one more memorable finish from Andrea, putting a stamp on another memorable DASH season.

It is hard to believe this was our last meet. The team is running so well now and having so much fun, it is a shame it has to come to an end. What makes it even harder to say goodbye to the season is that we are saying goodbye to our seniors. The team will be very different next year without long-time DASH stars Andrea Beck, Jacob Dickman, Renee Walters, and Nina Smrecek. Fortunately their legacy will be remembered through the DASH Blog, our Flickr photos, and maybe an appearance now and then at DASH events. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to athletes for giving us such an exciting, special season. It was fun having such a big team that filled up so many events. Thanks to Ed Beck for his help with the coaching. Thanks to all the DASH fans who lined the fence throughout the meet cheering the team on. And yes, we got some great photos once again that you will want to check out. Thanks to Kettle Moraine Lutheran for rescheduling and then hosting such a great meet. And thanks to the camera lady and Grace Caspers for their effort. We still have three more middle school track meets so it is not time to rest yet. The returning high school team gets to start getting ready for cross country season starting now. More great times await in the fall.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

It was a perfect day for a track meet last Thursday, and the DASH high school track team took advantage of it to post some really fast times at the annual Waukesha South Old-Fashioned Track Meet. The athletes get to pick their own events at this meet, and we had plenty of athletes try out something new. We ran fast and had fun. Below are the highlights.

Hannah Forget got the DASH running started with a solid 22.69 effort in the 100 hurdles. Katrina Lipski looked fast in her 100 heat with her 15.85. Hannah Forget came in ahead of Emily Czaplewski in the next heat. Nina Smrececk stayed just ahead of Meg Mazza with both girls getting mid 14-second times to get their day off to a good start. Renee Walters followed with a 15.04 time in the same heat. Kayla Bruton and Zoe Smith went head-to-head in the last heat. Zoe’s 14.00 time was fast, but Kayla’s blazing fast 13.41 kept her ahead. Ben Bridge, Tim Kowalinski, and Paul Harty got their chance to show their speed in the 100. All fared well with Ben and Paul matching each other stride for stride to post 13.4 times. Tim broke 13 seconds in his quest to become a sprinter. Will Farrell followed with his own 13.4 time, and then Samuel Zinkgraf powered his way to a new DASH record of 11.87 in the last heat. Very nice! Andrea Beck was pushed along through the first three laps in the 1600 before taking command in the end. Andrea clocked in at 5:40 to lower her own DASH record by 7 seconds. Katrina Lipski had a season-best 7:29 in her 1600. John Kowalinski stayed near the front in the first 1600 boys heat and finished with a 5:41. In the second heat, Jacob Dickman and Justin Chu were the pacesetters after a rough start and ran by themselves the last three laps to finish 1-2. Joe Maurer finished strong and clocked in at 5:15 to take 3rd. Brian Durbin had a very fast first lap and then hung on for an impressive 5:33 time in his first 1600 race. In the 4×200, the girls team of Hannah Forget, Kayla Walters, Faith Caspers, and Zipporah Caspers looked good and finished in 2:10. Our team of Nina Smrecek, Meg Mazza, Zoe Smith, and Kayla Bruton lowered their own DASH record set last Friday to 1:59. No record appeared safe the way we were racing today. In the 400, Seth Holter edged Nolan Giles-Pufahl as they raced one lane apart. John Klaves got his 400 time down to 1:02. In the last heat, Samuel Zinkgraf, Briton Kostrzewa, and Justin Chu raced each other with each finishing in under 60 seconds – Justin in 58 seconds, Samuel in 57, and Briton breaking an 8-year old DASH record with his 56.02. Yes, no record was safe today! The girls fielded a record three 4×100 teams. Zipporah Caspers, Faith Caspers, Katrina Lipski, and Emily Czaplewski raced around in 1:07. Hannah Forget, Renee Walters, Jessy Homa, and Kayla Bruton broke a minute with their 59.69. But the team of Nina Smrecek, Meg Mazza, Kayla Walters, and Zoe Smith were the ones that lowered another DASH record with their fast 57.63! We had two boys 4×100 team that had fun racing each other. Paul Harty, Ben Bridge, Will Farrell, and Tim Kowalinski finished a few steps ahead of John Kowalinski, John Klaves, Seth Holter, and Brian Durbin. Ben Bridge and Paul Harty then moved on to the 300 hurdles with Ben coming in just ahead with a 54.37 time. We had five girls toe the line for the 800. Kayla Bruton, trying the 800 for the first time, went out fast and led through the first lap. On the back stretch of the 2nd lap, Faith Caspers took off being pulled along by the lead pack. Faith finished in a personal best 2:51. Zipporah Caspers came in next with a 2:59, followed closely by Kayla Bruton at 3:00 and Jessy Homa at 3:02. Katrina Lipski, in her 4th race of the day came in with a 3:36. For the boys, we had four boys all race to personal bests. John Kowalinski lowered his time down to 2:24 with Joe Maurer getting his time down to 2:20. Jacob Dickman and Briton Kostrzewa in a valiant attempt to break another DASH record came up just short with their 2:08 and 2:09 times. Those times are the 2nd and 3rd fastest DASH times ever. The racing slowed down some now as the meet was taking longer than usual. Emily Czaplewski did the 200 meters in 36.78. Zoe Smith then put together a very good time of 28.63, her best 200 time of the year. Ben Bridge finished ahead of Brian Durbin with a nice 27.87 time. Samuel Zinkgraf then showed off his speed once again in the final 200 heat, breaking yet another DASH record with his 25.09! In the 3200, Drake Hacker finally got his day started and made the most of it. Drake led from start to finish and smashed his personal record with his 11:14 effort. It was just light enough to get in the 4×400. The girls team of Jessy Homa, Kayla Walters, Faith Caspers, and Kayla Bruton did a 4:49 to come within a fraction of a second of the DASH record. Meanwhile, Justin Chu, Samuel Zinkgraf, Jacob Dickman, and Briton Kostrzewa were getting the baton around the four laps in just 3:52 to win the last race of the day, and smash one last DASH record. What a day of racing!

The field events are hard to sneak in at this meet, but we did have a few good results. Kayla Bruton jumped 13’11.5″. Renee Walters triple jumped past 26 feet, and Hannah Forget got past 25 feet. Field event specialist Renee Walters threw her discus a season best 75 feet after breaking her own DASH record in the shot put. The new record is now 25’03.5″. For the boys, Ben Bridge did a 29 foot triple jump. John Klaves led the long jumpers with his 15’01”. Briton Kostrzewa and Brian Durbin were in the high 13 foot range. Ben Bridge hit the 74 foot mark with his discus, Will Farrell threw 68 feet, and Seth Holter 59’08”.

The team had some old-fashioned fun, getting to try out some new events and still finding time to set eight new DASH records. This team just keeps getting better each week, and fortunately we still have two more meets on the schedule. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Waukesha South for doing all the work that a host team does, and letting us compete and have fun. Thanks to the camera lady, plus Andrea Beck and Zipporah Caspers for capturing the meet in photos. With the sun out and the finish line on the east side of the track, getting finish line photos is particularly difficult. They did not do too bad. Thanks to Ed Beck and Pete Dickman for all their coaching help. We do it again next Thursday. You will not want to miss it.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

Last Friday the high school team was at Union Grove high school to compete in the much anticipated Pacer Relays. It was supposed to be the teams’ third meet in three days, but because of the rainy, cold week everyone would arrive well rested. This is the coach’s favorite meet. Individual glory is put aside as our athletes work together, combining their talents to see how we stack up against the worthy competition. DASH records are usually set as the intensity drives the team to compete at its highest levels. It all adds up to a special night where memories that will last a lifetime are made.

When the heat sheets came out Thursday morning, we found both of our 4×1600 relay teams listed as the top seeds. We have never come out on top in any Pacer Relays event before. That would hopefully be changing this year, but we knew it wouldn’t happen if we did not bring our best. The Martin Luther team got out ahead of our 4×1600 team by about 100 meters through the first mile despite Kayla Walters running in the 6:20’s. We knew then we were in for quite a race. Faith Caspers and Zipporah Caspers raced through the next eight laps as fast as we expected, but the girls could not put a dent in Martin Luther’s lead. Andrea Beck took the baton for the last four laps and patiently and methodically cut the deficit down to about 25 meters before the bell lap. Andrea made her move to loud DASH cheers right in front of our tent with 300 meters to go. Her kick would not be matched. It took 16 laps to get the lead, along with a 5:47 effort from Andrea, but the girls did it. We had laid claim to our first 1st place Pacer Relay medals. The boys lined up next with Justin Chu getting out fast through the first two laps. Justin would put us in a close third through the first mile, before handing off to Drake Hacker. Drake soon passed the Martin Luther team. It was now a two-team race with Drake keeping the Shoreland Lutheran team in his sights. Briton Kostrzewa would then tuck in behind Shoreland’s third runner and stay that way for the first three laps. On Briton’s last lap, again with 300 meters to go right in front of our tent, he made his move to the front. Briton’s kick gave us a lead of over 50 meters as he got the baton to Jacob Dickman. That is right where we wanted to be. Jacob would never be threatened over the last mile as the boys laid claim to our second set of 1st place medals with a time of 20:20. Monumental! We had three girls jump the 100 hurdles. Grace Zinkgraf, Johannah Lee, Hannah Forget earned the team four points for their efforts which is what we had hoped when we formed that team. Our sprinters were next. Our 4×200 girls team of Nina Smrecek, Zoe Smith, Meg Mazza, and Kayla Bruton gave us a DASH record, finishing in 2:01, yet only finished 7th. The boys 4×200 team of Jeremy Marek, Ben Hughes, Westley Marek, and Samuel Zinkgraf broke a long standing DASH record by 3 seconds, yet took 8th. The competition was fast, and was pulling us along to some really nice times. Our girls distance medley team got started with an 800 leg from Kayla Walters. Abby Chu then ran a fast 400 meters, followed by Zipporah Caspers nice 4:42 split over 1200. With Andrea Beck ready to run another 1600 leg, we found ourselves not far back from the Martin Luther girls again, running in 3rd. Andrea Beck soon moved us up to 2nd and that is where the girls would finish. Our 14:47 time lowered they DASH record by 30 seconds. In the boys distance medley, Briton Kostrzewa got us into the lead through the first 800. Drake Hacker ran the next 400 and got the baton to Justin Chu just ahead of the Ronald Reagan team. Justin then proved too fast for the other athletes running the 1200. Jacob Dickman would once again get to run the last four laps with the lead. It was a tight race behind us, but we stayed well ahead of all that, crossing the finish line 14 seconds ahead with an amazing time of 11:55. It was a second set of 1st medals for the boys. The 4×100 was next, and our girls team of Hannah Forget, Jessy Homa, Johannah Lee, and Meg Mazza was impressive and got us the 5th place points with their 1:01 effort. Our boys team of Westley Marek, Ben Hughes, John Klaves, and Ben Bridge got the baton around the track in 53 seconds to take 7th. The sprint medley was next. We fielded a very strong girls team of Nina Smrecek, Kayla Bruton, Zoe Smith, and Abby Chu. The girls stayed very competitive and ended up a very close 4th place with their 2:10 time, breaking the DASH record by 8 seconds. When the 2nd place team was disqualified we were moved up to 3rd to capture some more medals. Medals and DASH records were coming our way on a steady basis. What fun! But then our boys sprint medley team of Westley Marek, John Klaves, Jeremy Marek, and Tim Kowalinski found the competition especially tough while taking 10th out of 11 teams. Our distance runners were back for the 4×800. Briton Kostrzewa and Justin Chu had enough left to put us in 2nd place through 4 laps, but the race was staying very close behind us. John Kowalinski gave us a personal best 2:29 split, but we fell back into 3rd. Jacob Dickman gave us an inspired surge at the finish, but this time we would come up short by .05 seconds. The boys would add some 3rd place medals to their haul. The girls 4×800 were seeded to place 3rd, well behind 2nd and well ahead of 4th and that is exactly how the race played out. Kayla Walters, Faith Caspers, Zipporah Caspers, and Andrea Beck ran the 8 laps in 11:46. We would not be pushed a DASH record this time, but we would get another set of top-3 medals. We were able to field very strong teams in the 4×100 Throwers relay. Our girls team of Nina Smrecek, Renee Walters, Meg Mazza, and Zoe Smith got the lead early and saw it only got bigger as the girls set a DASH record 58.81. The girls won the 1st place medals and the free hot dogs. Yummy! The boys team of Ben Bridge, Ben Hughes, Samuel Zinkgraf, and Jeremy Marek made a valiant effort for the hot dogs, but the Thomas More team was just a little hungrier. The boys settled for the 2nd place medals hoping the hot dogs would slow the Thomas More boys down for next year. Our girls 4×400 team of Abby Chu, Johannah Lee, Jessy Homa, and Kayla Bruton broke 5 minutes to take 4th overall. The boys 4×400 team of Tim Kowalinski, John Klaves, John Kowalinski, and Samuel Zinkgraf finished the amazing day of racing by coming in first in their heat. Well, the day was finished until the coaches were coaxed into the Coach’s Relay. The old coach, with his back hurting, got us off to a slow start. Then coach Dickman kept us slow through the 2nd leg. Tonya Bruton and Mr. Beck were able to give us a good finish. I was surprised at how much fun the athletes had watching us all. We will have to prepare better for next year. Practice on Tuesday.

Our field event teams got us some extra points, with one team nabbing our first ever top-3 medals. Our boys long jumpers were actually declared the winners for a while. John Klaves, Briton Kostrzewa, and Westley Marek’s jumps added up to over 45 feet. Jeremy Marek also jumped over 15 feet. PTTiming added our 4 boys together and they came out ahead of the other teams 3 jumpers. After taking Jeremy out the boys finished 8th. Our boys discus throwers also took 8th. Jeremy Marek got his discus just over 70 feet, while Samuel Zinkgraf and Ben Bridge were in the mid 60’s. We were short on shot putters, but Ben Bridge got his shot past 24 feet. We fielded a girls triple jump team for the first time. Renee Walters, Hannah Forget, and Johannah Lee had their jumps add up to over 75 feet to finish 5th. Our shot put team of Renee Walters, Zoe Smith, and Nina Smrecek impressed with their 7th place finish out of the 10 teams competing. Our discus team of Renee Walters, Andrea Beck, and Grace Zinkgraf finished a nice 5th place out 8 teams. Our girls long jump team captured the 3rd place medals with Kayla Walters and Abby Chu’s jumps adding up to over 25 feet. Kayla Bruton gave us another 14 feet 10.5 inches to win the meet with a DASH record setting jump. Wow! I wish we had photos of that jump.

Our boys finished up with 40 team points to place 7th. The girls earned 72 team points to place 4th, just behind Shoreland Lutheran’s 79 points, and Thomas More’s 77. A pole vault competition was added to the meet earlier in the week which Thomas More won and Shoreland Lutheran placed 2nd. Take the pole vault out and our girls would have moved up to second. Oh, so close, but that’s the way it goes.

The team competed exceptionally well. We had nine DASH records set. Looking back I am not sure how we could have done much better. I was a little worried during the girls 4×1600 that the day would have us coming up just short, but Andrea’s comeback in the 16th lap squashed those doubts and then the team rolled through the meet and kept the great results coming. I did not find out about the girls long jump until after the meet, so the epic results continued even after the meet for me. I hope everyone enjoyed it, and appreciate the effort the athletes gave us.

Thanks to Mr. Beck and Pete Dickman for helping inspire the athletes to compete at their best. Thanks to the DASH fans for spurring the team on. It was no accident that our base is where the team started moving up in many of the races. Thanks to the Shoreland Lutheran team for hosting such a top-notch meet that I have come to hold so dear. Thanks to the camera lady who captured the excitement in photos. I actually forgot the camera, then Renee Walters was going to bring it, but she also forgot it. But Andrea Beck came through for us by bringing her camera and letting us use it. What a relief! The team still has three meets left. We get to see what this team can do for an encore.  I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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