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Hello DASH families,

Track practices will start with a high school Saturday morning practice on March 2nd, 9:15 AM at Hart Park in Wauwatosa. The middle school team will get started two weeks later on Tuesday, March 19th at 6:15 PM at Hart Park, joining the high school team. We will then settle into our usual Tuesday and Thursday, 6:15 PM, full team practice schedule with a few Saturday practices at Milwaukee Hamilton High School mixed in. Since daylight savings time starts on March 10th, I am going to have 6:15 PM evening practices on March 5th and 7th for my high school distance runners. We will meet at my house to run the hills around my neighborhood.

I have the tentative high school meet schedule posted. We did lose a meet, so I am in the process of finding a meet to replace it. The middle school schedule will be posted when it is finalized in a month or two. You can always check the DASH Team Calendar for the latest practice and meet schedules.

Please start spreading the word about the DASH team. Tell your friends about how much fun we have, and tell their parents how affordable it is – just a $35 donation is all we ask. For returning middle school athletes that already have a jersey, we request only $25. It is simply the best deal in homeschool sports!  Please feel free to pass my contact information on to anyone with interest.

Come February, we should start getting in some running when we can to get us ready for another great DASH season. I look forward to seeing everyone soon. Until then, study hard and stay healthy.

Take care,
Jim Caspers


Hello DASH families,

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

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

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

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

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

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

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

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

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

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

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

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

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 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,

Track practices will start with a bonus high school Saturday morning practice on March 4th at 9:15 AM at Hart Park in Wauwatosa. The middle school team will get started two weeks later on Tuesday, March 21st, joining the high school team. We will then settle into our usual Tuesday and Thursday, 6:15 PM, practice schedule at Hart Park in Wauwatosa. I am also going to have practices on March 7th and 9th for my high school distance runners. We will meet at my house to run the hills around my neighborhood.

I have the tentative high school meet schedule posted. The middle school schedule will be posted when it is finalized in a month or two. You can always check the DASH Team Calendar for the latest practice and meet schedules.

Please start spreading the word about the DASH team. Tell your friends about how much fun we have, and tell their parents how affordable it is – just a $30 donation is all we ask. For returning middle school athletes that already have a jersey, we request only $20. It is simply the best deal in homeschool sports! Please feel free to pass my contact information on to anyone with interest.

The weather has been warmer than usual, so we all should start getting in some running when we can to get us ready for another great DASH season. I look forward to seeing everyone soon. Until then, study hard and stay healthy.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school track team finished up its season at the Milwaukee Invitational last Saturday. Marquette University High School’s Quad Park was the place for all the action. It is a track that has given us so many memorable races before. Now the current edition of our team would get the chance to post some of its own great results, and hopefully give the coach a few more legendary tales that he can inspire future teams with. It was a warm, somewhat breezy day. The track would be running fast. There were 12 of the strongest teams in the area on hand to compete. When 9:30 rolled around, we would get to see how our team stacked up.

Julianna Caspers lined up as the top seed in the 5th grade 1600. She gave us a big come from behind win here last year, and has not been beaten this year, but the competition would be her strongest of the season. Julianna’s plan was to get out ahead and not give anyone ideas that they could run with her, and she executed the plan flawlessly. Her routine 6:42 time was nine seconds ahead of second. First place medals don’t come easy at this meet, but Julianna earned another one. Joshua Lipski had by far his best 1600 race to date. He clocked in at 7:18. Very nice! Ethan Blischke ran in the 6th grade 1600 that amazingly had the top 8 athletes all break 6 minutes. Of course Ethan was one of them. His 5:56 time set a 6th grade DASH record. Joshua LeSac and Daniel Caspers placed 9th and 12th in the 7th grade race. In the 100 meters, we had five girls race each other in one heat. Zaela Schlissel and Gigi Edlund came out on top with low 17 second times. In the outside lanes, Elena Lezala-Montoya came in ahead of Mary LeSac and Angela Walters. In the next heat, Madelyn Zielinski ran the 100 meters in just 16.01 to place 8th overall. Emily Zielinski was one of four 6th grade girls to break 15 seconds. Her 14.92 was good for the 3rd place medal. Alexa Dawson’s 15.03 placed her 6th among the 7th graders. Katie Gorectke and Emma Taylor raced each other for the first time of the day. Katie’s 14.45 put her 4th overall with Emma just behind in 6th. Those kind of results will make it harder for me to push those girls into some longer races. Salim Lubbad was edged out at the finish and settled for the 3rd place medal. Micah Chan got his day started with a nice 16.66 time. Tikvah Schlissel’s 14.59 time gave him 10th place. Elijah Edlund’s 13.61 placed him 9th, but then we found out his leg was giving him problems. Sean Seraphine posted a nice 14.79 time. The medley relays were next. Madelyn Zielinski, Ethan Blischke, and Stephanie Chu got us into the lead. Elijah Edlund, not running 100%, then held off all but one team as the team earned the 2nd place medals. Our team of Micah Chan, Emily Zielinski, Joshua LeSac, and Naomi Zhou stayed competitive early and finished 7th. Our 8th grade girls 4×400 team had the goal of breaking the high school DASH record of 4:48. With the strong St Matthias team in the race, we knew we would be pushed to a good time. Emma Taylor, Rebecca Dickman, and Stephanie Chu all had impressive splits and put us in the lead. Katie Gorectke was passed by the St. Matthias anchor who ran her lap in about 60 seconds, but the girls were very excited to see their 4:46 time! Let me predict that the high school 4×400 record will be falling next year. Alexander Taylor, Salim Lubbad, Nathanael Chu, and Ethan Blischke finished 9 seconds under their seed time, but had to settle for 4th place in the very strong 6th grade boys division. In the 800, Julianna Caspers was the 2nd seed among the 5th graders. She stayed in the lead pack of 4 girls the whole way, and charged into the lead on the home stretch. She was pulled in only by the top seeded girl to place 2nd. Another impressive race from Julianna! Rebecca Dickman’s 2:58 time in the 8th grade girls race put her 7th overall. The 8th grade girls distance runners are very fast this year. Joshua Lipski had another good race this time in the 800. His 3:23 time is his new personal best. Nathanael Chu did two laps in just 2:58 to place 3rd overall. Everyone likes watching Nathanael run, and I sure liked seeing that time. Ethan Blischke battled his way to a 7th place finish with his 2:51 time. Joshua LeSac’s 3:04 gave him 8th place. The 200 was next, and the team put on a display like we have never seen before. We again had five 5th grade girls go head-to-head in the same heat. Zaela Schlissel got way ahead and finished in 36.37. That gave her 11th overall and is an amazing time for a 3rd grader. Elena Lezala-Montoya was next with a nice 38.06 time. Angela Walters edged Mary LeSac in a photo finish. Fourth grader Madelyn Zielinski was again in the final heat and posted an 8th place 35.25. Those were good results, but they hardly stopped there. Emily Zielinski had a great start in her 6th grade heat, and needed another late surge to cross the finish line first with her 30.30 time. What an exciting victory for Emily! Stephanie Chu and Alexa Dawson lined up in the final 7th grade heat. Stephanie got off to one of her usual great starts and then relentlessly held off all the other charging girls. It would be a 2nd place finish in 30.20 for Stephanie. Wow! Alexa Dawson followed with a respectable 31.01 for 6th place. Katie Gorectke and Emma Taylor came in together in their 200 heat. We did not know who won until the results came out. Officially, Katie nipped Emma by .02 with her 30.05 time. That gives us five girls that have run 200’s in under 31 seconds this year. We have only had two other girls that have ever done that in 11 years of DASH middle school racing! Salim Lubbad kept everyone comfortably behind him with his inspired final heat effort. He only got the 2nd place medal as a Hales Corners Lutheran boy, running without a seed time, ran faster in another heat. I bet you Salim would have beat him head-to-head. Micah Chan broke 36 seconds for the first time. Alexander Taylor’s 33.40 was his fastest of the year. Tikvah Schlissel finished in 30.32 to take 10th overall. In the 400, Julianna Caspers gave us one more lap in 1:28. Stephanie Chu gave us another lap in 1:13 to place 3rd overall and win yet another medal. Katie Gorectke stayed fast despite all her racing. Her 1:12 placed her 3rd overall, with Emma Taylor giving us two girls in the top-5. Nathanael Chu placed 8th with his 1:19. Alexander Taylor did a 1:21. Elijah Edlund tested his leg, but held up and posted a 1:23. Our 5th grade girls 4×100 team of Elena Lezala-Montoya, Mary LeSac, Zaela Schlissel, and Madelyn Zielinski placed 4th overall, just a second out of 2nd place. The 7th grade team of Emily Zielinski, Annika Lipski, Stephanie Chu, and Alexa Dawson did a 1:03 to place 3rd. Our 6th grade boys team of Micah Chan, Joshua Lipski, Bryant Farrell, and Alexander Taylor finished our day of racing with a 1:10 time.

Of course we had a lots of good field event results. In the shot put, Alexa Dawson placed 4th, with Annika Lipski in 10th. Tikvah Schlissel got the 5th place ribbon, and Elijah Edlund’s 32’4″ throw placed him 4th. Gigi Edlund was our top girl softball thrower, and Bryant Farrell’s 115′ throw was tops amongst our boys. In the long jump, Gigi Edlund landed a 9’2″ jump for 11th place. Alexa Dawson had a 13 foot leap to place 2nd, just 1 inch behind first. I hope they measured right. Stephanie Chu placed 7th with her 11’5″ effort. Salim Lubbad went past 12 feet to place 5th. Ethan Blischke went exactly 12 feet to place 6th, and Elijah Edlund went over 13 feet to place 8th. In the discus, Jenna Walters effort was good for 5th. Annika Lipski threw her discus 45’2″ to place 9th, and Emma Taylor took 7th in the 8th grade division. We had two boys win in the discus. Joshua Lipski threw it five feet farther than any other 5th grader, and Tikvah Schlissel threw it 21 feet feet farther than any other 7th grader while breaking his own DASH record. 91’7″ is the new standard for Tikvah. Great job boys!

It was very satisfying seeing how well the team finished out the year. It would have been nice to have had closer to our full team on hand, but the athletes available were superb. This is my favorite middle school meet because it is so well run, and because it always shows us how good of a team we have had. Thinking back to watching this team practice in March, it is safe to say that the athletes exceeded the coach’s expectations. It was another great finish to another great year of DASH racing!

Thanks to our long jump volunteers, Faith Caspers, Zipporah Caspers, Katrina Lipski, and Lucretia Nyhart. The host team was very happy to have you help out. Thanks to Ed Beck for his help with the coaching. Thanks to all the parents who got their athletes to the meet and then turning into great DASH fans. Thanks to the athletes for giving the DASH fans an effort worthy of cheering for. Thanks to the camera lady, who with a little help from Faith and Zipporah, got us another great set of photos. Now to get all the awards sorted out for the end-of-the-year party. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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