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Hello DASH families,

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

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

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

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

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

Take care,
Jim Caspers


Hello DASH families,

The DASH 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,

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

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school track team was at Martin Luther High School last Saturday to compete in the Bulldog Dash Relays. Yes, the old Bulldog Dash was back after a year hiatus with a new all-relay format. Relay meets are always fun, but unfortunately I had to leave a few of our athletes of the roster this time. The weather was perfect as we geared up to race with seven other very good teams. We ran well, and we needed to. We found out it would take DASH record setting performances to cross the finish line first at this meet.

The distance medley was first on the schedule. I figured that our young and talented 5th grade girls would be tough to beat. Teams from all grade levels lined up to race together, and I did not get to see who the other 5th grade teams were before the race got going. Julianna Caspers ran the first four laps and kept up with all the bigger girls, but surprisingly she was not getting ahead of many. Savannah Bruton and Grace Caspers ran some good splits on their 400 meter legs, and then they got the baton to Julia Kowalinski for the 800 anchor leg. We ended up behind all the other teams which was surprising, but then we found out that all the other 5th grade teams had scratched. Our 13:14 time was very good and probably would have held up. We had three boys distance medley teams. The 8th grade team of Vincent Maurer, Elijah Edlund, Jared Aguilar, and Joshua LeSac ran in the very competitive 8th grade race. Their time of 11:30 put us in a close 4th place. The 6th grade team of Ethan Blischke, Caleb Alles, Bryant Farrell, and Alexander Taylor placed 3rd among the 6th graders, but ahead of the 7th grade winner. Our 5th grade team of Joshua Lipski, Salim Lubbad, Micah Chan, and Nathanael Chu made it close at the end, but settled for 2nd.

We fielded two girls teams for the 4×100 relay. Our 5th grade team of Elena Lezala-Montoya, Mary LeSac, Gigi Edlund, and Madelyn Zielinski raced around in a fast 1:11 to capture the 3rd place ribbons. The 7th grade team of Emily Zielinski, Annika Lipski, Stephanie Chu, and Alexa Dawson did an impressive 1:03 to place 3rd out of the 6 teams.

Our 5th grade girls 4×200 team of Elena Lezala-Montoya, Gigi Edlund, Savanna Bruton, and Madelyn Zielinski placed 3rd in a very spread out race. In a closer 5th grade boys race, Micah Chan, Nathanael Chu, and Joshua Lipski kept us in the mix. Then Salim Lubbad showed off his speed as he moved us up to 3rd down the home stretch. The 6th grade boys team of Bryant Farrell, Caleb Alles, Ethan Blischke, and Alexander Taylor finished the two laps in 2nd place. The 8th grade boys team of Jared Aguilar, Vincent Maurer, Joshua LeSac, and Elijah Edlund also took 2nd with their 2:04.19 time. Our 8th grade girls team of Emily Zielinski, Katie Gorectke, Emma Taylor, and Alexa Dawson was the only girls team to go under 2:10. Their 2:04.56 effort broke a 4-year old DASH record by 5 seconds! I knew that team would be tough to beat, and they proved it.

The Sprint Medley began with our 5th grade girls team. Elena Lezala-Montoya, Gigi Edlund, and Madelyn Zielinski did the first lap and put us in about a tie for second. Julianna Caspers, running in lane 7, was told to stay in her lane for the second lap which had us running farther than the other teams. I corrected the error after Julianna’s first turn, but the damage was done and we ended up in 4th. Our 5th grade boys team of Micah Chan, Joshua Lipski, Salim Lubbad, and Nathanael Chu were set up properly. Their relay was one of the closest of the day and our boys battled to a nice 3rd place finish among the 6 teams. In the 6th grade boys race, Bryant Farrell, Caleb Alles, and Alexander Taylor ran the first lap keeping us close. Then Ethan Blischke moved us up to 2nd place in his 400 meter leg and finished with an impressive 2:24 time. Our 8th grade girls were next. Emma Taylor, Alexa Dawson, and Katie Gorectke gave us the lead through one lap. Stephanie Chu ran a fast last lap, but was passed by the very good St. Matthias anchor. The girls set a DASH record, but had to settle for 2nd place.

In the 4×400, our 5th grade girls looked a little tired. Savanna Bruton, Grace Caspers, Julia Kowalinski, and Julianna Caspers did the four laps in 6:22 to place 4th. Our 8th grade girls team of Emma Taylor, Stephanie Chu, Annika Lipski, and Katie Gorectke finished with a pretty fast 5:32 time, good for 2nd place. In the last relay of the day, the 8th grade boys team of Vincent Maurer, Jared Aguilar, Joshua LeSac, and Elijah Edlund had the early lead in a close 3-team race. In the end, their 4:44 time gave them claim to the 2nd place ribbons.

The field event relays added two athletes distances together to determine the winner. I only have the total distances of both athletes as of yet. In the discus we had Emma Taylor and Katie Gorectke team up to throw 80’1″ which put them in a close 4th. The long jump was very competitive. Our 5th grade girls team of Madelyn Zielinski and Julianna Caspers placed 3rd out of five teams. The 5th grade boys team of Salim Lubbad and Micah Chan eked out a 3rd place finish by an inch. The 6th grade boys, Ethan Blischke and Nathanael Chu, tied for 2nd with jumps totaling 22 feet. The 7th grade boys team of Joshua LeSac and Daniel Caspers took 3rd overall and ahead of three teams with jumps of just 19’9″. All eight teams competed in the 7th grade girls long jump, yet our girls, Stephanie Chu and Alexa Dawson, came out on top with jumps totaling 23’6.75″. Well done! Our softball throwers did well. Our little girls team of Mary LeSac and Gigi Edlund kept four teams behind them while claiming the 3rd place ribbons. Joshua Lipski and Nathanael Chu took 5th among the 5th grade boys. Bryant Farrell and Caleb Alles teamed up to throw their softballs 235 feet. That was good for 2nd place among the 7 teams. Very nice! Annika Lipski and Alexa Dawson teamed up for 3rd place in the 7th grade shot put, and Elijah Edlund and Jared Aguilar won the 8th grade shot put by over 5 feet to cap off a good field event showing for the team.

It was nice to have an all relay meet on the schedule this year for the middle school team. Relays are always fun, and it is nice to put the emphasis on the team exclusively for at least one meet. The team still has two meets left to get some more individual and relay times in, and it looks like the team is peaking at the end of the season. That gives us an exciting racing week ahead. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to our long jump pit volunteers. Katrina Lipski, Steve Chu, Judy Chan, and Sara Lubbad worked hard and did a great job. Thanks to Faith Caspers for capturing the relay excitement in photos. And thanks to the many DASH fans on hand to cheer the athletes on. Now on to the teams final week.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

Our middle school track and field team was back in action on a gorgeous day at Brookfield Academy last Friday. Our team is not lacking for stars this year, and we would go on to post great results throughout the day.

The racing started at 3:00 sharp with the 100 meter hurdles. Ethan Blischke and Caleb Alles both broke 20 seconds in the 6th grade boys heat with Ethan coming away with a very close victory. Tikvah Schlissel placed 3rd among the 7th graders. Then Alex Hilbelink amazed the DASH fans by getting through the hurdles in just 17.01. Alex finished two hurdles ahead of the next competitor while smashing the DASH record. Oh my! Emma Taylor raced through the hurdles to a 2nd place finish as our lone girl hurdler. In the 100 meters, Melanie Hilbelink, Gigi Edlund, Mary LeSac, and Angela Walters all finished within half a second of each other, with Melanie and Gigi finishing with identical 18.09 times. Zanna Hughes was also in the 18’s in the 6th grade division. Micah Chan posted a nice 16.22 time to place 7th and Simon Smrecek kept up well with his 18.12. Alexa Dawson won her heat, but finished 3rd overall in a very tight 7th grade girls division. It is too bad the top girls did not race each other. Tikvah Schlissel ran the 100 meters in 14.22 to place 7th. Alex Hilbelink blew by everyone, just missing another DASH record, with his 13.11 to win the boys 7th grade division. In the 800, the little girls went first and they were fast. Julianna Caspers posted a nice 3:05 time, but that was only good for 4th among the 5th graders. Julia Kowalinski finished in 3:20 for 7th, and Grace Caspers’ 3:34 put her 10th. Rebecca Dickman went out with the leaders in the next heat. Her first lap was fast, the second lap was a struggle, but Rebecca hung on for 2nd place. Annika Lipski was the only 7th grader competing so her effort was good enough to place 1st. For the boys, Vincent Maurer took the lead in the 2nd lap and held off everyone to the finish to give us another DASH victory. His 2:32 time was very good. Ethan Blischke and Joshua LeSac finished in under 3 minutes with some good racing of their own. In the 200, Madelyn Zielinski raced to a 3rd place finish. Savannah Bruton stayed just ahead of Elena Lezala-Montoya as they came to the finish side by side. Gigi Edlund posted a good time to place 9th in the 6th grade division, and Emily Zielinski ran the 200 meters in just 31.24 to place 2nd. Katie Gorectke, in her first DASH track race, impressed us with her 2nd place effort. Micah Chan and Caleb Alles were our top 5th and 6th grade boys. Alex Hilbelink’s 29.09 placed him 3rd in the 7th grade division, and Jared Aguilar’s 27.87 got him 5th among the fast 8th grade boys. In the 400, Savannah Bruton outkicked Angela Walters at the end to place 7th. Zanna Hughes had a great start and hung on for 7th place in the 6th grade division. Emma Taylor raced around the track in just 1:14 to place 3rd. Alexander Taylor had a great finish. His 1:22 was good for 5th. The official times for Jared Aguilar and Elijah Edlund were both 1:08, but I had Jared’s time a little better than that. We ran four 4×100 teams. Our 5th grade team of Elena Lezala-Montoya, Simon Smrecek, Madelyn Zielinski, and Micah Chan ran well and placed 3rd. The 6th grade team of Savanna Bruton, Caleb Alles, Melanie Hilbelink, and Bryant Farrell were a close 7th. Our 7th grade team of Emily Zielinski, Alexa Dawson, Andrew Mazza and Alex Hilbelink gave us a come from behind victory, and the 8th grade team of Sean Seraphine, Katie Gorecke, Emma Taylor, and Elijah Edlund finished in 58 seconds to place 3rd. In the 1600, Julia Kowalinski raced out fast and had the lead through the first turn. Julianna Caspers followed her out and finished her first lap in just 1:24 to get ahead of all the 5th graders, and all but one 8th grader. Julianna then went head to head with another 8th grader for the next three laps in a great display of racing. Julianna was pushed to a personal best 6:33. That was 3rd overall and 29 seconds ahead of any other 5th grader. Wow! Julia Kowalinski and Grace Caspers gave us 3rd and 4th place efforts in a good showing from our little girl distance runners. In the boys 1600, Vincent Maurer stayed up with the leaders once again. His 5:50 time was good for 2nd place. Joshua LeSac won the 7th grade race with his personal best 6:16. Ethan Blischke matched Joshua’s time to earn 4th place honors in the 6th grade division. We had three teams in the final 4×400 heat. Our 6th grade team of Alexander Taylor, Savanna Bruton, Julianna Caspers, and Ethan Blischke were a little tired after the 1600 and finished in 5:48. Our team of Vincent Maurer, Annika Lipski, Joshua LeSac, and Rebecca Dickman was equally tired and did the four laps in 5:40. Our one team that wasn’t tired got involved in some of the best 4×400 racing I’ve seen. Katie Gorectke got the team off to a great start and close to the lead. She handed the baton to Jared Aguilar who put us into the lead before he was done. Emma Taylor took a flawless handoff from Jared and kept the lead through the second turn. The lead then started to narrow, and Emma heard a coach telling his athlete that Emma looked tired. That gave Emma the extra energy needed to speed ahead, keeping our lead for Elijah Edlund’s final lap. The two boys behind Elijah gave great effort to catch up to him heading into the final straightway. Then Elijah showed us what he had left. The three boys went stride for stride for the last 100 meters, but Elijah would not be passed. It would be a thrilling victory for the DASH team, and a great way to end another day of racing!

We did manage to squeeze in a few field events. Melanie Hilbelink jumped 8’10” to top our little girls. Alexa Dawson’s 11’8″ leap gave her 2nd place honors. Emma Taylor’s 10’9″ gave her 3rd. Alexander Taylor did a 10’6″ jump. Jared Aguilar had a personal best 11’11”, and Elijah Edlund went past 14 feet for the first time. Alex Hilbelink went an inch past his DASH record to win among the 7th graders with his 15’8″ leap. Luke Smrecek had a nice 19’4″ shot put throw to place 5th. We also had three athletes win their divisions. Annika Lipski won with her 23 foot throw. Bryant Farrell won by over a foot in the 6th grade division, and Elijah Edlund threw his shot 5 feet farther than anyone. The 30’10” effort from Elijah was impressive.

The weather was practically perfect and the team took advantage of it to post some great results. It was great to see once again so many different athletes winning events. This team is very good, and fortunately we will get to see plenty more from them later this month. It is going to be fun.

Thanks to our volunteers. We had Zipporah Caspers, Meg Mazza, Faith Caspers, Kayla Walters, and Jodi LeSac all stepping up and helping where needed. It makes our team look good to have so many people helping out. Thanks to Ed Beck for his help with the coaching. And thanks to the camera lady for getting a great set of photos. Don’t forget to check them out.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

It was a cold, blustery day for a track meet last Saturday, but that did not stop the DASH middle school track team from competing in the MQS Phoenix Invite at Nathan Hale high school. The meet turned out to be a little smaller than last year, but it would still feature some of our toughest competition of the year. With the threat of rain on the horizon everyone was anxious for the running to start.

First off, though, were the field events. For the girls, Alexa Dawson was our top long jumper. Her 12’04” jump placed her 2nd among the 7th graders. Emma Taylor had a nice 11’02” leap, and our young girls were led by Madelyn Zielinski who jumped 9’09”, followed by Julianna Caspers at 8’09”. Elijah Edlund landed a 13’10” jump to lead the boys. Salim Lubbad placed 3rd in the 5th grade division with his 12’2″. Ethan Blischke made it to 12’1″, Joshua LeSac to 11’8″, Sean Seraphine to 11’5″, Vincent Maurer to 11′, and Micah Chan to 10’8″. We have a lot of good jumpers this year. In the shot put, Alexa Dawson and Annika Lipski both got the shot past 21 feet to claim 4th and 5th place. Elijah Edlund impressed the DASH fans with his 31’10” throw to place 4th. Tikvah Schlissel showed off his strength and placed 3rd among the 7th graders with his 24’9″ throw. Our top girl softball thrower was Zanna Hughes, followed closely by Jenna Walters, Angela Walters, and Becca Werner. For the boys, Joshua Lipski and Luke Smrecek had strong throws of 67 and 72 feet, but Bryant Farrell stole the show with his DASH record breaking 127′ throw.

The calls for the 100 meter races were made, and once the coach made sure everyone went to the staging area with their sweats on, the athletes lined up for their preliminary heats. Our 5th and under girls all ran well. Gigi Edlund, Melanie Hilbelink, Zanna Hughes, Mary LeSac, and Becca Werner all finished in just over 18 seconds. Elena Lezala-Montoya came to the finish in just under 18. Madelyn Zielinski, Emily Zielinski, and Alexa Dawson all won their heats and made it to the finals. Simon Smrecek, just a 3rd grader, held up well against the bigger competition. Micah Chan had a good time of 16.98. Tikvah Schlissel ran fast in a fast heat to also make the finals. Salim Lubbad posted the fastest preliminary time by over half a second in the 5th grade division and would be the favorite to win. We fielded only two 4×400 teams this year. The team of Joshua Lipski, Salim Lubbad, Alexander Taylor, and Ethan Blischke posted a nice 5:21 time to win the first heat. Vincent Maurer, Jared Aguilar, Joshua LeSac, and Elijah Edlund raced the 1600 meters in 4:48 to place 4th in the last heat. In the all-school relay where 2 boys and 2 girls do a 4×100, our team of Madelyn Zielinski, Micah Chan, Alexa Dawson, and Sean Seraphine got the baton around in 1:05 to place 7th out of the 13 teams. Julianna Caspers ran a very even four laps in the 1600 to give us another victory – by 18 seconds. Julia Kowalinski lowered her time to 7:20 to earn the 4th place ribbon. Ethan Blischke moved up as the race went along, leaving all the other 6th graders behind him. His 6:13 time was impressive. Kaden Hacker had a nice 6:41 to place 3rd. Joshua Lipski lowered his personal best by 15 seconds and has never looked better. Vincent Maurer did not look his best, but still managed a 6:03 time to lead the boys. Joshua LeSac’s 6:39 placed him 4th among the 7th graders. We did our best to keep Madelyn Zielinski warm before the 100 meter finals. The wind was really blowing now and a light rain was starting. Madelyn could not match her great preliminary time. She settled for 5th overall, not bad for a 4th grader. Salim Lubbad got off to a great start and led the whole way to nab another DASH victory in the 5th grade boys race. Emily Zielinski was declared the winner in a photo finish in the 6th grade finals. I am not sure they called it correctly, but Emily’s time of 14.79 was fantastic. Alexa Dawson left no doubt who the fastest 7th grader was. Alexa stayed a step ahead and finished with a smile on her face. Well done. Tikvah Schlissel was seeded 7th and that is where he ended up with his 14.72 time. Our top sprinters were really at their best this time out. The rain started to fall heavier at the start of the 400 races. The team started thinning out and the racing was difficult. Rebekah Melder held up well to place 8th in the 7th grade heats. Emma Taylor broke 1:20 in the 8th grade race, and stayed just ahead of her brother Alexander who came in just over 1:20. Jared Aguilar raced around in 1:08, and Elijah Edlund raced in the last heat of the day and finished in 1:11. The meet was then called because of the miserable conditions, with our team having made the most of it.

It was great to see so many victories. Our very good team from last year never had this many. This team is not short on stars, and it should end up being one of our best. The forecast for Friday is 78 degrees. I hope to see you at Brookfield Academy where we get to see this team race again.

Thanks to all the DASH fans who held out well in the tough conditions. Thanks to our volunteer timers, Chuck Maurer, Jodi LeSac, and Faith Caspers. Thanks to Ed Beck for helping me keep things running smooth. Thanks to the camera lady who got some pretty good photos even while juggling an umbrella. The middle school schedule is getting into full swing now this month. Now to work on getting us even faster.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The DASH middle school track team got their season off to a great start at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf last Monday. Our main competition was one of our natural rivals, the Homeschool Eagles from the Beloit/Janesville area. The Eagles are stacked this year with plenty of very good 8th graders, and with the meet format throwing everyone together into one 8th and under division, we would have our work cut out for us, especially our very young girls team. The weather was an amazingly warm 80 degrees. It was a great day to race.

Field events were first on the agenda. Emma Taylor threw her discus over 46 feet to finish 3rd overall, and Annika Lipski topped out at 37-7 to finish 5th. Tikvah Schlissel, in just his first track meet, set a DASH discus record with a throw of 80’05”. Bryant Farrell and Joshua Lipski gave us a 2-3-4 finish in the discus with their great throws. Annika Lipski gave us the 2nd place points in the shot put, with a much improved Jenna Walters placing 7th. Bryant Farrell gave us another 3rd place result with his shot put effort. Jared Aguilar, Andrew Mazza, and Luke Smrecek gave us 4 in the top 7. The boys long jumpers were amazing. We had 7 of the top 9 jumpers, with 5 of our boys going past the 12 foot mark. Vincent Maurer, Sean Seraphine, and Ethan Blischke all jumped past 12-04. Elijah Edlund made it over the 13 foot mark, and Alex Hilbelink jumped over two feet farther than everyone with his 15-07 mark, smashing the DASH record in the process. Alexa Dawson’s 12-4 jump earned her 2nd place honors. Stephanie Chu topped out at 10-06, and Julianna Caspers led our young girls with a nice 8-09 leap. It was an impressive first meet for our field event stars.

Emma Taylor got the day’s running events started with her 3rd place finish in the hurdles. Alex Hilbelink found the hurdles to be a minor hindrance in his race to the finish line. It would be another easy victory for our new star. Ethan Blischke and Tikvah Schlissel gave us 3 of the top 4 hurdlers, with Daniel Caspers also hurdling well. In the 100 meter race, Alexa Dawson finished in 14.50 to place 2nd. Stephanie Chu had a fast 14.87 time for a very close 5th. Our 3rd graders showed off their speed, with Zaela Schlissel coming in a little ahead of Mary LeSac and Angela Walters. Alex Hilbelink won the 100 meter race by over a second to give him his 3rd victory of the day. Tikvah Schlissel gave us a 1-2 finish with his 14.70 time. Alexander Taylor, Micah Chan, and Andrew Mazza all finished in the 16’s. We had four 3rd grade and under girls do the hard work of running the 1600. Julianna Caspers raced the four laps in 6:49, to finish 4 seconds out of 2nd, behind only two 8th graders. Grace Caspers edged Julia Kowalinski by a second on the home stretch, and Hellena Hacker gave us 4 in the top 8. Our young girls get the coach excited! Vincent Maurer got out fast and stayed fast through his 4 laps. His nice 5:42 time was good for second. Kaden Hacker and Joshua LeSac stayed close the whole way, with Kaden finishing just ahead with his 6:33. In the 4×100, our young girls team of Elena Lezala-Montoya, Madelyn Zielinski, Savanna Bruton, and Emily Zielinski edged our even younger girls team of Angela Walters, Mary LeSac, Zaela Schlissel, and Jenna Walters. We got 2nd and 3rd place out of the 4 teams. Our boys 4×100 team of Alexander Taylor, Sean Seraphine, Joshua LeSac, and Elijah Edlund won by 5 seconds to give the boys another victory. Our second boys team of Luke Smrecek, Nathanael Chu, Micah Chan, and Bryant Farrell posted a nice 1:10 time. In the 400, Emma Taylor and Stephanie Chu have never run better. Their impressive 1:14 and 1:15 times put them 2nd and 3rd overall. Annika Lipski lowered her 400 time by 13 seconds from last year. Jared Aguilar never slowed as he raced around the track in just 1:03 to win the boys 400 by three seconds. Elijah Edlund posted a 1:09 to place fourth. Ethan Blischke and Nathanael Chu also impressed the coach with their 1:12 and 1:19 times. Alexa Dawson blew past everyone on the turn and went on to win the 200 by over a second. Emily Zielinski’s time of 32.22 was just fast enough to earn the 4th place points. Madelyn Zielinski looked much better than she has in practice and finished 8th. For the boys 200, Jared Aguilar was a winner once again with his 28.58 time. That’s 2 victories for Jared in the last 2 events for those of you keeping score. Tikvah Schlissel and Sean Seraphine gave us 3 of the top 4. It was a good showing from our sprinters. Rebecca Dickman was on hand to run the 800. She led from start to finish and had no problem breaking 3 minutes with her impressive 2:51 time. Julianna Caspers’ effort was good for 7th. Vincent Maurer, Ethan Blischke, and Kaden Hacker gave us a 1-2-3 finish in the boys 800. Vincent’s 2:39 solo effort was impressive. Ethan and Kaden were the only other boys to break 3 minutes. The Eagles boy stars were mysteriously inactive. The 4×200 was the last event of the day. We had a good girls team of Emma Taylor, Emily Zielinski, Stephanie Chu, and Alexa Dawson, but they missed a handoff. Our 2nd team of Elena Lezala-Montoya, Savanna Bruton, Madelyn Zielinski, and Zaela Schlissel  edged the last Eagles team for 3rd place. The boys 4×200 turned out to be a blockbuster. The Eagles had basically conceded the 200 and 800 to us, stacking their team for one last attempt to keep up with us. Our team of Jared Aguilar, Tikvah Schlissel, Elijah Edlund, and Alex Hilbelink, all running in their first DASH track meet, were left the task of keeping up with the well-rested, long-time Eagles stars. Jared Aguilar gave us a great start before handing off the baton to Tikvah. Tikvah kept us close, but we fell a few steps back. Elijah Edlund then went stride for stride with the Eagles runner on the third leg, but with us running in the outer lane we had some ground to make up. Alex Hilbelink took the handoff from Elijah and showed off his speed to even the race heading to the home stretch. I think Alex may have gotten a step ahead for a while, but then the Eagle anchor regrouped and kept Alex a half-step behind the rest of the way. The boys would have to settle for ending up ahead in the team points. We’ll take a team victory over a relay any day. Our much less watched second 4×200 boys relay team of Sean Seraphine, Andrew Mazza, Daniel Caspers, and Ethan Blischke bested the 2nd Eagles team to place 3rd overall to end a great day of DASH racing.

It was nice to finally see the middle school team in action. The team had a lot of its stars from last year either not return or move up to the high school team. We were able to add plenty of new stars, but with all the cold weather in practice, it was hard to tell how good the team was going to be. I think we got the answer we were hoping for. We definitely have an exciting middle school season in store for us once again. You will not want to miss it.

Thanks to Pete Dickman for his help getting the distance runners ready, and for the general coaching help he provides the team. Thanks to the parents for making the drive to Delavan and helping me get the athletes out to their events. It was easier than usual. Thanks to the Wisconsin School for the Deaf for hosting another great meet, and for being flexible on the meet date. Thanks to the camera lady for getting the photos. Veteran photographer Faith Caspers also helped with the photos near the end, but she proved to be a little rusty during the 800. We still have six high school meets, and six middle school meets left on the schedule. It is time to get ready for the busy weeks ahead. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

Our big middle school track and field team completed their season last Saturday at Quad Park in Milwaukee. The meet is hosted by St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Wauwatosa, and is timed by Marquette University High School. That combination gets this meet running smooth, and it gets us the results just minutes after the meet is completed. This meet also gives out great awards, but with 17 teams on hand this year to compete for them, we would have to be fast to get our fair share. The weather turned out to be warmer than usual, so the times were not as fast as they could have been. But overall, the team competed at a very high level, leaving us as one of the teams whose awards hardly fit in their container.

In field events, the team had another exceptional day. In the softball throw, Caleb Alles went over 100 feet to place fourth, with Tyler Howard throwing 90 feet, and Joshua Lipski coming in at 75. Elijah Anumolu threw 89 feet in the 6th grade competition. For the girls, Alexa Dawson’s 89’02’ throw was the 2nd best in DASH history. Annika Lipski threw the ball past 50 feet, and Julianna Caspers threw it the farthest among our little girls. In the discus, Caleb Alles was back impressing us with his 53 foot throw. The throw earned him the 2nd place medal, just missing first by half an inch. The 1st place thrower could have been called for a fault, but middle school meets almost never do that. Elijah Anumolu and Joshua Lipski also landed good throws over 40 feet. Emma Taylor has the discus release technique down and earned the 8th place ribbon with her 45 foot throw. In the shot put, Zachary Werner had a good throw of over 20 feet. Joshua Anumolu muscled a throw of 27 feet to place 8th. Katrina Lipski had a good throw of 16 feet for the girls. In the long jump, Noah Howard’s 11’10” jump was six inches farther than any other 5th grade boy. Jeffrey Breiling came in at exactly 10 feet. Joshua LeSac jumped 10’10” in the 6th grade division, and John Klaves got his big day started with a 14’3″ leap to place 3rd among the 8th graders. Madelyn Zielinksi was the best of our 5th grade girl long jumpers. Kayla Walters had a season best 12’6″ jump to place 5th, and Faith Caspers, jumping for the first time this year, placed 8th with an 11’09.50″ leap.

In our previous two large meets, the team had plenty of 2nd place finishes, but we never had anyone able to earn a 1st place award. That would be accomplished this time in the first race of the day, the 5th grade girls 1600. Julianna Caspers ran her first two laps in 2nd place, well back of 1st. In the third lap she kept her eye on the leader and started closing the gap. Then on the bell lap, (yes, they really have a bell at this meet), she showed off her finishing kick at the 200 mark, startling the leader as she went past, and pulling away from everyone to give the team a big victory, finishing in 6:42. Grace Caspers also ran well posting a 7:52. Faith Caspers had a 6th place finish in the 8th grade race, with Katrina Lipski working hard behind her to place 9th in 7:26. Noah Howard and Jeffrey Breiling give the team a pair of 1600 runners like we have never had before. Noah raced in in just 6:04 to place 4th, with Jeffrey posting an impressive 6:21 time to place 7th. In past years they may have gone 1-2 with those times. Joshua LeSac raced to the 6th place ribbon and Daniel Caspers finished 9th in the 6th grade race. Our sprinters came out next for the 100 meter races. Emily Zielinski placed 4th with her 15.90. Madelyn Zielinski, racing in the same heat, posted a nice 17.20 time. Abbey Novak won her heat and placed 8th overall. Kayla Walters had the fastest girls time of 15.42 to place 10th. Salim Lubbad lived up to his role as the teams’ star sprinter with his 8th place 15.80 run. Tyler Howard and Micah Chan also ran well. Timmy Ebert was our best 6th grader, and Luis Rosario finished his 7th grade race in 14.91 to place 9th. John Klaves warmed up with a 100 meter 14.12 to finish 8th overall. In the 4×400 relay, Abbey Novak got the 5th grade team into the lead after the first lap. 2nd graders Angela Walters, Grace Caspers, and Julianna Caspers kept us very competitive the next three laps and the team finished in 5th place. Abby Chu got the 8th grade team into 2nd place after one lap. Then Faith Caspers and Emma Taylor withstood numerous challenges and held our position. Kayla Walters ran the anchor lap and got passed for a short time, but then she showed off her speed at the end. The 2nd place medals were ours. Our 5th grade boys team of Salim Lubbad, Nathanael Chu, Alexander Taylor, and Noah Howard placed 6th, as did our 6th grade team of Timmy Ebert, Joshua LeSac, Caleb Alles, and Daniel Caspers. Our 8th grade team of John Klaves, Joshua Anumolu, Thomas Breiling, and Zachary Werner finished in 5:13 to place 2nd. In the 800, Julianna Caspers and Abbey Novak both ran to personal bests and placed 6th and 7th. Faith Caspers broke 3 minutes and placed 4th. Abby Chu clearly enjoyed her first 800 run and earned the 7th place ribbon. John Klaves and Joshua Anumolu finished just a second apart again in the 800. This time John crossed the line first in just 2:33 to place 2nd. In the 200 meter races, Emily Zielinski’s fast 34.06 time was good for 5th place. Madelyn Zielinski had an amazing 36.59 time to place 14th. Sierra Dawson stayed ahead of Mary LeSac, Jenna Walters, and Becca Werner to win a fun heat. Alexa Dawson placed 7th in the 6th grade division with her 33.47 time. Stephanie Chu won her heat with a 33.50 to place 9th. Kayla Walters finished 4th overall in a very close 8th grade race. It took a personal best 31.88 to hold everyone off. Salim Lubbad and Alexander Taylor raced in the same heat, and kept an eye on each other. Salim finished just ahead and earned the 6th place ribbon. Caleb Alles beat Nathanael Chu, Micah Chan, and Andre Coulter to the finish in an earlier heat. In the 400, Abbey Novak raced around in 1:24 to place 6th. Grace Caspers stayed ahead of Angela Walters in the same heat. Stephanie Chu won her heat of the 400 in 1:25. Rebekah Melder was right behind with a 1:30. Kayla Walters stayed a step ahead of Abby Chu in their 400 heat. Noah Howard placed 8th with a 1:17 time. Alexander Taylor came in ahead of Nathanael Chu and Tyler Howard in the previous heat. John Klaves and Joshua Anumolu were back to battle each other in the last 400 heat. John was again a second ahead with a 1:08 to place 3rd, with Joshua finishing 5th. The 4×100 relay had arrived. Grace Caspers, Angela Walters, Mary LeSac, and Sierra Dawson posted a great time of 1:19 to place 9th. Our good 6th grade team of Stephanie Chu, Emily Zielinski, Abbey Novak, and Alexa Dawson finished in just 1:03 to earn the 3rd place medals. We had two good 5th grade boys teams. Salim Lubbad, Alexander Taylor, Tyler Howard, and Noah Howard finished in 3rd, just .19 seconds out of 2nd. The team of Nathanael Chu, Joshua Lipski, Micah Chan, and Andre Coulter looked fast and finished 6th. I always make sure to get our 8th graders into a 4×100 at the end, giving us one last chance to cheer for them as middle schoolers. Abby Chu, Kayla Walters, Katrina Lipski, and Faith Caspers raced around the track one last lap in 1:04. 8th graders John Klaves and Joshua Anumolu were joined by Joshua LeSac and Daniel Caspers for their last race as middle schoolers. The high school team beckons.

This was our biggest middle school team we have every fielded, getting me to pay for two teams at three of the meets to fit everyone in. It will also go down as one of our youngest teams, and as one of our best. The team proved too big to ever get everyone together for a team picture which is unfortunate. We hardly had time to get a bite to eat without missing an event. Our 10th year as a team is now complete. Having a big team like this was just a dream when we started. I know we are recognized by others as having one of the good teams, which makes all the work worth it.

Thanks to all the parents who made it through another all day meet. Thanks to the athletes for letting me run them so hard. Thanks to the high school team who have been volunteered to help with the field events and timing at last three middle school meets, especially Zipporah Caspers, Samuel Zinkgraf, Stefanie Klaves, Nina Smrecek, Andrea Beck, Renee Walters, and Andrea Coulter. The photos turned out great. Make sure to thank my wife, the camera lady, and Zipporah Caspers for their efforts. Capturing the middle school team in photos is a lot of work. Thanks to all the DASH fans for cheering the team on, especially those that come wearing DASH yellow. The end-of-the-year party is tomorrow, and then we gear up for cross country. It is always fun. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

  • Cross Country 2016

    The 2016 DASH girls cross country team: Zipporah Caspers, Kayla Bruton, Jessy Homa, Abby Chu, Rebecca Dickman, Katrina Lipski, Kayla Walters, Ella Johnson, Faith Caspers, Alivia Kempf.

  • The 2016 DASH boys cross country team. Front: Cliff Yang, Tim Kowalinski, Joe Maurer, Brian Durbin, Caleb Schaber, Justin Chu. Back: Ben Hughes, Joshua Schaber, John Klaves, Joshua Anumolu, Zachary Werner, Zach Pape, Miles Talbert, Seth Holter, Vincent Maurer, Samuel Zinkgraf.

  • The 2016 DASH MS girls cross country team. Grace Caspers, Stephanie Chu, Savanna Bruton, Hellena Hacker, Mary LeSac, Heidi Talbert, Julia Kowalinski, Joy Rasch, Julianna Caspers, Jenna Walters, Alexa Bruton.

  • The 2016 DASH MS boys cross country team. Front: Josiah Chu, Seka Kostrzewa, Nathanael Chu, Micah Chan, Silas Johnson, Noah Caspers, Charlie Johnson. Back: Alexander Taylor, Joshua Lipski, Joshua LeSac, Kaden Hacker, Bryant Farrell, Leif Kostrzewa, Daniel Caspers.

  • Track 2016

    DASH HS 4x1600 Relay Winners. Boys: Drake Hacker, Justin Chu, Briton Kostrzewa, Jacob Dickman. Girls: Zipporah Caspers, Faith Caspers, Kayla Walters, Andrea Beck.

  • Rebecca Dickman, Emma Taylor, Katie Gorectke, Stephanie Chu.

  • Cross Country 2015

    2015 Bradley Tech Cross Country Champions: The 1st place DASH boys: Lucas Ebel, John Klaves, John LaBonte, Joshua Schaber, John Sherman, Joshua Anumolu, Ben Hughes, Tim Kowalinski, Joe Maurer, Drake Hacker, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joe Hughes, Jacob Dickman, John Kowalinski, Will Farrell. the 2nd place DASH girls: Margaret Serchen, Kayla Walters, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Beck, Faith Caspers, Renee Walters, Kayla Bruton, Jessy Homa.

  • The DASH girls middle school team. Front: Mary LeSac, Grace Caspers, Hellena Hacker, Julianna Caspers, Zaela Schlissel. Middle: Julia Kowalinski, Anabel Fisher, Savanna Bruton, Stephanie Chu, Angela Walters. Back: Naomi Zhou, Emma Taylor, Katie Gorectke, Makenna Fisher, Jenna Walters.

  • The DASH middle school boys team. Front: Vince Maurer, Jeffrey Breiling, Leif Kostrzewa, Caleb Schaber, Seka Kostrzewa, Alexander Taylor, Noah LaBonte. Middle: Ethan Lindberg, Micah Chan, Jose Rosario, Joshua LeSac, Adam Loustaunau, Salim Lubbad, Kaden Hacker, Nathanael Chu, Jacob LaBonte, Ben Breitbach. Back: Daniel Caspers, Joshua Lipski, Tikvah Schlissel, Bryant Farrell, Christian Loustaunau, Ed Sherman, Peter Chan, Matthew Kowalinski.

  • Track 2015

    2015 High School Track. Front: Andrea Coulter, Stefanie Klaves, Renee Walters, Jessy Homa, Bekka Homa, Nina Smrecek, Johannah Lee, Kayla Bruton, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Beck. Back: Jacob Dickman, Jeremy Marek, Justin Chu, Nicholas Funk, Noah Evans, Samuel Lee, Danny Wickman. Missing: Tommy Ebert, Joe Hughes, Samuel Zinkgraf.

  • Cross Country 2014

    Bradley Tech Champions - 2014

  • Cross Country 2013

    Midwest Homeschool Champions - 2013

  • Track 2013

    Front : Abigail Larkin, Sophia Zyzo, Grace Caspers, Julianna Caspers, Grace Zinkgraf, Elijah Anumolu, Daniel Caspers, Leif Kostrzewa, Wesley Evans, Mary LeSac, Andre Coulter, Abby Chu, Grace Dupar, Gulla Kemmann. Back: Danny Wickman, Lucretia Nyhart, Mia Wickman, Faith Caspers, Toria Schein, Zipporah Caspers, Andrea Guidone, Olivia Zyzo, Toria Schein, Christian LeSac, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joshua LeSac, Joshua Anumolu, Kayla Walters, John Klaves, Christopher Fossell, Joe Hughes, Glenn Kaboskey. Missing: Stephanie Chu. Simran Khunger, Foster Todd, Briton Kostrzewa, Alex Navin.

  • Cross Country 2012

    Wisconsin Lutheran College Warrior Invite 7th-8th grade champions: Briton Kostrzewa, Christian LeSac, Samuel Zinkgraf, Joe Hughes.

  • Track 2012

    Amelie Kemmann, Andrea Kempf, Andrea Beck, Sarah Klapak

  • Cross Country 2011

  • Cross Country 2009

    Andrea Beck, Lucreitia Nyhart, Faith Caspers, Zipporah Caspers. Coach Jim Caspers and Ed Beck in back.

  • Cross Country 2004

    Legendary race - Maitland Park This is where it all began.