Hello DASH families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

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

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

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

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

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

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

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

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

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

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

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

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

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

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

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

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

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

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

We will not be able to meet at Hart Park on Saturday, March 18th, so the start of the middle school practices will be Tuesday, March 21st, 6:15 PM at Hart Park in Wauwatosa. This still gives us about a month of practicing time before the first middle school meet on April 19th.

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 team completed another season Friday, running at Greenfield Park in the Grade School Challenge. This is an end of season all-star meet that we have not competed in since 2012. This year we were back bringing 11 of our best runners. Our team was very young for this 8th grade and under format, and the competition included most of the best teams from the area, some traveling over 60 miles to compete. It would be a true challenge for our young all-stars, and a chance to see how we stack up against the toughest middle school competition found anywhere in the state this year.

The girls race was first. Our DASH girls found themselves in the middle of the action as they lined up in box 21 of the 40 boxes. Joy Rasch took a spill at the start. She got back up quickly with some help from Savanna, and the race was on. Stephanie Chu made it through the first loop in 35th place by Mr. Beck’s count, and that is exactly where she ended up at the finish. Stephanie’s mile pace was under 7 minutes, yet that still left 34 athletes in front of her. This was definitely all-star racing with Stephanie being one of the stars. Julianna Caspers got off the starting line late and found herself in heavy traffic the whole way. The field in all-star meets does not spread out like it does in normal meets. Julianna finished with a respectable time of 12:54 over the 1.75 mile course. Julia Kowalinski stayed close to Julianna again this time, staying just 16 seconds back. Those 16 seconds left her 14 runners behind Julianna for 81st place. The racing was very tight. Heidi Talbert was our 4th scorer, and put together a very impressive race. She hit the finish in 13:44. Joy Rasch, after her early spill, got up and competed well, yet finished in 142nd place. Savanna Bruton was not at her best this time, falling behind the other girls. Hopefully she will get a few more chances at this meet in the coming years. The girls finished in 14th place overall which is pretty good for such a young team.

The boys were next, and their race would be even more competitive. Our boys lack a true number 1, so the goal would be to have our top-4 all staying close, and pushing each other to some good times. Kaden Hacker was a late scratch, so our top-4 would all have to bring their best for us to score well. After the first loop the boys were all together as we hoped. Leif Kostrzewa was the first to come out of the woods with Joshua LeSac eventually chasing him down before the finish. Nathanael Chu and Alexander Taylor came out of the woods only a few seconds behind. Joshua finished in 11:41, and all the boys stayed within 7 seconds of each other. It was just what we had hoped they would do, and their times were very good, but that still left us in 18th place in the team standings out of the 25 teams that scored. We could not match the other teams’ number 1 runner this time, but we scored only one 8th grader. We have a chance to really move up in the standings in the years ahead. Daniel Caspers gave us a little insurance in taking Kaden’s roster spot. He made it through the course and got himself a t-shirt for his efforts. Overall, the boys ran very well and gained some valuable all-star experience.

Thanks to Mr. Beck for his help with the coaching. Thanks to Wisconsin Lutheran College for hosting another great meet, and setting up a very nice course. Thanks to the camera lady for getting the photos once again. The boys race was particularly challenging for her with the boys running so close together. We made it through another great DASH season. The days are getting shorter now, and it is time to put the DASH Blog to rest for awhile and get down to some serious studying. We ramp it up again the first week of March for track. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

On Wednesday, the DASH middle school cross country team was running up in Jackson again at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. This meet used to be small in the old days, but it has grown now to the point to where over 600 athletes would be crossing the finish line. Twenty of those athletes would be wearing DASH yellow. It would be the last meet of the season for half of our athletes, and they had a beautiful day to try to finish the season strong.

They changed the format this year into a varsity/JV format like we see at high school meets. The JV runners would be first and run the 2500 meter course. For the girls, Alexa Bruton started off conservatively, but she made her move in the loop around the track and was our first girl up the hill. She hit the finish in 14:06 and really impressed the DASH fans with her effort. Mary LeSac had a personal record this time on a course she has run many, many times. It was a good way to end the season for Mary. Hellena Hacker moved up to finish right behind Mary. Hellena always looks good at the end of a race. Jenna Walters improved her time from last week on the same course. Our JV girls ran well.

Our JV boys were next, and they were not as little. Daniel Caspers raced around the 2500 meter course in 11:54 for 32nd place. He looked to be just as fast in the fun run later. Joshua Lipski finished 46th this time out. Both times this year he has run very well on this course. Micah Chan cut off 41 seconds from his time last week. He stayed behind Noah until the final loop, and then surged ahead and broke 13 minutes. Noah Caspers keeps cutting off a minute from his time each race. He has turned out to be much better than advertised. Noah left 84 athletes behind him this time with his 64th place finish.

The varsity girls would be next. It would be the first time this season that Stephanie Chu would be running for more than just an individual medal. Stephanie still did add another medal to her collection with her 9th place finish as she raced around the 3200 meter course in 14:35, but this time she had five other girls backing her up looking to post a nice team score. Julianna Caspers enjoyed chasing after Stephanie, and gave us a second top-20 finish. Her 15:04 was good for 18th. Heidi Talbert slowed a little in the middle of the long course, but finished strong to catch Savanna Bruton just before the finish to be our 3rd scorer. Savanna had also been moving up near the end of the race, getting ahead of Heidi in the last loop, and really impressed everyone with her effort. Her 16:29 time was good for 52nd, two spots behind Heidi. Joy Rasch ran a very smart, steady race. The distance did not effect Joy, or the other girls, as much as I though it might. Joy gave us a 5th girl in the top-62. Grace Caspers had her best race of the season as she stayed close to our top-5, finishing in 72nd place. Our young girls team took 7th overall in the team scores. They are really peaking now at the end of the season.

We would be fielding a very strong boys varsity team. Our boys have been running very close this year, and it would be interesting to see their order of finish once again. Leif Kostrzewa went out really fast, but then fell in the woods through the first loop. He got up and ran with Nathanael Chu the rest of the way, but it was Nathanael who was first to the finish line. Nathanael just never slows down, and was able to work his way into a top-25 finish before he was done. Leif finished five seconds back of Nathanael with his fast 13:47 time, good for 29th place. Kaden Hacker ran another strong race and could be seen coming down the hill to the finish behind Nathanael and Leif. Kaden broke 14 minutes through the 3200 meter course and gave us a third runner in the top-34. Alexander Taylor was next, running hard to the finish in 14:25. A dirty Joshua LeSac was next with a disappointing 15:01. Joshua had taken a spill in the middle of the race, and had trouble the rest of the way. Seka Kostrzewa was needed to run with the big guys this time, and posted a nice 15:13 time. Only one 4th grade or under athlete came in ahead of Seka. When the team scores were tabulated, we ended up in 6th place, one point out of 5th. We will accept it and look ahead to next Friday’s Grade School Challenge.

It was great to see so many of our athletes finishing up their season on a high note. But ten of these athletes, plus Julia Kowalinski, have one more race left to prepare for. We are not done yet. One more week of training before the grand finale at Greenfield Park. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Ed Beck for his help with the coaching, and then going out and taking 2nd overall in the fun run. Let’s hope some of these kids can run as fast as Mr. Beck when they are his age. Thanks to the DASH fans for lining the course and cheering the team on. I saw lots of yellow out there. Thanks to the camera lady, along with Jenna Walters and myself during the fun run, for getting the photos. We made it through our big 7 meets in 14 days swing. The end is near for this great DASH season. It is almost time to rest. Almost.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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  • 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.