Hello DASH families,

It was another unseasonably cool day for our DASH high school cross country team last Thursday at the Whitnall Invitational. The cooler conditions, along with a potentially fast Hales Corners Park course, looked like an ideal setting to get some lower, mid-season type times. We would also be looking to do well in the team standings. We had plenty of DASH fans on hand to catch the action as the team lined up in box 14 to compete against 16 other teams.

The JV races went first. Jessy Homa was back after missing some time with an ankle sprain. Jessy paced herself through the course in a season best 27:17. She looks to be ready to go much lower. Katrina Lipski’s good season continues as she raced in with another sub-30 minute time. Naomi Zhou made it to the start just in time again, I think. I didn’t see her start, but I know she finished with a personal best 35:00. Joshua Schaber posted a much lower 21:33 and is making a push for the varsity team now as we expected.

The varsity girls were next. There were six other good teams in the race. It would take our best effort of the season to beat any of them. Abby Chu got out fast and stayed near the leaders throughout, clocking in at an amazing 21:56 and placing 12th overall. I think that was her best racing ever and Abby has had a lot of good races. Kayla Bruton cut off a minute from her time last race with her 22:26. She is having quite a senior season. It was a short wait for Stephanie Chu as she finished just 12 seconds behind Kayla in 23rd place. Stephanie always looks focused and in control. Out top-3 girls had positioned us very well for a great team score. Alivia Kempf broke 24 minutes for the first time. Alivia’s has improved each race, but her best times are still ahead of her. Faith Caspers got off to a great start before coasting in with a 24:25. That is a 100+ second improvement from last race, leaving her with just 90 seconds of improvement to go. That’s what the coaching staff is thinking. Emma Taylor has never run anywhere near this level before. Her 25:03 is a huge personal record, but I know the talented sophomore has not peaked yet. Ella Johnson stayed close to Emma the whole way once again. Ella is running about as well as last year now. I am excited to see what comes next. The girl’s effort put us in 5th place overall in the team scores. I liked that.

The varsity boys took the field next and they looked ready for a breakout race. Brian Durbin went out aggressively with the goal of staying in top-10 medal contention. Brian never faltered while keeping up his sub-6 minute mile pace. His massive 18:08 personal record put him in 12th place overall, less than a second out of 10th. Well done. Caleb Schaber took off after Brian and looked comfortable with the sub-6 minute pace. Caleb gave us a second top-15 finish with his 18:20. Caleb is so talented he made running that fast look easy. Drake Hacker gave is a 3rd athlete in the top-20 with his 18:44. Having our top-3 all finish in under 19 minutes is what we have been waiting for from the boys. Vincent Maurer raced to a personal best 19:33. That is a good launching pad for the next five races. Tim Kowalinski went out fast and finished right behind Vince with a 19:34. That is Tim’s best time of the year so far. John Klaves is close to breaking 20 minutes now in just his second race. He is getting into mid-season form quickly. Ben Hughes tailed off at the end with a side-ache, and Seth Holter sprained his ankle warming up and only made it to about the mile mark. They should be back running better soon. The boys finished 4th overall and were very close to 3rd. I was impressed.

The team took a big step forward. The athletes are looking better each time out, and it looks like we will have enough depth to make up for issues that come up such as Seth’s ankle sprain today. Of course the goal is to stay healthy and peak at the big meets in the second half of the season.  I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Ed Beck, Chuck Maurer, and Dawn Kempf for their help with the coaching. Thanks again to Ed Beck for help in collecting the timing chips after the races. Thanks to our young camera crew, Julianna and Grace Caspers, for getting a descent batch of photos. Thanks to the staff at Whitnall for letting us compete at their meet. We will be back. Thanks to all the DASH fans who helped keep the athletes pushing forward. Now we get nine days to practice and prepare for the next meet.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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Hello DASH families,

The DASH high school cross country team was at Minooka Park last Saturday, competing in the Blackshirt Challenge hosted by Waukesha South high school. The weather was again unseasonably cool as the athletes looked to improve on their times from their first meet. Eighteen teams were on hand, including several that we will be seeing many more times in the weeks ahead. It would be a great early season test on a tough course.

Kayla Bruton was again the pacesetter for the girls. The talented senior has never started out this well. Abby Chu finished just six seconds behind Kayla with her 23:32. Abby is getting very close to her form from last year now. Stephanie Chu cut off almost a minute from her time last race giving us a third girl in the 23’s. Alivia Kempf ran well again and was our 4th runner in. She has been a welcome addition to the varsity. Katie Gorectke got out fast, faded a little in the middle, and then looked strong at the finish as she continues to learn the proper pacing. Her time of 24:35 was just 1:09 behind Kayla. We have never had such a tight top-5. Faith Caspers cut off over a minute from her first race. We will need her to stay close to our top-5. Emma Taylor has a new personal best of 27:12 which kept her just ahead of Ella Johnson who was racing for the first time this season. Look for them to continue pushing each other and getting their times down even more. Katrina Lipski cut off almost two minutes from her time. She stayed competitive right to the end this time. Very nice. Naomi Zhou made it to the starting line just in time and finished in 38:14.

Brian Durbin was ready to run this time out. He has never run faster and was our first runner in, breaking 19 minutes for the first time with an 18:45. Caleb Schaber paced through the course in a personal record 19:00. He can go faster. Drake Hacker cut 22 seconds off his time. He is making progress as he works himself into running shape. Tim Kowalinski looked strong throughout and has his time down to 20:19. Vincent Maurer moved up the last mile as usual to finish just seven seconds behind Tim. The spread among our top-5 was just 1:41, and our 6 and 7 runners were within 25 seconds of them. Seth Holter set a personal record 20:43. I don’t think that p.r. will last long. John Klaves made his season debut. He ran a 20:51 and had a lot left on the last hill. He will be pushing the runners ahead of him which is what we need. Ben Hughes cut off 1:28 off his time with his 21:21. That’s progress. Joshua Schaber is back to health and had a descent 22:58 season debut.

The team is making great progress as the above paragraphs show. Almost everyone lowered their times on a tough course. But the times we are posting now won’t look so good a few weeks down the road. Continued improvement from meet to meet will be the key to making this a great season. We have six weeks of workouts ahead of us. I am looking forward to it.

Thanks to Chuck Maurer, Stave Chu, and Greg and Dawn Kempf for their help with the coaching. It was also nice to have Justin Chu available to help out. I put it upon myself to run around and get the photos. It was my first time using this camera, and they are not top notch, but at least we got a few. The athletes will be back racing again on a new course this Thursday. I hope to see you there.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

The 2017 DASH high school cross country season got underway Thursday at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, and the weather was perfect for this early August meet. This year’s team looks pretty good on paper. Now we would get to see how close the athletes are to meeting this season’s high expectations.

The varsity boys got the day’s racing started. Caleb Schaber and Drake Hacker were our early pacesetters followed closely by Brian Durbin and Tim Kowalinski, with Vince Maurer, Seth Holter, and Ben Hughes a little farther back. Coming back from the loop down by the track, Caleb Schaber had raced ahead of his teammates and finished with a personal best 19:23. Drake Hacker also broke 20 minutes with his 19:55. Brian Durbin had been running third for us, but started cramping and pulled up at the hill by the track. His day was done. Tim Kowalinski stayed steady through the last half of the race to finish in 20:49. Vince Maurer moved up in the last half and posted a 21:06. Seth Holter and Ben Hughes were both running with the varsity for the first time. They were our 5th and 6th scorers with times in the 22’s. It was a solid, conservative effort from the boys.

The varsity girls got out very fast before settling into a more steady pace. Kayla Bruton pushed herself early, and again at the end to be our first girl to the finish. Her 23:43 was good for the 17th place medal. Abby Chu is starting to find her form from last season now. Abby stayed close to Kayla the whole way and finished 22nd. Stephanie Chu had a very encouraging first high school race. She conquered the 5k distance with a 24:41 on the tough course. Alivia Kempf gave us four girls under 25 minutes. She is really going to help us this year. Faith Caspers stayed close to Alivia through the first mile, but then fell back. Hopefully some new shoes will help. Emma Taylor paced through with a personal record 27:23, a time which should be lowered considerably before the season is over. Senior Jessy Homa ran the second half of the race with a sprained ankle, yet still was able to make it in with a 27:39. The girls are going to be pretty good this year especially if we do a little better in the 5th spot.

Our JV runners had to wait until the last race of the day. Theodore Flunker did very well in his first cross country race. He paced himself to an easy 24:21. With a little more experience his times will be going down. Katie Gorectke has figured out how to race cross country in just the last few days. She is one of our most talented runners and it showed as she powered her way to a 7th place finish with a 25:08. The varsity team awaits her. Katrina Lipski looked very good through two miles. She is close to posting some nice times for us. Naomi Zhou is starting out this season several minutes better than last year as she continues to improve.

The team ran well enough to keep our hopes high for the big races ahead. The girls may be a little ahead of the boys at this stage for once, although a good Brian Durbin effort should close that gap. The team has a meet a week for each of the next seven weeks. It is going to be exciting. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to coaches Ed Beck and Chuck Maurer for being on hand to help keep things organized. Thanks to Julianna Caspers, Grace Caspers, and Savanna Bruton for taking the photos. Thanks to everyone for making the trek up to Jackson to cheer the team on. We get to do it again next week at Minooka Park. But now we need to get back to practicing.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

Cross country season is just a few weeks away. We will practice on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, 6:15 PM, at Greenfield Park in West Allis. We meet at the shelter off of the Lincoln Ave entrance to the park. Our first high school practice will be on Tuesday, August 1st. The middle school athletes will join them a week later on Tuesday, August 8th.  You can check out the DASH Team Calendar for the practices and meets we have scheduled so far.

I will be keeping the team fees low again this season. $30 for high school athletes, $20 for middle school athletes. Middle school athletes will also have to purchase a team t-shirt for $10 if they do not already have one. You wear them at the meets and they are yours to keep. You can also use the t-shirt during track season.

We should have a very competitive team again this year, so tell your friends to join the team and share in on the fun.  Get some running in when you can to stay in shape, and I hope to see you all in August.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

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

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

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

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

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

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

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

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

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

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

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

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

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

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

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

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

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

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

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

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

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

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

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

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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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.