New Berlin Eisenhower boys second, West girls third
Teams have good meets at Woodland Conference Championship
New Berlin Eisenhower and New Berlin West's boys and girls cross country teams took part in the Woodland Conference Championships hosted by Cudahy on Friday at Sheridan Park.
The Lions finished second and the Vikings ninth on the boys side, while the West girls were third and the Eisenhower girls finished seventh.
Shorewood scored 40 points and ran away with the title, while the Lions finished a distant second with 88 points.
Eisenhower had two top-10 finishes, as junior Matthew Kizaric was seventh in 17 minutes, 2.28 seconds and senior Brian Schaefer was right behind and finished eighth (17:03.95), both making first-team all-conference.
"This was a great meet for Eisenhower cross country," coach Billy Simon said. "For the boys we knew we needed four in the top 25 and a strong fifth guy and we nailed it."
Junior Nick Buban (18th, 17:20.68, third-team all-conference) and sophomore Matthew Cavanaugh (21st, personal record, 17:26.88, third-team) also had impressive showings and senior Stephen Arcuri (34th, season-best 18:01.65) rounded out the top five.
"Stephen Arcuri had his best race of the season so far and shortened the gap between our fourth and fifth runner," Simon said. "One of our goals going into this season was a top two finish at conference and it was awesome seeing the boys come together and take care of business."
Ike's other finishers were senior Sean Simpson (38th, 18:36.29) and sophomore Andrew Schrom (58th, PR,19:01.18).
The Eisenhower boys will take part in the Muskego Sectional on Saturday at Lake Denoon Middle School.
Shorewood ran away with the girls side also, scoring 29 points to Pewaukee's 77. New Berlin West had 91 points to take third.
Junior Maddie Egan finished sixth (15:37.83, first-team all-conference) and sophomore Sarah Meleski took ninth (16:01.53, second-team) to finish in the top 10.
Seniors Rachel Butler (20th, PR, 16:32.08, honorable mention) and Erin Simpson (23rd, PR,16:37.69, honorable mention) and freshman Christa Modrow (33rd, 17:02.88) rounded out the top five.
"This was Erin's first time breaking 17 minutes and she did it by 23 seconds," coach Jim Braun pointed out.
Two other freshmen also finished, Katey Devine (35th, 17:07.70) and Allie Maniscalco (44th, 17:47.32).
The West girls will take part in the Shorewood Sectional at Kern Park on Friday.
The Lions finished seventh and they were led by junior Rebecca Eldien, who finished 11th (16:15.58, second-team), and senior Hannah Kinzer, who was 18th (season-best, 16:25.47, third-team).
The rest of the Lions were grouped from 51 to 58.
Juniors Jenna Hashek (51st, PR,18:21.19), Nicole Olson (55th, PR, 18:36.97) and Leah Biller (56th, PR,18:41.71) rounded out the top five lineup.
Sophomore Tina Snyder (57th, PR, 18:44.79) and freshman Gina Viola (58th, PR, 18:56.44) and junior Mia Sienko (62nd, season-best 19:07.92) also participated.
"The girls took a big step together as a team on Friday," Simon said. "We hit our goal of having two all-conference runners and our second through eighth runners all ran season bests, five of which were PRs. I am so proud of the way they pushed each other and laid everything on the line for the team."
The Eisenhower girls will take part in the Muskego Sectional on Saturday at Lake Denoon Middle School.
The Vikings scored 212 points and finished ninth, as seniors took up the four of the top five West runners.
Seniors Ross Wick (33rd, PR, 18:00.96), Dominic Ropella (38th, 18:08.86), Nate Gale (43rd,18:18.64) and James Windorff (45th, 18:20.70) took the first four slots and junior Andrew Munger (53rd, 18:44.32).
The West boys will now take part in the Shorewood Sectional at Kern Park on Friday.
"As we head into Sectionals the team is focused on running their own race and just hitting their goals," Braun said.
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