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Rebecca Eldien wins 3,200 run for New Berlin Eisenhower

Boys finish fifth, girls take 10th at Hamilton Invitational

April 28, 2014

The New Berlin Eisenhower boys finished fifth and the girls track and field team finished 10th at the Hamilton Invitational on April 23 at Sussex.

The day's standout for the girls was Rebecca Eldien, who finished first in the 3,200-meter run with a personal record 11 minutes, 51.67 seconds, one second shy of the school record, and fourth in the 1,600 (PR, 5:26.37).

"It was great to see Becca get in the mix a little bit with some of the elite milers in the state, and her 3,200 time was really impressive," coach Billy Simon said. "Especially since she ran the entire thing alone and 20 meters before everyone."

The 4x400-meter relay finished sixth (4:40.85) behind Caitlyn Marr, Hannah Kinzer, Emily Den Braven and Leah Biller.

Emalie Hahn finished sixth in the discus with PR toss of 88-feet, 5 inches and she had a PR in the shot of 29-3.

Marr in the hurdles (56.68), Biller in the 800 (2:48.74) and Kristin Sperka in the 800 (2:49.88) all had personal records.

"I'm very happy with the overall performance of our girls team," Simon said. "After a really tough spring break and beginning of the week they were most likely feeling it, but still came through with some solid personal bests."

Franklin won with 107 points while Arrowhead had 102. The Lions scored 20 points.

Boys had balance

The New Berlin Eisenhower boys used good balance and scored 48 points to finish behind Menomonee Falls (118), Brookfield East (110), Kettle Moraine (100) and Waukesha West (68).

Matt Kizaric in the 800-meters (2 minutes, 2.47 seconds) and Brian Schafer in the 3,200 with a personal record of 10:08.21 had the top individual finishes, each taking second.

The 4x400-meter relay took third (3:41.90) behind Brett Green, Kizaric, Sean Bruders and Quinn Thompson to give the Lions three top-three finishes.

"We could be looking at one heck of a 4x400 squad when it's all said and done," Simon said.

Nick Taylor finished fourth in the 100 dash (11.53) and Jason Guman placed in two events, taking fifth in the long jump (PR, 19-feet, 5 ½ inches) and sixth in the triple jump (37-6½). Steve Zaborowski finished sixth in the 3,200 (PR, 10:40.10).

"Kizaric, Taylor and Green are all looking really tough and Schafer had another strong race despite fighting through a leg injury," Simon said.

The 4x200 relay finished sixth (1:36.1) behind Taylor, Sean Broihier, Alex Vlaj and Guman, and the 4x100 relay took seventh (46.93) behind Taylor, Joey Scaffidi, Nick and Jake Rastas.

Many personal records

Broihier scored in two events, taking sixth in the long jump (19-1¼) and eighth in the 200 dash (PR, 23.82).

Noah Fetherston in the 3,200 (PR, 10:50.82) and Jake Rastas in the high jump (PR, 5-6) finished seventh and Vlaj finished ninth in the triple jump (36-8).

Other PRs went to Scaffidi in the 200 (23.85), Green in 300 hurdles (44.62) and Matt Cavanaugh in the 800 (2:11.97).

"Not a bad start for our guys," Simon said. "I think it was a good learning experience to see some of the sectional teams, but we definitely have some work to do before we get to where we want to be. ... It is going to be exciting to watch as this team grows and starts to figure stuff out."

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