Simon excited about New Berlin Eisenhower runners
Boys, girls should have outstanding seasons
The New Berlin Eisenhower boys and girls return talented letter winners who should help both teams succeed again this season.
The boys are coming off their best season since 2003, finishing conference runners-up in the Woodland Conference with four athletes earning all-conference honors. They placed fifth in the stacked WIAA Division 1 Muskego Sectional.
The girls are looking to make a huge jump, as the team has almost doubled in size and lost only one varsity athlete from 2013.
Senior captain Matt Kizaric, who was first-team all-conference (seventh), senior captain Nick Buban, who was third-team all-conference (19th), junior Matt Cavanaugh, who was a third-team all-conference (22nd), and junior Jack Lodermeier are the returnees.
Senior Brett Green and freshmen Danny Browne and Brett Braza are some promising newcomers.
"Kizaric is returning for his final year and looking to earn team MVP honors for the fourth consecutive season," coach Billy Simon said. "It will be no easy task however, as Buban, Lodermeier and Cavanaugh will all be gunning for that number one spot this season.
Senior captain Rebecca Eldien, a second-team all-conference choice (11th), senior captain Mia Sienko, senior Jenna Hashek, senior Nicole Olson, senior Leah Biller and junior Tina Snyder are back for the girls.
Their promising newcomers include freshman Amanda Leder; juniors Leah Ziolkowski and Kasie Erenyi; and senior Rachael May.
"This will be a fierce top four, and if a couple other guys can step it up, we will be able to hang with any team in the state," Simon said. "I am really excited to see who seizes the opportunity and grabs those last few varsity spots. We have a bunch of first-year kids that could come in and make a splash right away.
"Eisenhower 4K record-holder Rebecca Eldien is back for her final season and is pumped for the move up to the 5K for WIAA girls cross country. Becca is coming off a historic track season breaking two school records including the 1600-meter run, which she broke at the state meet.
"She will be shooting for the podium at the state meet this year as she continues to prove she is one of the elite runners in the state."
Simon said Hashek, Olson, Biller, Sienko and Snyder are all looking to make their mark on what could be a special season for the girls.
"Incoming freshman phenom Amanda Leder is ready to make the jump up to high school cross country after winning three individual meet titles last year as an eighth-grader.
"There is going to be some serious competition this season for girls varsity spots, and I think it will light a fire in some of these kids and really bring us to another level."
Simon is excited about the potential of both his teams.
"Boys and girls together, this could be the best Eisenhower team in a very long time, and definitely the biggest. We have some high expectations, and I can't wait to see how the kids respond."
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