With the boys team finishing as the runner-up and the girls team placing third at the Woodland Conference Indoor Championships on April 7 at UW-Parkside, New Berlin Eisenhower track and field coach Billy Simon can't remember a better all-around performance at a conference meet for his program.
The Lions boys team won five event titles to earn 98 points to come in second behind champion Wauwatosa West at 113.5 points but easily finished in front of third-place South Milwaukee at 79.5 points.
Eisenhower's girls team scored 81.5 points to finish below Wauwatosa West at 119 points and South Milwaukee at 94 points.
"We have grown so much as a program and to see this kind of consistency and improvement across the entire team is exciting," Simon said. "We scored points in all but two events, one of which we didn't have any athletes entered. That is something we have struggled with in the past, and to see athletes having success in these historically tough events for us was extra special."
Joe Scaffidi, Bryce Miller, Sean Moore and Joe Lang all won an individual conference indoor titles and each earned a top-five finish in another event for the boys.
Scaffidi won the 55-meter dash in 6.72 seconds and also was third in the 200 in 23.87 seconds. Bryce Miller claimed the 800 title in 2 minutes, 4.32 seconds and came in fourth in the long jump at 19 feet, 10.75 inches. Sean Moore was victorious in the 55 hurdles in 8.04 seconds and took third in the triple jump at 39-10 1/2 and Lang won the triple jump at 40-04 3/4 and was fifth in the high jump clearing 5-06.
Stephen Halusan finished as the runner-up in the 400 in 59.93 seconds.
The Lions won the 4x800 relay in 8:41.12, took third in the 4x400 in 3:38.53 and were fourth in the 4x200 in 1:37.04.
"We asked for a lot out of Joey Scaffidi, Sean Moore, and Bryce Miller, and they did not disappoint," Simon said. "They each grabbed conference gold in one individual event, and also placed high in their other events and relays. Joe Lang and Stephen Halusan also came up big for us and are ready for a breakout year.
"The boys had some real heavy hitters graduate in 2016, so to see them bounce back and still be within striking distance of a conference title is encouraging. We have a great crop of young and talented athletes that still have a long way to go, but I can't wait to see what the boys are capable of when we get in shape."
Eisenhower's girls team received individual event championships from Gabby Green in the 400 in 1:04.90 and Amanda Leder in the 800 in 2:31.76.
Kate Watson took second in the pole vault clearing 10 feet and was third in the 55 hurdles in 9.75 seconds. Keeona Rash came in third in the 55 dash in 7.58 seconds and was fifth in the long jump at 15-10, Haley Tesch took fourth in the 3,200 in 13:20.94 and Abby Szukalski was fifth in the shot put with a top throw of 31-06.
"This was the best day on the track that (Leder) has had so far in her career and I think it was just the beginning of what will be a big year for her," Simon said. "Gabby Green, Kate Watson and Keeona Rash also made a statement with their performances. They took a huge step from last season and are in store for some big time success.
"Freshmen Rachel Schaefer and Abigail Schimmels had an excellent first conference meet and I am really excited to watch them grow. I cannot stress enough how proud I am of this girls team with how far they have come in this short amount of time. They have been kicked around the conference for several years now and to see them going head to head with the top teams is awesome."
The Eisenhower girls also claimed the title in the 4x800 relay with a time of 10:38.86. The Lions were the runners-up in the 4x200 in 1:53.47 and the 4x400 in 4:32.36.