New Berlin Eisenhower junior Danny Browne took fourth place at the Mukwonago sectional on Oct. 22 to secure a trip to state as an individual qualifier.
The Lions took ninth place as a team, but Browne completed the 5,000-meter course at Mukwonago High School in 16:18.68 to move on to the WIAA Division 1 state meet, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.
"What a great race for Danny Browne," Eisenhower cross-country coach Billy Simon said. "He has proven that he can run with the elite guys, and Saturday he showed that he can do that and run smart in the process. He executed perfectly and continued his streak of fantastic meets.
"He has come such a long way, and I think we have only seen the tip of the iceberg with what he is capable of. I can't wait for him to make a run at the big dogs again at the state meet."
Also in the scoring lineup for the Eisenhower boys team were junior Rob Snyder (40th in 17:37.24), freshman Patrick Buban (65th in 18:50.89), senior Salvatore Mingari (73rd in 19:32.01) and sophomore Zach Peterson (74th in 19:32.01).
"The rest of the boys team got after it as well," Simon said. "They have improved so much from where they started this year, and I think they ended the season in the right way."
Eisenhower's girls team came in 11th. Pacing the Lions was sophomore Haley Tesch, who took 33rd in 20:38.29.
Rounding out the scoring lineup were junior Amanda Leder (47th in 21:14.53), freshman Abigail Schimmels (51st in 21:27.62), senior Emily Den Braven (70th in 22:54.50) and junior Kate Watson (73rd in 23:22.06).
"This was a tough race for the girls, but I am proud of the effort and the improvements that I saw from them this season," Simon said. "I believe from top to bottom that was the most competitive sectional in the state. We knew we had to be aggressive. The girls got out and made a run at it and couldn't quite hang on.
"This could be a special group going forward if they can continue to put in the work. We only lose one senior and are gaining some great young talent from middle school. I have said it all year, it may not reflect in the scores this year, but it will very soon."