Nicolet junior cross-country runner Maxwell Selbach was happy to see talented freshman Nicholas Holmes come into the program this fall.
It gave him a good training partner, someone to feed off of on races and someone to go with to the WIAA state meet.
Holmes was fourth and Selbach sixth in the WIAA D1 sectional boys race at Lincoln Park Golf Course on Saturday, Oct. 22, and earned berths in the state test set for 1:10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.
"I got used to him pretty quick," laughed Selbach. "It's a really good thing that we have each other. I make him better, and he makes me better."
The day of the sectional really became special a bit later when senior Nora McGuire took 11th, seizing the fifth and final individual state spot in the girls race in the process. Her state race will be at 3:05 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.
Coach Adam Piaskowy could not have been more pleased.
"Things went well at sectionals," he said. "Our goal was to qualify three athletes, and all three qualified. We could not have asked for a better day. Max, Nick and Nora all raced well. I'm excited to see what they are able to do on Saturday (at state)."
The boys' qualifying efforts helped the Knights turn in a 162-point total in the 11-team sectional, good for seventh. Homestead (65) and Germantown (77) earned the state team berths.
Holmes was impressive, turning in a time of 16:35 on the rolling, two-loop 5,000-meter course, good for fourth, while Selbach was close behind in sixth (16:38). Homestead's Drew Bosley won the race in 15:47.
As noted, Selbach was happy with the finish.
"This was really pretty good," he said. "It's good for the program that we get more than one person to state. I think we have a shot to do well there, too."
Other scoring runners for the Knights included senior August Eurich in 42nd (17:35), sophomore Robert Claus-Diedrich in 54th (18:05) and senior Zachary Asmann in 56th (18:10). Other runners included senior Kyle Asmann in 58th (18:20) and sophomore Zachary Dickman in 59th (18:28).
McGuire took 11th for the Knights in her race in a clocking of 20:11. She earned her spot at state by just three seconds.
Her effort led Nicolet to a 187-point effort, good for eighth in the 10-full team sectional. Whitefish Bay won the meet.
Also running were freshman Rianne Dobson in 31st (21:00), senior Isabella Mahlik in 39th (21;12), sophomore Anja du Plessis in 51st (21:42), junior Ciara Jones in 55th (22;12) and juniors Emma Laskowski in 61st (23:27) and Cassidy Eiers in 67th (24;28).