Making it two for two on the young season, the West Allis Hale boys track and field team won the Doug Johnson Invitational on March 24 at West Allis Central.
The Huskies tallied 146½ points to top Brookfield Central with 131½ points. West Allis Central came in third with 80½ points, helped by a pair of first places from senior Kelshawn Johnson in the hurdles.
"We regrouped from last week's sixth place at the Reinhard Relays to climb to third place," coach Mark Klobukowski said. "As we work together as a team, our boys are showing some signs of growth and understanding. Certain individuals are starting to step up with much-improved performances and that is carrying on in practice."
Hale added the Johnson trophy to its season-opening triumph in the Reinhard, also at Central.
"We are really excited for this season," coach John Dewitt said. "Our senior leadership has been outstanding thus far; they are a dedicated group which makes everyone around them better."
The Huskies return a pair of WIAA Division 1 state qualifiers, with junior Thomas Hines in the long jump and senior Sammy Miller in the high jump. Hines was also a part of a 400-meter relay team which qualified in 2015, and senior Tylor Sernec ran on a 1,600 unit that qualified in 2015.
"Hines, Miller and Sernec all look strong early on and I'm excited to see how each of their seasons unfold," Dewitt said.
They all helped Hale win the Johnson Invitational last week. Miller won the high jump with 6 feet, 2 inches, and he and Sernec both competed on a first-place 1,600 relay that also featured junior Jon Rau and junior Sam Kaster and finished in 3 minutes, 56.44 seconds.
Hines took second place in the 55-meter dash with 6.91 seconds.
Also winning for the Huskies were sophomore Brad Glisczinski in the 800 meters with 2:16.73, junior Marshall Rushton in the 3,200 meters at 11:12.64 and the 4 x 160 relay squad of freshman Josh Bobo, sophomore Bryon Weems, sophomore Kalik Gallimore and senior Ethan Trampe-Konicke with 1:19.43.
Central captured four first places: Johnson in the 55 intermediate hurdles with 7.66 and the 55 high hurdles at 7.8; senior Jeff LeFlore in the shot put with 45-11½; and senior Xavier Mullins in the long jump with 19-10¾.
Taking second for Hale were junior Jack Wanner in the 3,200 meters (11:27.04) and Miller in the 55 hurdles (8.44). For Central, senior Darius Adkins was second in the shot put (45-7).
Coming in third for the Huskies were sophomore Tarique Rogers in the 55 intermediate hurdles (8.84), sophomore Gavin Kosek in the 55 high hurdles (9.5) and the 4x240 relay unit of Rau, Trampe-Konicke, Sernec and Weems (2:08.1). Central's Johnson was third in the triple jump (38-7¼).
Finishing fourth for Hale were sophomore Zack Paddock in the 400 meters (1:00.47) and the long jump (18-6¼); sophomore Brent McLure in the 1,600 meters (5:08.5); junior Jevon Taylor in the triple jump (38-3¾); and the 3,200 team of sophomore Kiontis Gallion, sophomore Riley Hoag, Kaster and Wanner (9:53.58).
Claiming fourths for Central were sophomore Hunter Turcin in the 3,200 meters (12:52.24) and the 4x160 group of Mullins, LeFlore, Julien Rivera and Amari Smith (1:22.92).
Fifth places went to Hale junior Angelo Estrada in the 55 dash (7.18), Hale junior Cam Christenson in the 1,600 meters (5:23.64), Hale's Rogers in the triple jump (38-0), Central sophomore Antonio Cunning in the 55 intermediate hurdles (10.27) and Central's Alex White, Manuel Reyes, Diquan Reese and David Baier in the 3,200 relay (10:23.17).
Capturing sixth were Hale's Gallimore in the 200 meters (25.78), Hale junior Cale Neff in the shot put (39-9) and Central's Baier in the 1,600 meters (5:24.63).