Kelshawn Johnson overcame some unexpected adversity in a WIAA Division 1 track and field sectional on May 26, and Ella Schultz simply did what she has been doing all season long.
Both West Allis Central athletes will be completing their 2016 seasons at the state meet this weekend in La Crosse.
Johnson, a junior, collided with Mario Carr of Brookfield East in the 300-meter hurdles in the sectional meet but still came in third with 39.68 seconds to automatically qualify for the state meet. Carr went on to win the event in 39.6 seconds.
Johnson also took second in the 110 hurdles at 14.9 seconds to earn a state spot in that event as well.
Schultz won the shot put with 43 feet-10 inches at the sectional to earn her third trip to the state meet.
The Central senior, who has won just about every competition this spring, is rated fourth in the shot put heading into La Crosse.
Those two will represent the Bulldogs at the state meet on Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4, at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Other Central entrants competed at the sectional but fell short of qualifying for state.
For the boys squad, coming in fifth were Devan Garcia in the 400-meter dash (51.47 seconds) and Jeff LeFlore in the discus (150-10); snaring seventh were Anthony Yarn in the discus (117-6) and Darius Adkins in the shot put (40-7); and eighth place went to the 4x400-meter relay team of Garcia, Johnson, Kenneth Thigpen and Donovan Peavy (3:37.43).
Garcia, Johnson, Thigpen and Peavy did not score in the 4x800-meter relay.
For the girls team, Isabella Petite captured seventh in the 100 hurdles (18.2), and eighth places went to Madison Williams in both the 200 dash (28.12) and long jump (15-61/2).
The Central boys scored 27 points for 10th place in the sectional and the girls 14 points for 11th place.
The boys took fifth with 63 points in a regional meet on May 23 and the girls 41 points, also for fifth. Winners were Johnson in the boys 110 hurdles (14.84) and 300 hurdles (40.09); LeFlore in the boys discus (159-1); and Schultz in the girls shot put (43-3).