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Kelshawn Johnson of West Allis Central and Sammy Miller of West Allis Hale are both off to strong starts in the track and field season.

Their success continued at the Greater Metro Conference Indoor Meet on March 28 at the Central field house.

Johnson claimed both the 55-meter high hurdles with 7.73 seconds and the 55 intermediate hurdles with 7.62 to lead the way for the Bulldogs.

"Kelshawn ran those two races with confidence and determination," Central head coach Mark Klobukowski said.

For Hale, Miller claimed the high jump with a leap of 6 feet even.

"I want to give a special shout-out to Sammy for capturing a conference title," Hale head coach John Dewitt said. "It was really cool to see him bring that home as a senior."

Those were the only first places for the West Allis teams, but Hale's 1,600-meter relay team of Tylor Sernec, Jon Rau, Miller and Zack Paddock took second with 3 minutes, 50.06 seconds.

Hines stars

The Huskies also collected four third places, with Thomas Hines figuring in a couple of them. Hines captured third in the long jump (19 feet-11 inches) and ran with Josh Bobo, Kalik Gallimore and Angelo Estrada for third in the 4x160 relay (1:20.08).

Miller was third in the 55 high hurdles (8.2) and Tarique Rogers third in the triple jump (39-10½).

For Central, Jeff LeFlore came in third in the shot put (48-1¼).

"Jeff is really pushing himself to get better in the shot put," Klobukowski said.

Claiming fourths for Hale were Hines in the 55 dash (6.86), Miller in the 55 intermediate hurdles (8.1) and the 3,200 relay of Sam Kaster, Cam Christenson, Jimmy Pomeroy and Jerid Cotto (9:05).

Taking fifth were Sernec in the 400 meters (57.04) and Paddock in the triple jump (38-3) for the Huskies.

Central's 4x160 group of LeFlore, Julien Rivera, Johnson and Amari Smith took fifth (1:21.03) as well.

Finishing sixth for Hale were Hines in the 200 meters (25.17) and the Huskies' 4x240 unit of Anthony Perkins, Lucas Kovnesky, Bryon Weems and Matt Saavedra (2:11.36).

Earning seventh for Central were Smith in the long jump (18-4) and the 1,600 group of Chase L'Amie, Atilla Veyssal, Jake Schultz and Diquan Reese (4:18.21). Pomeroy was seventh in the 800 meters for Hale (2:13.98).

Capturing eighth for the Bulldogs were Darius Adkins in the shot put (45-6), the 4x240 team of Dylan Keller, Antonio Cunning, Rivera and Smith (2:12.31) and the 3,200 group of Alex White, Steve Kletzien, Reese and David Baier (9:37.35).

Rogers finished eighth in the high jump (5-6) for the Huskies.

Huskies fifth

The Huskies scored 74 points for fifth place as a team and the Bulldogs 37 for eighth place.

"Our guys really competed hard, and we couldn't ask for a better effort out of them," Dewitt said. "We had people step up when the team needed it and they fought all the way to the end. We were glad to be in the third-place hunt (14 points from third)."

Klobukowski said. "Our youth and inexperience was exposed. Even though every athlete gave their best, we still have some work and goals to accomplish. Every meet, we are growing and gaining valuable experience."

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