Incline track mighty at Grass Valley invitational |

Incline track mighty at Grass Valley invitational

Incline's Millie Jenkins competes in the 100-meter hurdles.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Millie Jenkins and Mattison Lampe each earned individual first place awards last week to lead the Incline Highlanders girls’ track and field team to a top five finish at a meet in Grass Valley that was dominated by larger schools.

Incline may be light in total numbers, but there is no shortage of talent.

The Highlanders finished in fifth place Friday, April 26, in the Kay Ostrom Invitational at Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley, California while the boys were a modest 12th out of 20 scoring schools, but were the top small school.

Overall, 26 schools competed in warm weather early in the day and finished under the lights with comfortable temps in the 60s.

Jenkins as a freshman won the Nevada state championship last year in high jump and is poised to repeat this year, if she can hold off her teammate Sami Giangreco.

She holds the top height this year in 2A at 5 feet, 2 inches, which is the school record, and a height she has hit four times this season, including in Grass Valley where she took first place just ahead of Giangreco (5-00), who holds the second best height.

Jenkins also holds the fastest time this season in 100-meter hurdles where she finished second in the state last year. She didn’t compete last week due to a minor injury.

She is the second best this season in long jump (15-11.5) behind Lampe, her freshman teammate, who won Friday with a PR distance of 16-04. Jenkins finished third.

Jenkins is also part of the fastest 4×100 relay team this season with Lampe, Giangreco and freshman Emily Manship.

With Rebecca Noble in for Giangreco Friday the team finished in third place, losing by just 1 second to upper division Northern California schools, West Valley, of Cottonwood, and Yuba City.

Giangreco threw her season best of 90-04 in discus, which is fourth best in 2A, and she also set a PR in the 200 and anchored the relay.

Lampe aside from setting her best distance in long jump, also set PRs in the 200 (28.09 seconds) and the 400 (1:07.28)

Senior Emma Perrell cleared 30 feet (30-01) in triple jump for the first time in her career and earned sixth place. Four of the five competitors above her also recorded PRs.

Brayden Snearly stood out on the boys side with accumulating points.

He was 10th in the 100 with a personal best 11.6. He was fourth in high jump and 300 hurdles with a new standard of 43.26.

Snearly’s hurdles time was the fastest this season in 2A and he’s also reached the third greatest height in high jump and is fourth best in long jump.

Speedy sophomore Dylan Cleary sprinted to personal bests in the 200 (23.35) and 400 (51.92) for seventh and third, respectively.

Cleary is the fastest so far this year in the 400 and has the third best time in the 200.

Long distance specialist Niklas Pietzke set new bests in all three of his disciplines, the 800 (2:09), 1600 (4:43) and 3200 (10:13) and finished 17th, 10th and sixth, respectively.

The sophomore is on pace to win the state title in the 3200 and has the second fastest 1600 this year.

Freshman Jimmy Cleary reached a personal best 40-04 to place fourth in triple jump and that length is also fourth best in 2A.

Incline competes next at 11 a.m. Friday, May 3, in the Tahoe-Truckee Lake Meet at Truckee High School.

The following week the Highlanders will compete in the Northern Regional meet Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, at Churchill County High School in Fallon, Nevada.

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