Incline tracksters dialing in times, distances late in season
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — With fast times, long throws and jumps at its last event, Incline is right where it wants to be heading into the final few track and field meets of the season.
The Highlanders set a bunch of personal bests Saturday, April 20, at the Carson Invitational in Carson City and the boys and girls each finished midpack among 33 schools, not all scored, but each were first compared to schools the same size.
“It’s the end of the season they’re starting to hit their times getting ready for regionals and state,” said Incline head coach Thomas Reymer. “It’s so cool to watch these kids do more than they think they can. I’ve got a great corps of grinders as I like to call them.”
Incline set several new standards despite competing at about 4,700 feet in elevation with schizophrenic weather conditions.
Sophomore Dylan Cleary sprinted to a new personal best in the 400-meter run, 52 seconds, bettering his previous best of 52.33 set two weeks before at a meet in Rocklin, California, basically at sea level.
And he also beat competition from much larger schools than Incline’s 2A status. His time is the fastest for a 2A runner in Nevada this year.
“Not only did he finish first with a personal best, it was against 3’s and 4s,” Reymer said.
The Highlander boys finished in 11th place out of 22 scoring schools with 23.5 points, well ahead of division rivals Yerington (13) and North Tahoe (10).
Cleary also earned sixth out of 49 in the 200, was 11th out of 60 in the 100 and took his normal spot as lead runner in the 4×400 relay.
Long distance specialist Niklas Pietzke set personal records in the 800 and 1600 and was just 5 seconds off his best in the 3200. He finished third in the longest race behind 3A and 4A opponents.
Incline freshman Jimmy Cleary set a PR in triple jump (39 feet, 9 inches) and earned seventh place and Brayden Snearly set a PR in the 100 hurdles and came in seventh in high jump (5-10), falling just shy of his bid to reach 6 feet.
Sophomore Millie Jenkins gathered the top results for the Lady Highlanders who finished with 19.5 points, ahead of division rivals North Tahoe (14), and Pershing County (12).
Jenkins earned third in high jump (5-0), just ahead of her teammate Sami Giangreco (4-10), was fourth in 100 hurdles, was eighth in long jump (15-0) and was a member of the fourth place 4×100 relay.
For the season, Jenkins owns the fastest times in the 100 and 100 hurdles and is also ranked first in high jump and second in long jump.
Giangreco was also on the relay team, earned 10th in discus and was 25th out of 61 in the 100.
Freshman Mattison Lampe set a PR in the 200 and was on the relay team and fellow frosh Emily Manship finished 12th out of 32 in the 400.
And all four have set the fastest relay time this season.
Incline competes Friday, April 26, at the Kays Ostrom Invitational at Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley.
The Tahoe Lake Meet is set for Friday, May 3, and will be the final regular season meet.