Incline’s super sophomores Cleary, Jenkins lead way at track regionals
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Incline sophomores Dylan Cleary and Millie Jenkins put on a show during a warm, sunny weekend at the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Class 1A/2A/3A Northern Region Track and Field Championships.
The pair each won three individual events on Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, at Churchill County High School in Fallon, and showed they are the fastest 2A sprinters in the northstate.
Jenkins competed in four straight events Friday without much of a break in between.
She set a personal best in winning the 100-meter dash in 12.94 seconds after not even being on the map in that event as a freshman. She took off a full second from where she started the season.
She then broke the school record in the 100 hurdle preliminaries in a time of 15.77.
She was aided by a tailwind to break the record but came back a few minutes later, without any wind, and re-broke that record (15.66) in the final to claim first place.
Jenkins then bounced over to the long jump pit and proceeded to record a longer distance than anyone else.
On her final attempt, she reached 15 feet, 10.75 inches to defend her regional title and edge her freshman teammate Mattison Lampe. She finished fourth in the state last year.
By the time Jenkins made it to the high jump area, without time to recover, she didn’t have much left.
The defending state champion in the event reached a height of 4 feet, 6 inches, a season low after consistently reaching 5-0 to 5-2.
Jenkins junior teammate Sami Giangreco, who has been consistently right behind the sophomore in high jump took advantage and grabbed first place with a leap of 4-10.
“Millie was most impressive,” said Incline head coach Thomas Reymer. “She had no break and once she got to the high jump she had nothing left, and still finished in second.”
Cleary should make sure he has rubber left on his shoes after torching the all-weather surface for a pair of personal bests and three first-place medals.
He took first in the 100, 200 and 400, setting PRs in the two longer events.
Cleary, all while battling a nagging injury according to his coach, won the 200 in 22.73 and 400 in 51.05 and 100 in 11.33, just off his best of 11.14.
“Dylan Cleary is just flying right now,” Reymer said.
Long distance specialist Niklas Pietzke won the 1600 and 3200 and finished third in the 800 while setting a personal best time (2 minutes, 6.07 seconds).
For the season, Pietzke has posted the best time in the 3200 (10:13.95) by over 20 seconds, he has the second best time in the 1600, just over a second behind the top runner, and fourth best in the 800.
“Nik’s job was to finish first and not worry about a PR,” Reymer said. “We asked him to anchor our relay so we could score more points and what a great attitude he had after already running those three other events.”
Brayden Snearly grabbed four top five finishes, including first in 300 hurdles with a personal best time.
His time of 42.11 is well over a second faster than the second best recorded this year by Nikolas Burkhart, of North Tahoe.
Snearly also finished second in long jump (19-01.50), third in the 100 (11.45) and fourth in high jump (5-08).
Also for the boys, Brad Rye tied his personal best in pole vault (10-06) to earn second place and freshman Jimmy Cleary earned fourth in long jump (18-04.24) and sixth in the 800.
The top four individuals in each event qualified for the NIAA State Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, at Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas.
Giangreco earned second in discus (94-00) and was third in the 200 in a personal best time of 27.80, just behind the top two runners at 27.68 and 27.79.
She also teamed with Emma Perrell, Rebecca Noble and Emily Manship to win the 4×100 relay.
Also for the girls, Manship earned second place in the 400 (1:02.97) in a personal best and came in second in pole vault (7-09), also with a PR height, Lampe sprinted to second place and a personal best (50.86) in the 300 hurdles and was fourth in the 200, Noble was third in the 400 and Perrell was third in long jump.
Noble, Perrell, Lampe and Raquel Miner finished second in the 4×200 relay and Noble, Oliver, Manship and Jordan Stephens finished second in the 4×400 relay.
The Lady Highlanders finished in second place as a team with 147 points, behind rival North Tahoe with 163.
The boys earned fourth (117) behind Coral Academy (136), North Tahoe (135) and Yerington (127).
The weather looks like it will be mild in Las Vegas, which should suit the Highlanders.
I expect to see some wins and some fast times down there,” Reymer said. “We’re going down in elevation so that should help us. But it looks like we’ll all be battling White Pine and their massive numbers. It looks like it will be cool for state and that’s right up our alley. The cold front coming in would favor us.”