INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Incline was the smallest school last weekend at a track meet near California’s capital, but the Highlanders final results were mighty.
The boys won the freshman/sophomore division out of 20 scoring teams while the girls finished sixth out of 19 scoring teams Saturday, April 6, at the Thunder Invitational in Rocklin.
Overall, 35 schools competed.
The boys won their third consecutive meet after winning the Reed Sparks Rotary Invitational last week and the Fallon Elks invite the week before.
Niklas Pietzke competed in the two longest distance running events and also anchored the 4×400-meter run relay team that secured the Highlanders overall victory.
Pietzke grabbed a first-lap lead in the 3,200 but was overtaken and caught in slow traffic. But he came back to pass on the final lap and win the race in a personal best time of 10 minutes, 20.56 seconds.
He also ran the 1600 shortly after but used up much of his juice and finished 13th.
He later teamed with Jimmy Cleary, Dylan Cleary and Brad Rye to finish second in the relay and beat Woodcreek, who came in third place, for the overall title.
“Niklas ran a gutsy anchor with the second fastest time and running a faster final 200 of his 400 meters,” said Highlanders head coach Thomas Reymer.
Brayden Snearly contributed a ton of points to the team total by earning second in high jump and long jump, third in the 100-meter dash and first in the 300-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 45.13.
Dylan Cleary came in second in the 200 and 400 and led off the 4×400 relay. His 400 was a personal best.
Freshman Jimmy Cleary has gotten over the culture shock of moving this year from the beach and ocean of Santa Barbara to the snow and mountains of Incline Village and took first in triple jump, fifth in long jump and was ninth in the 800.
Millie Jenkins competed in the frosh/soph division, but also set the standard for varsity in two girls events.
Jenkins started the day with the 100 hurdles and posted the fastest time of the day in the second heat (16.08) to win by about .5 seconds in a personal best time.
Jenkins then tied her own school record in high jump, reaching 5 feet, 2 inches, 6 inches higher than the next competitor and 2 inches taller than any varsity competitor.
She had to settle for second place in long jump to her teammate despite reaching a personal best 15-11.50.
Freshman Mattison Lampe jumped just a little further, landing in the sand 16-01.00 from where she started.
Lampe also finished sixth in the 300 hurdles and was fifth in the 200, setting a new best time despite running into the wind late in the day.
Freshman Emily Manship improved her 400 time and set a new time in 300 hurdles at 53.99.
Junior Sami Giangreco competed on the varsity level set season-high marks in the 100 (14.28), high jump (5-00) and discus (89-07).
The team next will compete April 19-20 in Carson City after spring break.