The Bret Harte High School boys' and girls' track and field teams got a good taste of what lies ahead when select members took part in the Woody Wilson Invitational at University of California at Davis on Friday.

With competitors selected based on their best marks in each event, the field was limited to the best in northern California.

"It's a really good meet to get people into because you're going to see all of them down the line," Bret Harte coach Hal Clements said. "Overall, I was really pleased and thought we competed well."

Germaine Engstrom fared particularly well for Bret Harte, setting a new personal-best in her fifth-place finish in the 100 hurdles (15.4 seconds), notching a second-place finish in the triple jump (34 feet, 10 inches) and taking fourth in the 300 hurdles (46.1 seconds).

Engstrom was also a member of the fourth-place 4 x 100 relay team (51.6 seconds) that included Tianna Johnson, Emily Self and Shamika Smith.

Johnson notched a 10th-place finish in the 400 (62 seconds) and a third-place finish in the triple jump (33-4).

Gia Szmich set a new personal-best with her 10th-place finish in the 800 (2:27.2).

Crystal Thompson finished second in the discus (124-5) and eighth in the shot put (34-0).

On the boys' side, Robert Messer earned the Frogs' best finish with a second-place showing in the pole vault (13-6).

Dominick Smith took 10th in 100 (11.5) and Eric Aardal took 15th in the 3,200 (10:28.0).

The Frogs return to Mother Lode League action with a dual-meet against Linden at home on Thursday followed by the 14-team Bret Harte Invitational on Saturday.

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