Jenna Hinkle
Jenna Hinkle
Year: Senior
Hometown: Cottonwood, CA
High School: West Valley HS
Position: Distance

2017 Cross Country

Competed in six meets for her final cross country season as a Gaucho. Opened up with a win at the UCSB Lagoon Meet to post up a 5k time of 17:41.8. Took 2nd overall at the UC Riverside Invitational where she'd break 20 minutes for the first time at 6k with a time of 19:59.8. Took 8th overall at the Bill Dellinger Invitational in a stacked field with a time of 19:17.9. Captured her first Big West Conference Cross Country individual title at the Conference Championships with a time of 20:17.1, helping the women's team take their first conference team title since 2010 in the process. Wrapped up her season with a 20:16.8 to finish 27th at the NCAA West Regional Meet, 2 spots off All-Region honors. 

2016-2017 Track

The 2017 track season would come to be Hinkle's strongest year not only on the conference level, but at the regional and national level as well. In March alone, Hinkle would go on to set personal bests five times in four different events, the 800m (2:09.66), 3000m (9:46.71), 5000 (16:53.79), and the 1500m (4:16.62), the 1500m coming along with a huge win over a national caliber field at the Stanford Invitational and a school record. She would go on two set two more personal bests in the 800m, lowering it to 2:09.41 and then to 2:07.76. Garnered a 1st place finish in the 1500m at the Big West Conference Championships, her first ever conference title, and also took home 2nd in the 800m just over an hour later. Despite it being her first time at the regional meet for track, Hinkle went through the rounds with the tactics of a wily veteran, taking an automatic qualifying spot on the first day to the final, and then doing so again for the final with a blistering 62 second last lap, giving her the right to compete at the NCAA Track and Field Championships for the first time, becoming the only female Gaucho to ever qualify for nationals in the 1500m. Her season would conclude with a 10th place finish in her semi-final at the national meet, finishing 19th overall in the country. 

2016 Cross Country

Competed in six competitions for the Gauchos. Built upon her breakout season in track by finishing 2nd at the Big West Conference Championshps in 21:21.5. Lowered her personal best in the 6k by over a minute from her previous cross season by running 20:10.1 at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational. Established herself as a possible national contender by finishing 5th at the Stanford Invitational in 20:31.1. Capped off the season with a 31st place finish at NCAA West Regionals, improving 85 places over her regional performance from last year. 

2015-2016 Track

Raced in 10 meets in UCSB uniform. Over the course of the season, lowered her 1500m PB from 4:36.52 to 4:25.19 at the Payton Jordan Invite, establishing her as one of the top milers in the conference. Also lowered her 800m PB by 3 seconds to 2:12.16. Finished a great season by scoring crucial points at the Big West Conference Championships, placing 4th in the 1500m and 7th in the 5000m.

2015 Cross Country

Competed in six competitions for the Gauchos. Set a 6K PB of 21:11 at the Big West Conference Championships, where she was the #4 scorer for UCSB and 14th overall. This season-best performance put the team on the podium, only finishing behind Cal Poly SLO. Placed 116th in her second NCAA West Regional in Seattle. 

2014-2015 Outdoor Track

Competed in nine competitions for the Gauchos during her freshman debut season on the track. Opened the year with a second place mile showing at the Round-Up, running 5:06.71. Placed second at the All UC in her 1,500m opener, clipping 4:40.76. At the Westmont Collegiate Classic she delivered a 2:15.78 performance in the 800m. Came back with a 2:16.01 finish at the UC Riverside Spring Track Classic in the 800m. Really got going at the Big West Challenge, running the 1,500m in 4:38:06. She carried that momentum right into the Bryan Clay Invite, where she found a lifetime best in the 1,500m at 4:36.52.  Placed 11th at the Big West Championships in her 3,000m Steeple debut, running 12:39.16. 

2014 Cross Country


Competed in six races during her freshman cross campaign. Opened in the scoring five, running No. 5 for the Gauchos at the Lagoon, running 18:51 over the 5k loop. Ran No. 4 for the Gauchos at the UC Riverside Invite, clipping 22:24.9 in her 6k opener. Bounced back at Stanford and again ran in the No. 4 slot for the Gauchos, placing 69th with a 23:00 effort. 

Prep


Hinkle set her cross country 5k personal best at the Stanford Invitational, running 18:58 in her only year of high school cross country, her senior year. In the spring she really found her stride for the West Valley Eagles, running a 2:16.11 in the 800m. At the NSCIF Finals she won the 1600m, qualifying for the CIF State Championships with a time of 5:03.86. Also led her 4 x 400m relay team to the CIF Northern Section Championships.  As a junior she took 6th at the Golden West Invitational in the 800m. Voted 2014 Sacramento River League Scholar Athlete of The Year. Holds West Valley HS records in the 4 x 800m and DMR relays. High school coaches were Scott Fairley and Bill Elliot. 

Personal


Daughter of Brad and Brenda Hinkle...Has one sister, Corinne (20)...Majoring in Biological Sciences...Aspires to become a Dermatologist...Personal hero is her sister...Most memorable athletic achievements were winning the CIF Section title in the 1,600m and as a team in XC her senior year. 

Collegiate Bests


800m- 2:07.76 (2017 Cal Poly Dual Meet) 

1500m- 4:16.62(2017 Stanford Invitational) 

3000m - 9:46.71 (2017 All UC Challenge) 

5000m - 16:53.79 (2017 Ben Brown Invitational) 

Big West Championships

2017 - 800m, 2nd, 2:09.00

2017 - 1500m, 1st, 4:27.49

2016- 1500m, 4th, 4:26.13

2016- 5000m, 7th, 17:49.31

2015- 3000m Steeplechase, 11th, 12:39.16  

NCAA West Regionals

2017 - 1500m, 8th, 4:29.22

NCAA Championships 

2017 - 1500m, 19th, 4:21.11

Big West Cross Country

2017 - 6k, 1st, 20:17.1

2016 - 6k, 2nd, 21:21.5

2015 - 6k, 14th, 21:11.9

2014 - 6k, 34th, 22:17.1

NCAA West Regionals Cross Country

2017 - 6k, 27th, 20:16.8

2016 - 6k, 31st, 20:20.8 

2015 - 6k, 116th, 22:26.3

2014 - 6k, 141st, 22:40.9