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Creek girls and Creek boys 4th at Anamosa August XC meet

Haidyn and Brandon Barker lead the way for CCA

ANAMOSA– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls and boys cross country teams both finished fourth Saturday, Aug. 29, in a season-opening meet in Anamosa.
Haidyn Barker, a sophomore, was sixth overall in the varsity race, and the first Clipper across the finish line while big brother Brandon, a senior, won the varsity boys race in 16:32.5.
Mid-Praire won both varsity contests with Muscatine (boys) and Williamsburg (girls) the runner-ups. CCA rival Solon was third in both races.
Christian Withrow, a senior, won the boys junior varsity (JV) race in 18:42.5, and the JV Creek Boys also had a fourth-place showing.
“We ran a girl down today in the varsity race,” said Coach Ben Robison, “But that squad has made remarkable strides since a year ago. Senior Kayla Jiras ran right about three minutes faster today than a year prior, and junior Allie Kounkel right around two minutes faster. I’m really thrilled with where they are right now, and how the freshmen handled their first races today. The team may be small in numbers, but I can’t wait to see how they compete when we get them all together!”
The boys’ race, Robison said, “became a bit more stout than we had anticipated! Brandon (Barker) ran a great second-half race, and our young guys– Noah Yost (freshman), Peyton Stadler (sophomore) and Cameron Kimm (sophomore) are all figuring out how to compete! I’m glad we got one under our belts now. I think we’ve identified our areas of needed improvement, and I’m excited to get to work.”

Anamosa August XC Meet, Saturday, Aug. 29
Varsity girls
Team — 1, Mid-Prairie, 22. 2, Williamsburg 59. 3, Solon 63. 4, Clear Creek Amana, 128. 5, Muscatine, 131. 6, Fort Madison, 164. 7, Anamosa, 178.
CCA results — 6, Haidyn Barker, 19:58.7. 23, Kayla Jiras, 22:31.8. 29, Allie Kounkel, 22:49.6. 30, Avery Allan, 22:51.9. 40, Alexis Ponce, 25:09.4. 41, Eva Plathe, 25:20.0. 42, Meghan Cullen, 25:27.1.
Varsity boys
Team — 1, Mid-Prairie 43. 2, Muscatine, 58. 3, Solon, 62. 4, Clear Creek Amana, 71. 5, Williamsburg, 125. 6, Fort Madison, 136. 7, Anamosa, 181.
CCA results — 1, Brandon Barker, 16:32.5. 10, Gavin Zillyette, 17:20.5. 13, Noah Yost, 17:24.1. 20, Peyton Stadler, 17:56.1. 27, Tanner Tomas, 18:33.4. 30, Cameron Kimm, 18:40.4. 32, Michael Potter, 18:53.4.
JV girls
Team — 1, Solon, 22. 2, Williamsburg, 59. 3, Mid-Prairie, 72. 4, Muscatine, 87.
Incomplete teams — Anamosa, Clear Creek Amana, Fort Madison, West Liberty.
CCA results — 13, Ava Oldman, 24:08.1. 32, Isabella DiBeasi, 28:24.6.
JV boys
Team — 1, Solon, 47. 2, Muscatine, 55. 3, Williamsburg, 64. 4, Clear Creek Amana, 70. 5, Mid-Prairie, 153. 6, Fort Madison, 163. 7, Anamosa, 197.
CCA results — 1, Christian Withrow, 18:42.5. 6, Jackson Schloss, 19:14.7. 16, Jack Hagen, 19:41.9. 19, Andrew Cartier, 20:02.2. 28, Taylor Christensen, 20:30.3. 29, Conner Bonde, 20:34.5. 30, Drayden Johnson, 20:56.0.