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CCA boys track and field

Great expectations

TIFFIN– Ben Robison has never been more excited to get a new season underway. Robison, in his 10th year of coaching and third year at the helm of Clear Creek Amana’s boys track and field program, attributes his excitement to a number of factors.
First, Gabe Bakker and Trevor Bollers have joined the coaching staff. Bakker is the head varsity football coach, while Bollers is one of his assistants.
“We have added some incredibly talented and experienced coaches to the staff,” Robison said. “Coach Bakker will be an invaluable asset to the program. I truly believe that he, added to our staff with solid experience, and the addition of a new throws coach in Trevor Bollers makes our staff one of the best in the area.”
Karl Vogel, assistant coach and junior high coach, and Jackson Litterer, assistant coach and interim head varsity wrestling coach, return for their third season with the Creek Boys.
The program has also seen an influx of student athletes boosting the team’s numbers. This is an important factor, as the Clippers lost 11 seniors to graduation, including four 2017 state qualifiers.
Five seniors: Seb Johanson, Matt Brimeyer, Dylan Sheely, Jordan Wolfe and Jack Butler return to the lineup with Johanson and Brimeyer, state qualifiers in 2016 and 2017 in the shuttle hurdle relay. Sheely was a 2016 state qualifier in the 4x100 relay.
Four juniors: Zach Kabbage, Quentin Gisleson, Cole Liebe and Kaden McAreavy also return. Kabbage was also a 2016 qualifier in the 4x100, while Gisleson was a 2017 qualifier in the 4x800 and Liebe qualified in 2016 and 2017 for the state cross country meet.
A quartet of sophomores: Nick Gerard, Nick O’Connor, Jack Sexton and Trever Stockman also return. O’Connor was a 2016 and 2017 state cross country qualifier, Sexton qualified last fall for state cross country, as well, while Stockman was a 2016 state qualifier in the 4x100.
The Clippers anticipate bringing senior Darius Moore, who averaged 20 points per game for the varsity basketball squad, aboard along with freshmen Brandon Barker, a 2017 state cross country qualifier, Nate Beckmann, T.J. Bollers and Alex Figueroa.
Robison’s Creek Boys look to build on a successful 2017 season. The squad placed 10th out of 16 teams in the WaMaC championships and seventh out of eight teams in regional championships. CCA also sent two relays and one individual, Derek Toy, to Drake University’s famous blue oval for the 2017 State Coed Track and Field Meet.
“We are going to have one of the most balanced teams in recent CCA history,” Robison said. “I anticipate being able to score points in a lot of different areas. We should be able to put together some solid sprint relays, and I’m banking on some quality seasons out of a solid lineup of distance kids.”The coach noted the Clippers have some kids who will come in and be difference-makers right away.
“I’m excited to see the versatility of some of our guys,” he said.
Robison added the squad has a great mix of youth and experience and he is excited about the composition of the team.
“2017 was a challenging season for us as we continued to build and implement new programing,” he said. “We had a very challenging district draw last year, but I felt like our state qualifiers were representative of our team.”
Robison said it is realistic to believe the Creek Boys can be in the top five or six at the 2018 WaMaC championships and pointed out the conference has historically been one of, if not the toughest in the state.
“Last year’s finish was indicative of where we were,” he said.
The coach feels the squad can double-score in some events, especially in the distance races.
“I look to most (if not all) of our relays to score at that (conference) meet.”
The WaMaC is more balanced this year, he said, with not as many individual standouts as has been seen in previous years.
“Points will still be tough to come by, but CCA will be much better equipped than in the previous two years,” he added.
Robison sees Marion, Mount Vernon, Solon and Western Dubuque as the top contenders for the WaMaC team title this year.
The Clippers’ first meet isn’t until March 6, but Robison said, “I feel good about anticipating six-to-eight events at the state championships and getting some kids to the Drake Relays this year! I feel great about where we are now, and I love the buy-in from our kids. Our kids had great off-seasons, and most are locked-in, have big goals, and are ready to get rolling!”
The season opens Tuesday, March 6, with the Wartburg Indoor, in Waverly. The indoor season consists of four meets this year, with Iowa City Regina’s Bob Brown Invitational on Saturday, March 24, kicking off the regular season. The Clippers host two meets: the Clear Creek Amana Invitational on Thursday, April 5, and the Pacha Relays on Thursday, April 26.

Clear Creek Amana Boys
Track and Field 2018 Schedule:

Tuesday, March 6: Wartburg Indoor at Wartburg College
Friday, March 9: Washington (Iowa) Indoor at Cornell College, Mount Vernon
Tuesday, March 13: ISU High School Indoor at Iowa State University, Ames
Saturday, March 17: WaMaC Indoor at Grinnell
Saturday, March 24: Bob Brown Invitational at Iowa City Regina High School
Tuesday, March 27: Tipton Co-Ed at Tipton City Park
Thursday, March 29: Waverly-Shell Rock Invitational
Thursday, April 5: Clear Creek Amana Invitational
Tuesday, April 10: Iowa Valley Invitational at Marengo
Thursday, April 12: Benton Bobcat Invitational at Van Horne
Tuesday, April 17: Mid-Prairie Co-Ed Relays at Wellman
Thursday, April 19: Newton Invitational at Newton
Thursday, April 26 : CCA’s Pacha Relays
Thurs-Sat, April 26-28: Drake Relays at Drake University, Des Moines
Thursday, May 3: WaMaC Championships at Solon
Monday, May 7: WaMaC JV Meet at Van Horne
Thursday, May 11: Regional Championships (site to be determined)
Thurs-Sat, May 18-20: State Co-Ed Meet at Drake University, Des Moines