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Competition makes Creek XC Girls better

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls cross country team returns four starters to the line-up with senior Olivia Fairholm, juniors Kaylie Barker (All-Conference and 2016 state qualifier) and Ally Loren and sophomore Liv Smyka back to set the pace for the Clippers.
Coach Jane Astor, with 26 years at CCA, likes what she sees in her Creek Girls this season.
“We have a strong leader in Fairholm,” Astor said. “Barker trains well in the summer and will be ready to lead the team on the course.”
Three freshmen, Madelynn Fox, Alexis Ponce and Ellen Austin are tagged as promising newcomers. Fox, she said has great summer training and attitude while Ponce is “strong, good summer training and team attitude,” and Austin is described as a “natural athlete, hard worker.” The youth infusion could well lead to completion for the varsity spots, which Astor said, “will make us a better team.”
She noted Solon developed their young runners well last year, and look to be tough this season.
“Center Point-Urbana (CPU) will also be a good team with their State Champion leading the way.”
The season opens on Saturday, Aug. 26, with an invitational meet at Cedar Rapids Prairie. The Clippers’ home meet is set for Monday, Sept. 25, at Kickers Soccer Complex in Iowa City.