Four state track qualifiers return to team
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– A record number of athletes have joined the ranks of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys track and field team, and that gives coach Tony Brack a reason to be optimistic.
“This will provide a developing depth to our team,” the coach said. “The future of CCA track and field will continue to dominate with our experienced upperclassmen leading and helping our new members.”
Brack has seniors Jon Nzombo and Jack Murray back with juniors Tanner Bandy and Mitch Stopko. Nzombo and Bandy were part of last year’s 4x200 meter relay squad, which finished seventh at the state co-ed meet. Murray and Stopko were both state qualifiers.
Also back is senior Tyler Kasper with juniors Keyan McAreavy, Alec Morris and Trevor Toy. Sophomores Zach Bainbridge, Austen Carnahan, Eric Douglass, Daniel Goldsmith, David Goldsmith, Kage Hinricks, Wes Maxfield, Hunter Rogers and Cooper Secrest-Seelman are back as well with a season of competition under their belts.
The team welcomes juniors Drew Wagner and Ben Gingerich this season. Wagner will specialize in throwing events while Gingerich is looking at being a sprinter. Brack noted there will also be “lots of promising freshmen,” and pointed out that 23 of his 42 athletes are new to the team.
The season opened on Thursday, March 6, with the Washington Demons indoor meet at the University of Iowa where Murray placed fourth in the 1,600 meter run in 4:46.22 to be the highest-finishing Clipper for the event.