TIFFIN– Coach Jane Astor returns eight starters to the boys’ line-up this season and five to the girls’ squad as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers engage in WaMaC cross country action this fall. Astor, assisted by Joe Graf, has 20 years of experience guiding CCA in cross country as well as track and field.
Seniors Matt Lintz, Zach Swenka and Tyler Cooling are back with juniors Brenner Gibson, Dustin Cox and Curran Beckler. Sophomores Jack Murray and Nathan Wessling also bring experience to the squad. Cody Marmet, Mitchell Rath Sandberg, Shane Williams and Austin Smith round-out the roster.
Sydney Boudreau, a senior, returns for the girls. Boudreau narrowly missed qualifying for State last year and was 13th at Regionals and 17th at Conference. Fellow senior Emilie Jacobsen has qualified for State in the 3000-meter run in the past. Senior Brandi Schmidt and sophomores Cyrena Golden-Poole and Ashley Ives are also back in the line-up.
Astor will also look to sophomore Riley Johanson and freshman Daniel Brechtel to make some noise out on the trails as well as freshmen Maddie Hinsley, Mackenzie Lown and Chloe Keith. Delia Herger, a junior foreign exchange student from Switzerland, will also run for the Clippers.
“The guys work well together,” Astor said. “We just need the entire pack to move up a notch.” She noted they are “a year wiser and stronger, plus the boys ran this summer.” Astor looks for the Clipper men to improve their places at meets this season.
“The girls appear to have a lot of talent. We have three freshmen who look to add a great deal to our team,” in addition to Jacobsen, Boudreau and Ives. “We have reason to be optimistic. The key will be staying healthy and teamwork.”
Astor says the WaMaC is “dynamite,” but singled out Solon as a strong team for the girls with four returning who were in the top 25 at Conference. The coach also has her eye on Benton Community and Williamsburg as well as Mount Vernon-Lisbon. “For the boys, it is much more jumbled, but Marion and Central DeWitt each have two from the top 25 returning.”
“This will be a very exciting season,” the coach said.