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Creek Boys return to state XC with their first district title

District championship for Brandon Barker is a CCA first

SOLON– History was made for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys cross country team Thursday, Oct. 24, at its Class 3A District (state qualifying) Meet, which was held in at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
The Clippers won the district championship and advanced as a team to the 2019 state meet on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Kennedy Park in Fort Dodge. The Creek Boys were the runner-up team last year, their highest finish to date. This will be CCA’s fifth state-qualifying team in the history of the program, and is their third district title.
In addition, Brandon Barker, who won in 16:20.8, roughly five seconds ahead of runner-up Luke Post from Center Point-Urbana (CPU), is the first district champion in the history of CCA Cross Country. Senior Nick O’Connor is the first four-time individual state qualifier for CCA after finishing fifth in 16:31.3.
O’Connor, Jack Sexton, Barker and Gavin Zillyette all qualified as individuals in addition to propelling the team to state. Sexton, a senior, was sixth in 16:34, while Zillyette, a sophomore, was seventh in 16:41.4.
CCA’s first-, fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-place finishes pushed them ahead of the Stormin’ Pointers of CPU 39-44 for the district title.
The Clippers received a major morale boost as head football coach Gabe Bakker filled two busses with the football team and took them to Solon to cheer on the cross country squads, a first for CCA.
The state meet opens with 4A girls at 11 a.m. followed by 4A boys at 11:30 a.m. The 3A Girls take the gun at noon with an awards ceremony scheduled for 12:20 p.m. for Class 4A. The 3A boys hit the course at 12:30 p.m. The Class 3A award ceremony is scheduled for 1:20 p.m.

Solon Class 3A State Qualifier Meet results for Clear Creek Amana
Team results— 1, Clear Creek Amana, 39, 1:23:51.5. 2, Center Point-Urbana, 44, 1:24:33.4. 3, Grinnell, 90, 1:27:23.5. 4, Mount Vernon-Lisbon, 97, 1:28:11.0. 5, Solon, 135, 1:30:12.3. 6, Davenport Assumption, 148, 1:29:59.3. 7, Washington, 190, 1:32:12.9. 8, Fort Madison, 192, 1:32:22.6. 9, Mount Pleasant, 219, 1:33:34.6. 10, Central DeWitt, 261, 1:35:37.9. 11, Notre Dame-West Burlington, 332, 1:39:36.2.
Individual results — 1, Brandon Barker, 16:20.8. 5, Nick O’Connor, 16:31.3. 6, Jack Sexton, 16:34.4. 7, Gavin Zillyette, 16:41.4. 20, Caleb Alcorn, 17:43.6. 22, Brandon McCarty, 17:55.6. 26, Daniel Henkle, 18:03.0.