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Jacee Clark

Waterloo East

Senior

Track and field

Clark continues to maximize his ability in the high jump. The two-time state qualifier, coming off an eighth-place finish at the Drake Relays, recently cleared 6-feet, 2-inches to win an MVC Divisional title Friday in Cedar Rapids. Standing just 5-foot-10, Clark has gone as high as 6-5 this season, ranking fourth in Class 4A. He also serves a valuable sprinter and is an All-Metro honoree in basketball and football. “Jacee is just one of those young men who will do anything that you ask him to do,” East coach Tim Moses said. “He’s a true team player and he’s one of the hardest working young men I’ve been around. He’s a very humble young man, very grounded.” Clark plans to play football at Ellsworth Community College.

Auriona Kimbrough

Cedar Falls

Junior

Track and field

Kimbrough was a key part of Cedar Falls’ convincing team championship effort during Friday’s MVC Divisional meet. The junior got out of the blocks fast en route to titles in the 4x200 and 4x400 relays. She also won the high jump and was second in the 200. Kimbrough has placed fifth in the last two Class 4A state high jumps and ran on last year’s state runner-up 4x400. “This year she’s really stepped up taking leadership from her actions to words,” CF coach Kara Bearbower said. “She’s somebody who has a love for track and a love for her team, and she’s willing to do what it takes to help her team place the best that we can.”

Ana Ortiz

Waterloo Columbus

Senior

Soccer

A combination of strong soccer sense, poise on the ball and a willingness to get up with the team’s offensive attack has allowed Ortiz to become an impact player in the midfield for Class 1A’s No. 6-ranked Sailors. The senior captain helped guide Columbus to wins over Gladbrook-Reinbeck and Denver last week. “Ana is full of energy, drive and determination when it comes to soccer,” Columbus coach Julie Girsch noted. “She is focused on achieving the best. Anna has grown over the past four years. ... She is calm and composed on the ball and supports her teammates in all areas. She is one of the most coachable players I have worked with over the years.”

Ta’Mara Roby

Waterloo West

Senior

Track and field

Roby is enjoying a breakthrough senior season in her fourth year as a member of the Wahawks’ track team. Against a very competitive field in last week’s MVC Divisional meet, Roby ran on a runner-up 4x200 and third-place sprint medley and 4x100. She was also part of a 4x100 that placed at the Drake Relays. “Ta’Mara is having the best season of her career, running faster than she ever has and supporting our team in all of the sprint relays,” West coach Joe Malsam noted. “Ta’Mara is focused on being her best to close out her high school career and she has stepped up for our team whenever we have needed her.”

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