Senior Cierra Fillinger is a member of the Ankeny girls’ cross country team.
Fillinger placed eighth in the junior varsity race at the Ames Invitational on Sept. 5 with a time of 23 minutes 25 seconds. That allowed her to earn a varsity spot for the Rich Engel Classic on Thursday at Cedar Falls.
“Cierra brings a constant positive influence to our team with her devotion and effort in practices,” said Ankeny coach Eric Klingensmith. “In competitions, she runs with grit, pushing herself to and beyond limitations while helping her teammates along the way. During the Ames Invite, she ran the JV race tough and led us to a third-place team finish. Her finish placement and time moved her into the varsity lineup for the next meet.”