"Part of Clint's high school success was his maturity level," Jim Nickerson, Utter's track and field coach at Ottumwa, said. "His strength development was phenomenal and his speed development was phenomenal. His work ethic in practice was amazing. He used track to make himself that much better as a football player."
As senior, Utter, freshman Zach Messer and fellow seniors Tim Easton and Alex Kelly captured the gold in the Class 4A 4x400 relay at the 2009 Iowa High School State co-ed track meet with a school-record time of 3:18.68. Not only was it the fastest relay time in Class 4A, it was the best time of all four classes.
"He was a big contributor to the success of that team," Nickerson said.
Although Utter said some of his high school memories are a bit foggy, others he remembers fondly.
"When Friday night came around, nothing else seemed to really matter than playing with your buddies you've had all your life. And I think that's pretty special. Those were some fun times."