Tribe Team Members Score Well

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The Tonto Apache Track and Field team -- a squad that sent several qualifiers to the National Junior Olympics last summer --made its 1999 debut April 10 and 11 at the 35th Annual Phoenix Invitational held at Glendale Community College.

No team scores were kept, but the local squad, believed the only tribe-sponsored Junior Olympics team in the United States, had many of its athletes earn medals with top-10 finishes.

The Tonto efforts were paced by gold-medal winners April Reutter and Derrick Hoosava. Competing in the Young Women's classification, Reutter won the 100-meter dash in 13.52. Hoosava copped his gold in the Midget Boys' discus competition with a heave of 75 feet, 3 inches.

Fourteen-year-old Taylor Walden, a nationally-ranked top-20 competitor in the discus throw last year, had to settle for second place with a throw of 131 feet, 5 inches. Walden, competing among the Young Boys, was bested by a California athlete representing the state's 3A Track Club who threw more more than 137 feet. Walden has a personal best of 141 feet.

Payson High School junior Ben Kreiger captured a silver medal in the Young Men's shot put with a mark of 42 feet, 3/4 inch.

Other results
• Midget Girls' Shot Put: 9th Cassandra Cly, 16-06 1/2; 10th , Heather Waterman, 15-10 3/4; 11th, Maria Romero, 15-0.

  • Midget Girls' Discus: 4th, Cassandra Cly, 42-10; 6th, Maria Romero, 38-06; 8th, Heather Waterman, 36-0.
  • Midget Girls' Long Jump: 22nd, Cassandra Cly, 8-11 1/2.
  • Youth Girls' Discus: 10th, Jennifer Flores, 36-01.
  • Intermediate Girls' Shot Put: 4th, Kimberly Tinnin, 22-06 1/4.
  • Intermediate Girls' Discus: 3rd, Kimberly Tinnin, 68-06.
  • Young Women's 100 M: 1st, April Reutter, 13-5.
  • Young Women's Shot Put: 3rd, Windsong Burdette, 25-06 3/4.
  • Young Women's Discus: 2nd, Windsong Burdette, 61-04.
  • Boys' Sub Bantam: 27th, Valentino Deku, 5-03 1/2.
  • Bantam Boys' Shot Put: 2nd, Justin Johnson, 20-05 1/2.
  • Midget Boys' 400M: 27th, Derrick Hoosava, 1:18.73.
  • Midget Boys' Shot Put: 2nd, Derrick Hoosava, 27-10.
  • Midget Boys' 1500 M Race Walk: 2nd, Matthew Johnson, 10:53.05.
  • Midget Boys' Discus: 1st, Derrick Hoosava, 75-03; 7th, Matthew Johnson, 47-11.
  • Youth Boys' Discus: 2nd Taylor Walden, 131-05; 3rd, Michael Waterman, 110-10; 8th, Colten Curtis, 85-06;12th, Paul Burdette, 60-00; 18th, Chris Engle, 37-10.
  • Youth Boys' Javelin: 7th , Anthony Johnson, 65-02.
  • Youth Boys' High Jump: 6th, Michael Waterman, 4-07 1/4.
  • Youth Boys' Shot Put: 4th, Michael Waterman, 33-10; 8th, Colten Curtis, 28-10 1/2; 14th, Anthony Johnson, 20-0 3/4; 15th, Chris Engle, 19-09.
  • Young Mens' Shot Put: 2nd, Ben Drieger, 42-0 3/4; 3rd, Davis Jameson, 32-01 1/2.
  • Young Mens' Discus: 2nd, Ben Krieger, 122-01; 3rd, David Jameson, 69-11.

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