By virtue of top three finishes in the Arizona State Junior Olympic games, the Tonto Apache Track and Field team will be sending eight athletes, and possibly four more, to the Region X championships next month in Albuquerque, N.M.
Tonto team coach Billy Joe Winchester is predicting that several of his athletes as many as eight or nine could qualify at regionals to advance to the national games in California.
Also on the agenda for the Tonto Apache team is participation in the Grand Canyon State Games this weekend in Phoenix.
As the reigning GC games "Male and Female Athletes of the Year," the Tonto Apache squad will lead the Parade of Champions into America West Arena this evening (Friday).
Winners at the Junior Olympics were:
Shot-Put Valentino Doka, 3rd; Jarred Begay, 4th.
Shot-Put Justin Johnson, 1st.
Discus Miguel Lopez, 2nd; Justin Johnson, 3rd.
Jav Josh Quotskuyua, 1st; Anthony Johnson, 2nd.
Discus Josh Quotskuyua, 3rd; Chris Engle, 4th.
Shot-Put Josh Quotskuyua, 3rd; Paul Burdette, 4th.
High Jump Mirle Weisser, 3rd.
Shot-Put Kindell Begay, 2nd; Kaylee Talgo, 3rd.
Discus Kindell Begay 1st; Kaylee Talgo, 2nd.
Jav Kaylee Talgo, 3rd.
Shot-Put Alex Winchester, 4th
Discus Alex Winchester, 4th