Fueled by the efforts of Josh Quotskuyva and Mike Waterman, the Tonto Apache Track and Field team posted a meet-leading 204 points to win the championship of the Flyers Invitational meet May 10 and 11 at Cimarron High School in Las Vegas, Nev.
The championship showing caught team coach Billy Joe Winchester by surprise.
"Because it was a big meet, I went in hopes of placing in the top 10," he said. "But we won it all."
What made the victory even more surprising is the fact that the Tonto Apache team, which is traditionally led by its throwers, was able to outduel some of the country's best in shot-put and discus.
"The best in the USA were there and we beat some of them," Winchester said.
Of the Tonto Apache team point total, Quotskuyva, who was named the most valuable athlete of the meet, posted 40.
"He did a great job," Winchester said.
Quotskuyva was first in the 3,000 meters and second in both the discus and javelin. In the shot-put, he was third.
Waterman added 28 points to the Tonto Apache cause, finishing first in the discus, second in the shot-put and fourth in the javelin. His point total was second only to Quotskuyva.
Although Quotskuyva and Waterman were the stars, the Tonto Apache victory was a team effort.
"Everyone played a great part in us winning this track meet," Winchester said. "I can't say how proud I am of them."