Tonto Apaches Grab Silver In Phoenix

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Among the 63 amateur track and field teams and about 4,000 youngsters who participated April 3 and 4 in the Phoenix Invitational was a posse of accomplished athletes representing the Tonto Apache tribe.

When the final team results were in, the Tonto Apaches had staked claim to second-place behind the powerful 3A Track Club of Los Angeles, Calif.

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Cody Waterman (left) and Valentino Doka starred for the Tonto Apache Track and Field team at the Phoenix Invitational held April 3 and 4.

"They were just too strong this year," Tonto Apache coach Billy Joe Winchester said.

Although the Tonto Apache crew had to settle for the silver, the coach was elated with the team's performances.

"I am very proud of our team," he said. "We had a lot of new kids and this is a very big meet."

One of the adjustments the team members were forced to make in the meet at Glendale Community College was the long waits between events.

"They had to wait up to three hours," Winchester said. "Most events had over 30 kids in each age group."

In the team's showing, Winchester praised the efforts of his team's eldest member -- 72-year-old Tom Cooka. In addition to being a member of the Tonto Apache team, Cooka is a highly successful athlete on the Senior Olympic circuit.

Winchester also lauded the performances of Valentino Doka and Cody Waterman in the midget boys' shot put. Doka won the event with a toss of 10.63 meters. With an effort of 9.18 meters, Waterman was second

"They were up against the national champ and the national third-place shot putters," he said. "Val knocked off both of them."

In addition to winning the shot put crown, Doka was the gold medalist in the discus and took third in the mini-javelin. He was named most valuable player in the throwing events.

The Tonto Apache team returns to the track May 8 and 9 at the Flyers Invitational meet to be held in Las Vegas, Nev.

Phoenix Track Meet Results

Midget Boys - Shot Put

1st Valentino Poka

4th Cody Waterman

13th Trever Thomas

Midget Girls - Shot Put

12th Hannah Quade

Young Men - Shot Put

3rd Matt Johnson

Young Men - Javelin

3rd Josh Quotskuyva

Young Men - Discus

1st Josh Quotskuyva

Inter Boys - Shot Put

3rd Charlie Lopez

Youth Boys - Discus

5th Shane Levine

6th Jordon Hinton

14th Jared Beqay

19th Landis Quade

20th Santana Curtis

Youth Boys - Shot Put

4th Shane Levine

6th Jordon Hinton

11th Jarred Beqay

Midget Boys - Discus

1st Valentino Poka

3rd Cody Waterman

Midget Boys - Mini Javelin

3rd Valentino Poka

8th Cody Waterman

16th Heath Quade

Midget Girls - Discus

4th Hannah Quade

Youth Girls - Shot Put

10th Marquel Waterman

Bantam Boys - Shot Put

4th Skyler Thomas

Bantam Girls - Shot Put

10th Cassie Johnson

100m - Sub-Bantam - Girls

23rd Davida Guerra

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