Tonto Apaches Dominate Throws Events

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A trio of Tonto Apache Track and Field team members earned gold medals at the USA Track and Field competition March 13 at Tolleson High School.

Josh Quotskuyva, Valentino Doka and Cassie Johnson won the medals in the shot put, discus and javelin events.

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Tonto Apache Track and Field team members Skyler Thomas (center) and Trevor Thomas competed in the shot put events at a USA meet held at Tolleson High School. Skyler finished sixth among the bantam boys and Trevor was seventh in the midget boys. The two are shown with their stepfather Wally Davis.

Competing in the youth men age/sex division, Quotskuyva captured titles in both the javelin and discus.

Doka won the shot put and discus while competing in the midget boys division. Johnson threw her way to the bantam girls shot put crown.

While the gold medal winners were the leaders of the team charge, it was a 6-year-old Hunter Doka who captured the fascination of coach Billy Joe Winchester.

"This was his first track meet and he was throwing against 8- and 9-year-old kids," Winchester said. "In the mini javelin, he took third place and then walked over to the shot put ring and finished in fourth place."

In Hunter, the Tonto Apaches might have a budding track and field star.

"He can't throw the discus for another three years, but once he does, look out Arizona and the nationals," Winchester said. "He is starting out real young and is already throwing the discus in the 60s."

Hunter is the younger brother of Valentino Doka.

Shane Levine and Valentino Doka earned second-place honors at Tolleson. Levin won silver medals in the youth boys shot put and discus. His shot put heave of 10.43 meters was a personal best. Valentino was second in the midget boys mini javelin.

Hannah Quade (midget girls) was third in both the discus and shot put.

Competing among the youth boys, Jarred Begay was fourth in the shot put and discus.

Santana Curtis finished seventh in the shot put and Guerra Davida placed eighth in the discus.

The Tonto Apache Track and Field team returns to USA action Sunday, March 21 at Glendale Community College.

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