Like the Energizer Bunny, the Tonto Apache Track and Field team keeps going and going and going.
The most recent outing for the team was March 19 to Glendale Community College where the athletes, who participated in shot and discus only, competed in a USA Track and Field meet.
That event was contested on the heels of the team's participation, Feb. 26, in an indoor meet in Flagstaff and just prior to the squad returning April 2-3 to Glendale College for the Phoenix Invitational.
"We do keep going and going," said Tonto Apache coach Billy Joe Winchester.
At the Phoenix Invitational, Winchester is anticipating a huge turnout.
"At a USA Track meeting, Bob Flint (event director) said he is figuring around 5,000 (athletes) and 80 to 100 teams will be there," Winchester said. "We are all looking forward to the invitational. We should have a good showing."
Leading the Tonto Apache effort at the Glendale meet were first-place finishers Shawte Hinton (midget girls; discus), Keshia Waterman (youth girls; shot-put), Marquel Waterman (youth girls; discus) Jared Begay (youth boys; discus) and Alex Winchester (young men; shot-put and discus).
Silver-medalists included Shawte Hinton (midget girls; discus), Keshia Waterman (youth girls; discus), Marquel Waterman (youth girls; shot-put) and Jordan Hinton (youth boys; shot-put and discus).
Third-place finishers included Andrea Hinton (bantam girls; shot-put), Heath Quade (midget boys; shot-put) and Shane Levine (youth boys; discus).
Heath Quade (midget boys; discus) and Val Doka (youth boys; shot-put) contributed fourth-place points to the cause.
In Glendale, the team was without some of its stellar athletes due to injuries and other commitments. Among the missing were Hunter Doka, Cassie Johnson and Cody Waterman.
Winchester said he anticipates the three will be available to participate in the upcoming Phoenix Invitational.