July 19, 2011
Members of the Tonto Apache Track and Field team include (from left) Reesa Johnson, Hunter Doka and Skylar Thomas. All are shot put competitors coached by Rosie Mason.
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A 14-year-old member of the Tonto Apache Tribe has qualified to compete in the prestigious 45th USA Track and Field Championships to be held July 26-31 in Cessna Stadium on the campus of Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan. Hunter Doka earned the coveted berth by finishing fifth in the youth boys shot put event at the Junior Olympics Region 10 Championships held July 18 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. At Region 10, the teen threw 11.13 meters, or 36 feet, 6.25 inches, to finish fifth among 14 qualifiers from a five state area.