Minatare Indians plan to turn up the heat
     2013-03-21      By Brian Hale    brianhale@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Elizabeth Gross/Gering Citizen - The Minatare track team front row from left are Shanti Suhr, Briana Regester, Ana Gibbons, Jorge Montelongo, Mario Sanchez, Miguel Martinez Jr., Tyler Buskirk, Luis Villareal, Jerrick Ross back from left: Coach Foster, Tylor Grumbles, Frank Kohler, Andres Mendoza, Steven Juarez, Tyler Koke, Tyler Golden, Robert Ellis, Coach Korkow. 
For a small school that struggles with numbers year after year, you have to hand it to the Minatare Indians for the talent they produce.

According to Coach Steven Foster, "We have several returning and a good group of new kids out this year." Despite the small team, Minatare sent two standouts to the State meet with another just missing by literally, a split second.

Minatare returns junior Steven Juarez who is a two-time state qualifier and Andres Mendoza who qualified for state this past year, while Mario Sanchez missed qualifying by being the third best in the state during the district meet where Minatare placed 3rd as a team. Other returning letter winners include Jorge Montelongo and Tyler Koke. The team is healthy and ready to help the newer kids gain experience.

Coach Foster is also positive about the girls team this year. Despite having only one returner, he says, "We'll just have to see. We'll get them out there and see how they do. It's nice to see more girls out this year"

When asked about the long-standing boys 400 meter relay record still held in part by yours truly, Coach Foster just laughed and indicated that they may be working on relays in the future. Foster, a veteran coach who has seen lots of talent over the years expects to see some pretty good performances come out of Minatare in 2013.

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