Nanaeto and Garcia Jr., to represent Colorado at Down Under Sports

Jonas Nanaeto (261), leads the Bayfield Wolverines at the start of the Bayfield Invitational, with Elco Garcia Jr., right behind Nanaeto, Sept. 22, 2018.
Melanie Brubaker Mazur/ SU Drum archive

Down Under Sports is pleased to announce that Ignacio High School junior Jonas Nanaeto and Ignacio High School junior Elco Garcia Jr., have been invited to represent Colorado on the 2019 Track and Field and Cross-Country Teams.

Nanaeto and Garcia will depart for Queensland, Australia on July 6, 2019 to compete down under for individual honors and a team championship title.

Nanaeto has been selected to represent Team Colorado in Track & Field and Garcia Jr., to represent Team Colorado in Cross-Country. Each participant must raise money to cover the cost of the ten-day Australia Tournament Package. Fundraising is an important step to achieve the goal of competing on the international stage.

Both Nanaeto and Garcia Jr., are raising funds for their travel expenses and electronic contributions can be made to each individual’s account or by mailing a donation to their respective addresses.

 

Donate online (Case sensitive):

  • For Jonas Nananeto donate online at

https://DownUnderSports.com/AND-EGS

  • For Elco Garcia Jr. donate online at

https://DownUnderSports.com/HUH-CYH

Or make check out to: “Down Under Sports” including the boy’s name on your check or Call Down Under Sports at 435-753-4732.

 

About Down Under Sports

Down Under Sports was founded in Feb. 1989 based upon the dream of a New Zealander by the name of George O’Scanlon. O’Scanlon fell in love with athletics, especially American football (gridiron) as a young man growing up in his native country of New Zealand. His desire over the years has been to promote gridiron, not only to the people of New Zealand, but also to Australia where he lived for many years. That is why O’Scanlon started the Down Under Bowl which eventually led to the establishment of the Down Under Hoops Classic and the Down Under International Games.

The Down Under Sports programs use the common language of sports to bridge the continents and provide a forum for athletes from around the globe to compete head-to-head in the sport they love. During the past thirty years, Down Under Sports has had the opportunity to share the land down under with tens of thousands of individuals from across the United States. Some prior standouts of the Down Under Bowl include Jake “The Snake” Plummer (Denver Broncos), Ahman Green (Green Bay Packers), Rob Morris (Indianapolis Colts), Dave Dixon (Minnesota Vikings) and Jesse Williams (Seattle Seahawks).

The 2019 Down Under Sports program will include competition in football, cheer, cross country, golf, track and field, basketball, volleyball and soccer.

Down Under Sports’ goal is to continue to provide athletes who excel in their sport the opportunity to experience the culture, beauty and grandeur of the land down under all within the framework of spirited and intense competition.

The program’s motto puts emphasis on community. “Use the common language of sports to bridge the continents,” George O’Scanlon, President, Down Under Sports.

 

Jonas Nanaeto

2019 Colo. – Track & Field

 

Jonas Nanaeto is the 17-year-old son of Travis and Sheila Nanaeto. His maternal grand-parents are Ula and the late Mic Gregory of Ignacio, Colo,; his paternal grandparents are Stella Nullake of Stroud, Oklahoma and the late Jonny Nanaeto of Jones, Oklahoma. He resides in Ignacio, Colo., where he is a junior at Ignacio High School. Jonas is an enrolled member of the Sac & Fox Nation of Oklahoma he is Thunder Clan, his Sac name is Gawna-Baw-Gat; he also represents the Southern Ute, Ute Mountain Ute & Northern Ute people, as well as, the Meskwaki & Kickapoo Tribes.

Jonas started running competitively in seventh grade at the Ignacio Jr. High, where he participated in mid-distance, relays & high jump. He has progressively moved from a 200 meters runner to a mid-distance runner focusing on the 400 meter & 800 meter race.

Jonas competed at the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Toronto, Quebec Canada in the 16U high jump and 16U 300 meter dash placing 3rd in the 300 meter dash. He secured one of three metals for Team Colorado. Track & Field hosted the most participants at the NAIG games.

Freshman year: 2017 Varsity Track & Field Ignacio High School; Ran 200 meter dash, 1600 meter relay, 400 meter dash & High jump

Sophomore Year: 2018 Colorado 2A State Qualifier Track & Field in the 400 meter dash; 2018 Colorado 2A State Qualifier in Track & Field in the 800 meter dash; 2017 Varsity Bayfield Wolverine in Cross Country

Junior Year: 2018 Colorado 3A State Qualifier in Cross Country, placing in the top 50 out of 160 runners; 2018 Bayfield Cross Country Runner of the Year

In addition to High School Sports Nanaeto participates in indoor track with the IHS Track Club; running the 60 yard dash, 400 meter and 800 meter races.

 

Elco Garcia Jr.

2019 Colo. – Cross Country

 

Elco Garcia Jr. is the youngest of four and the only son of Naomi Russell and Elco Garcia Sr. He is 16 years and resides in Ignacio, Colo., where he is a junior at Ignacio High School. Elco Jr. is from the Navajo Nation, born for the Towering House clan (Kiya aani)

His love of competitive running started as a seventh grader at Ignacio Jr. High School where he participated in mid & long-distance events as well as relay and long jump.

2016-17 Elco Jr. started his first year of cross country at Bayfield High School. Ignacio High school does not house a boy’s cross country team and therefore athletes are allowed to compete with our neighboring school team. Elco Jr. had a very accomplished freshman year, consistently remaining as one of the top five freshman runners in the Colorado State Class 3A Cross Country ending the season ranked as the #5 freshman runner of the year.

Freshman Year: 2016 lettering as a Varsity Bayfield Wolverine in Cross Country & Ignacio Bobcat in Track & Field; 2017 Colorado 2A State Qualifier in Track & Field in the 3200-meter (2 mile)

Sophomore Year: 2017 Bayfield Cross Country Runner of the Year; 2018 Colorado 2A State Qualifier Track & Field in the 1600-meter (1mile) 2018 Colorado 2A State Qualifier in Track & Field in the 3200-meter (2 mile)

Junior Year: 2018 Colorado 3A State Qualifier in Cross Country; 2018 Colorado all-state Academic honors award

In addition to High School Sports, Elco Jr. participates in indoor track with the IHS Track Club running the 1600-meter, 3200-meter and occasionally the steeple chase. Garcia Jr. is dedicated to his sport year-round. It is not uncommon to see him running at the track during the winter season or along the river trails near Ignacio prepping for the upcoming season.

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