Elias Rangamar, 2008 Coach of the Year, holds the specially crafted latte stone trophy presented to him during the 2008 NMASA Annual Awards Banquet last night at the Seaside Hall of Saipan Grand Hotel. (Roselyn B. Monroyo) 

Rangamar was part of Northern Marianas Athletics pool of coaches, who prepared CNMI tracksters for the biggest meet the Commonwealth hosted last season -- the 2008 Oceania Area Championships.

He helped turn Jacque Wonenberg from a sprinter to an all-around trackster for the Oceania championships held from June 23 to 28.

Wonenberg later won the heptathlon competition in the area tournament, giving the CNMI its lone gold medal in the meet.

Besides Wonenberg's gold, the CNMI also took six silver and eight bronze medals in last year's major athletics event.

Right after the Oceania championships, Rangamar, who also works full time with the Division of Sports and Recreation, turned his attention to basketball.

He was in charge of preparing the CNMI Women's Junior Nationals for the 2008 Oceania Youth Tournament, which took place in Guam in October.

Rangamar teamed up with Jose Tumaquip in helping the CNMI cagebelles shape up for the Oceania caging, which featured teams from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Guam, New Caledonia, Palau, and Tahiti.  The CNMI cagebelles placed seventh, winning over Palau.

By Roselyn Monroyo
  Saipan Tribune


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