In a weekend that started out with a bang, it ended on a high note with the athletes of Pure Talent Elite Track and Field qualifying 33 of 40 athletes to the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games scheduled to take place July 26-August 2nd at Drake University in Des Moines, IA.
On day 1 PTE sent 7 multi-event athletes to the stadium starting with 11 year old Kristen Birmingham in the Pentathlon. The reigning national champion in the triathlon earned an opportunity to defend her title winning it with 2005 points. Kolby Heinerikson and Jesse Kuykendall earned the next two spots grabbing the silver and bronze medals in the 13 year old boys Pentathlon. In the afternoon sessions, Triathlon veteran Tyler Heinerikson won the silver in the 10 year old competition. 3 PTE athletes took their first spin in the multi-events with success. In the 9 year old competition, Londyn Cage climbed to 3rd and the bronze after a strong 200m performance to end the day. PTE would then go gold and silver in the 10 year old Triathlon where Aaliyah Carter led the pack, with Aumunique Johnson not far behind.
The evening was capped off with three race-walkers earning births. 9 year old Kamree Davis easily took home the gold followed by teammate Lauryn Birmingham in the third position. Raquel Johnson would get the 10th PTE qualifier of the day winning 3rd in the 11 year old race-walk.
On day 2, Distance phenom Taylor Giger would start the day off winning the 3000m run. In the same race, Carly Wells would take 5th and earn her 2nd consecutive trip to the Junior Olympics. Donovan Boyd, Noah Slone, and Damon Southall all would qualify in the 3000m on the boys side. Day 2 was a day for the hurdlers of PTE. Every PTE hurdler qualified in at least one of their races paced by 2nd place finishes by Jesse Kuykendall and Kristen Birmingham. On the field side, Diashonae Dixon and Serena Saylor would qualify in the javelin. Kolby Heinerikson and Augustine Bryant move on in the high jump. The day ended up being delayed by storms.
Day 3 had more PTE athletes advancing. Taylor Giger would sweep the 1500 and 800. In the 800 her teammate, Caleia Johnson would help PTE go 1 and 3 in the race running a personal best. Londyn Cage would also advance in the 800. Kenadee Davis, Riley Wells, Kamree Davis, and Lauryn Birmingham would all advance in the turbo javelin. The girls 4x800 and 4x400 meter relay teams would qualify winning 4th and 3rd! The 9-10 year old girls 4x100m relay team would win in dominating fashion and qualify for Des Moines. Kolby Heinerikson would earn a few births earning medals in the javelin and shot put and placing 5th in the discus.
Advancing to AAU Junior Olypmics
Riley Wells: Shot Put, Turbo Javelin
Kenadee Davis: 800m, 1500m, Turbo Javelin
Londyn Cage: Triathlon, 800m, 4x100m Relay
Kamree Davis: 1500m RW, Turbo Javelin
Lauryn Birmingham: Long Jump, 1500 RW, Turbo Javelin
Aumunique Johnson: Triathlon, Shot Put, 4x100m Relay
Kristen Birmingham: High Jump, 200m, 80mHurdles, Pentathlon
Taylor Giger: 800m, 1500m, 3000m
Caleia Johnson: 800m, 4x400m Relay, 4x800m Relay Alternate
Carly Wells: 3000m, 4x800m Relay
Raquel Johnson: 1500 RW
Kailey Wallace: 4x400m Relay, 4x800m Relay
Jordan Cousins-Fee: 4x800m Relay
Kaia Seitz: 80mH, 4x800m Relay Alternate
Jordan Birmingham: 100mH, 200mH, Javelin
O'Dia Johnson: 200mH
Diashonae Dixon: Javelin
Serena Saylor: Discus, Javelin
Aaliyah Carter: Triathlon, 4x100m
Ella Nelson: 4x100m
Kayla Thomas: 4x400m, 4x800m
Maya Jones: 4x400m, 400m
Tyler Heinerikson: High Jump, Shot Put, Turbo Javelin, Triathlon
Noah Slone: 800m, 3000m
Austin Jones: 100mH, 200mH,
Augustine Morgan: High Jump
Kolby Heinerikson: High Jump, Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, Pentathlon
Donovan Bustamante: 100mH, 200mH
Payton Stanfield: 100mH, 200mH,
Jesse Kuykendall: 100mH, 200mH, Pentathlon
Damon Southall: 3000m, 1500m
Donovan Boyd, 800m, 1500m, 3000m
Austin Bryant: 400m