On day 1 PTE sent 9 athletes to historic Drake Stadium. Kolby Heinerikson and Jesse Kuykendall opened the morning participating in the 13 year old boys Pentathlon. While both athletes topped their point total earned in the Regional Championships, Kolby was able to secure 8th place in the competition and earn a medal. Also opening competition that morning was the trio of Londyn Cage, Aaliyah Carter, and Aumunique Johnson in the Triathlon. As with the boys, all athletes topped their point total from Joplin and Londyn Cage was able to earn a Personal Best in the high jump. Tyler Heinerikson later in the day took part in the boys Triathlon. The race-walkers also participated on day 1 where Kamree Davis earned the first medal of the games for PTE, taking home 4th in the 9 year old division while moving to a season best of just over eleven minutes. In the same race, teammate Lauryn Birmingham finished 9th. In the 11 year old race, Raquel Johnson walked a best time of 11:03 and finished 12th.
Day 2 featured only 1 PTE athlete, Kristen Birmingham competing in the 11 year old Pentathlon. She was able to come from over 200 points behind in the last event of the day to sneak up and grab the bronze medal by 2 points and bringing home the 3rd PTE medal of the games. While struggling in the long jump and shot put, she was able to get season best in the high jump, hurdles, and 800 to earn big points.
Day 3 featured the official start day for track and field events. Taylor Giger and Carly Wells would start the day off with 3000m run at 8am. Taylor would finish 11th in the nation just missing a spot on the medal stand. Carly Wells would smash her season best during the race going under 15 minutes. In the 11 year old boys, Donovan Boyd would also run his best time of the season (11:43) to finish 22nd out of 46th competitors. Noah Slone, who fought back from a foot injury made his debut in the 3000 also finished 20th running a 11:42. The hurdlers of PTE would be on display on day 3 also. 6 hurdlers (Jordan Birmingham, O'Dia Johnson, Jesse Kuykendall, Austin Jones, Donovan Bustamante, and Payton Stanfield) participated in the 200m Hurdlers. While none would advance to the finals, each ran strong races. On the field side, Kolby Heinerikson would just miss getting his second medal of the game placing 10th in the 13 year old boys discus. Riley Wells would make her Junior Olympic debut in the 8 and under girls shot put. She would throw a season's best of 8 feet 1 inch. Jordan Birmingham would PR (Personal Record) during the 13 year old girls javelin throwing 56 feet 3 inches to finish 24th out of 46 competitors.
Day 4: Tyler Heinerikson would start the day for the field participants taking part in the 10 year old boys Shot Put. In a strong field he would finish 16th in the competition throwing over 24 feet. His older brother Kolby would find success in the 13 year old javelin. He would throw a PR of 126 feet to grab his second medal of the games, a Bronze! Aumunique Johnson would also compete in the shot put where she would PR throwing a best of 14 feet 2 inches. On the track, the 1500m runners of PTE would start the day. Kenadee Davis would start the day going under the 8 minute mark for the first time this year. A day after finishing 11th in the nation in the 3000m,Taylor Giger would again finish in this spot running a 5:24. On the boys side Donovan Boyd would go 5:28 to place 38th. The hurdlers would return to the track for the 100m Hurdles. Jordan Birmingham would finish with a time of 18.90 to place 25th out of 51 qualifiers. On the 13 year old boys side, Jesse Kuykendall went 18.14 for 22nd Place and Austin Jones placed 39th in a time of 19.43. For the 14 year old boys Bustamante would finish 36th (17.36) and Stanfield 40th (18.45).
Returning to the field events, Kolby Heinerikson and Augustine Morgan would compete in the 13 year old boys High Jump. Morgan would jump to a season best of 5 feet to finish 11th in the nation. Heinerikson would go out after clearing 4 feet 10 inches to place 18th. On the track the last athletes of the day, Kristen Birmingham would compete in the 200m Preliminary round where she would not advance to the semi-finals. Maya Jones and Austin Bryant would finish the day for PTE in the 400m timed finals. Maya would run a time of 1:14 to finish 73rd. Bryant in his Junior Olympic debut would finish in a time of 1:09, good for 64th.
Day 5: The two 80m Hurdlers of PTE would open up with the semi-final round. In the 11 year old race, Kristen Birmingham would finish second in her heat with a season best of 14.66, good enough for her to claim a spot in the finals that would take place on Thursday. In the 12 year old race, Kaia Seitz would smash her season best breaking the 17 second mark (16.81) and finishing 34th in the nation. The 800m runners would take the track for PTE. Kenadee Davis would again start off in the 8u division. She would break the 4 minute mark and earn her second PR of the games! Londyn Cage would run in the 9 year old girls race. She would also run a season best with a time of 3:11. Taylor Giger would again just finish outside the medal round taking 14th in a time of 2:36. Teammate Caleia Johnson, participating in her 3rd Junior Olympics would finish 40th running a 2:46. On the boys side, Donovan Boyd would run a 2:41, good enough for a finish in the 51st position. Noah Slone, competing at 12 year old division would finish 55th.
Kolby Heinerikson would compete in his 4th event of the games, taking part in the shot put. He would finish 19th, throwing a distance of 33 feet, 1 inch. To conclude the day, the 11-12 year old girls 4x4 relay team consisting of Maya Jones, Kailey Wallace, Kayla Thomas, and Caleia Johnson would run a season's best time of 5:00 to place 24th. Miles Pitts would make his games debut competing in the 14 year old boys javelin. He would finish 35th with a throw of 72 feet.
Day 6: Damon "Jr." Southall would start the day off in the 1500m run. He would place 49th out of 97 athletes in a time of 4:37. Kristen Birmingham would return to the track for the finals of the 80m Hurdles. She would earn her 3rd hurdle PR of the week going 14.46, good enough for 5th and her second medal of the games. In the field, Lauryn Birmingham and Kamree Davis would compete in the 9 year old turbo javelin. Birmingham would throw a season best of 38 feet 2 inches, good enough for 9th and just missing the medal stand. Davis would throw 29 feet 1 inch to place 18th, putting two athletes in the top 20. L. Birmingham would then compete in the Long Jump and earn another PR of 10 feet 7 inches.
Day 7: The day would begin with the 11-12 year old 4x800m relay team of Kailey Wallace, Kayla Thomas, Jordan Cousins-Fee, and Caleia Johnson. The team would run a team best of 12:03 to place 13th. The 9-10 year old girls 4x100m relay team of Londyn Cage, Ella Nelson, Aumunique Johnson, and Aaliyah Carter would take the track. They would run a season best time of 1:02.28 and finish 19th in the nation. On the field side, Riley Wells and Kenadee Davis would compete in the 8u girls Turbo Javelin. Wells would again PR tossing to a distance of 26 feet 1 inch and a 25th place finish. Davis would get it to 21-11 and a 33rd place finish. Diashonae Dixon would compete in her first Olympic Games in her first season. She would place 17th in the 14 year old girls javelin with a best throw of 56 feet 8 inches. Kristen Birmingham would earn her 3rd medal of the games in the 11 year old girls High Jump. She would just miss tying the national record at 5 feet. She would finish with the silver, jumping a personal best of 4 feet 10 inches.
Day 8: The final day would have two athletes. Damon Southall would take part in the 3000m run. He would run it in a time of 10 minutes, 24 seconds. Tyler Heinerikson would compete in the 10 year old boys turbo javelin. He would just miss the medal stand, placing 11th.
AAU Junior Olypmics Participants
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
Carly Wells: 3000m, 4x800m Relay Alternate
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
Aaliyah Carter: Triathlon, 4x100m
Ella Nelson: 4x100m
Kayla Thomas: 4x400m, 4x800m
Maya Jones: 4x400m, 400m
Tyler Heinerikson: 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
Miles Pitts: Javelin