Trio of Mount Clemens siblings compete in Junior Olympics

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published August 23, 2021

 The Peterson sisters of Mount Clemens, from left, Trinity, Tamerah and Teah, each participated in the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Humble, Texas earlier this month.

The Peterson sisters of Mount Clemens, from left, Trinity, Tamerah and Teah, each participated in the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Humble, Texas earlier this month.

Photo provided by Rebecca Peterson

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MOUNT CLEMENS — Teah Peterson called competing alongside her two sisters earlier this month at the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Humble, Texas, near Houston, a heartwarming experience.

Rebecca Peterson’s three daughters – Teah, Tamerah and Trinity – qualified for the games, which were held July 31 to Aug. 8 at the Wayne C. Robbins Field House.  

Teah Peterson, 18, qualified in shot put, discus and javelin. Tamerah Peterson, 14, competed in the 400-meter hurdles, while 9-year-old Trinity Peterson qualified in javelin.

“They have to compete in several track meets and have regional qualifiers,” Rebecca Peterson said. “If they qualify, they are invited to compete in the Junior Olympics.”

The Petersons reside in Mount Clemens, and their track club, 16Ways, practices at Mount Clemens High School.

16Ways Foundation is a nonprofit organization. Its website states it is dedicated to encouraging young people to be the best they can be through education, physical activity and mentorship.

“It’s a proud mom moment for sure,” Rebecca Peterson said. “Seeing them work so hard and having the opportunity to participate in this awesome event in Texas, it’s very prestigious.”

She said it was awesome that all three girls went in the same year.

“It’s great for any kid to participate in sports because they get to learn how to be leaders and work as a team,” Rebecca Peterson said. “They can see what it takes to be successful, and they can also have fun.”

In javelin, Trinity Peterson came in 12th place with a top throw of about 52 feet.

In the preliminaries of the girls 400-meter hurdles, Tamerah Peterson ran a time of 1:17.81, finishing in 67th place.

In shot put for her age group, Teah had a throw of nearly 23 feet. She recorded a 1-08.25 in discus and a season best in javelin, at about 63 feet.        

Teah is going into her second year at Michigan State University.

This was the third time she competed in the Junior Olympics.

“We practice all summer, and every weekend, we have meets,” she said. “In July, we have regional and district meets. We had to go through those meets to make it.”

Teah mentioned that much work goes into training.

“You’re going against everyone in the country,” she said. “Just to make it in your state is a big deal.”

She enjoyed having her two sisters also involved in the games.

“We all come from the same family and just being able to go to Houston and compete with each other was so fun,” Teah said. “I was so happy we all made it.”  

Heading into the games, Teah wasn’t necessarily hoping to be at the top of her age group due to a heavy summer workload.

“I wanted to go in, have fun and maybe get some new personal records,” she said.

The most enjoyable part of the games for Teah was interacting with those she competed with.

“They are all from different states, and we get to see our different perspectives and training opportunities that we’ve had,” she said.

Teah said she would love to join the track team at MSU, but if not, she said she would like to join a club team at the university.

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