East Coast Top Track Stars Head to Finals of 45th Anniversary Colgate Women’s Games
John Alston of Brooklyn and Daryl Murphy of Philadelphia Both Honored as Coach of the Year
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BROOKLYN, N.Y., Jan. 22, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — From an initial field of thousands of girls and young women from all over the East Coast, some 226 top point-scorers in divisions from elementary school-through-college-and-beyond, have earned their way to the finals of the 45th Anniversary Colgate Women’s Games (Jan. 20, 2019 – Pratt Institute). Persevering through four preliminary meets and a semi-final, athletes in every age division have emerged as some of the country’s finest athletic talent, with many scoring their personal best of this indoor season at the nation’s largest track and field series for women.
Saturday’s semi-finals at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn saw fierce competition as top contenders in every division left it all on the track in their race to the finals.
In the Elementary B Division: In the 55 meters, sprint sensation and last year’s Colgate Women’s Games Finals’ champion Amirah Nesmith of St. Helena Incarnation of Philadelphia, had a perfect undefeated season after placing first in 7.92. In the 55-meter hurdles, Kiara Davis of Wilbur Elementary in Bear, DE also enjoyed an undefeated season, placing first in 9.90. Davis also set a division High Jump record this season when she cleared 4’9.25” at the third preliminary meet. In the 200 meters, Jayleciah Wilson of PS 121 in the Bronx won in 28.70. In the 400 meters, Julia Grant of Stroudsburg MS in PA, placed first with her fastest performance of the series; 1:02.26. In the 800 meters, last year’s undefeated finals’ champion Da’mira Allen of Chichester MS in Boothwyn, PA, returns to the finals in first place, after her win in 2:25.52. In the High Jump, Ebony Turner of Timothy Christian School in Piscataway, NJ cleared 4’4” for the win.
45th Anniversary Colgate Women’s Games’ “Coach of the Year” Award Winners (See photo caption, below.)
Meet Director Cheryl Toussaint thanked all of this year’s participants, coaches and parents, and reflected upon how the goals of the long-running, much celebrated series have remained true for 45 years. “The Colgate Women’s Games provides a healthy means for young people to challenge themselves in an atmosphere of friendly competition; empowering them with self-esteem that will last a lifetime,” she said.
“To all coaches, parents and friends, thank you for your commitment to get to Pratt through all types of weather, some from great distances throughout the series. Each of you makes a tremendous contribution toward a more positive future for those you encourage and support. We hope you have enjoyed every minute of your experience,” she said.
The Games’ goal is also about the importance of continued education. All finalists in grade divisions must submit their attendance records, and an essay to the meet director to be eligible to compete. The essay topic appears at https://www.colgategames.com/.
The Colgate Women’s Games boast more than 26 Olympic alumnae, hundreds of Junior Olympians and age-division national champions, and countless changed lives. Each year, high school participants are among the most heavily recruited athletes by colleges and universities across the nation. Coaches, recruiters, athletes and fans can follow scores each week at https://www.colgategames.com/.
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Caption: (L to R) John Alston of Club 44 in Brooklyn, Meet Director Cheryl Toussaint, and Darryl Murphy of the Mallery Challengers Track Club in Philadelphia. Alston and Murphy were both honored as “Coach of the Year” for their long-time support of women’s track and field and the Colgate Women’s Games.
The Colgate Women's Games is the nation's largest amateur track series open to all girls from elementary school through college and beyond. Competitors participate in preliminary meets and a semi-finals to determine finalists who will compete for trophies and educational grants-in-aid from Colgate-Palmolive Company.
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