COLGATE WOMEN'S GAMES, JANUARY 30

Mon, 25 Jan. 2010 - 11:24 a.m. MT

NATION'S BEST FEMALE TRACK TALENT HEADS TO MADISON SQUARE GARDEN FINALS OF THE 36TH ANNUAL COLGATE WOMEN'S GAMES, SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2010

 

Semi-Finals Saw Fierce Competition Between Ladies from Age 5 to 65

 

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (January 23rd) - From an initial field of more than 11,000, some 450 girls and young women from elementary school through college and beyond, persevered through four preliminary meets at Pratt, in order to make Saturday's Colgate Women's Games Semi-Finals.  Aware that there are only 240 slots for next Saturday's Madison Square Garden Finals, the athletes-ranging in age from 5 to 65-brought their A games to the Pratt Institute's indoor track.

 

In a stunning upset, Joanne Imbert of Valley Stream Central High School cleared 5'8" to steal the high school high jump competition from Catherine McAuley's Phyllis Francis, who cleared 5'6".  Another Long Island athlete, Olicia Williams of South Huntington, impressed Games officials by taking the high school 400 Meters in 57.15 seconds. 

 

Meanwhile, Brooklyn's Adrienne Alexander of Bishop Loughlin out-threw Teaneck's Apresha Hampton in the high school shot put competition, throwing 12.92 Meters in answer to Apresha's 12.33.  Fellow Bishop Loughlin student, Kali Kendall won the 1500 Meters in 4:44.71 seconds, while Benjamin Cardozo's Claudia Francis took the Games' other distance run, the 800 Meters, in a time of 2:14.13.

 

Whitney Fountain of the Bronx's Pelham Prep Academy finished the 200 Meters clear ahead of her competition, with a time of 25.17 seconds. 

 

In other sprint news, Chamique Francis of Queens won this week's 55 Meters in 7.18 seconds and fellow Cardozo student Lateisha Philson took the 55 Meters Hurdles with a performance of 8.23.  All of this weekend's first place athletes advance to the Finals.

 

Saturday's elementary school performances were also outstanding.  Elementary B 400 Meters runner Sharyl Reaves secured her place at next week's Finals.  Along with her mother, Sharyl flew from Valencia, California for the third time in the last month, just to compete at the Colgate Women's Games.

 

This semi-finals determined who will compete for trophies and educational grants-in-aid from the Colgate-Palmolive Company at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, January 30th.

 

The Colgate Women's Games attract more than 11,000 participants each year who compete within their own age/grade divisions: Elementary A, Elementary B, Middle School, High School, College/Open and 30's Plus. 

The Games have produced 22 former Olympians and hundreds of age/grade division national champions. Coaches, college recruiters, participants, family and friends can follow scores and results each week at colgategames.com.

 

Pictures are available at:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/74215313@N00/

 

Media Contacts and Madison Square Garden Press Credentials:

 

Eva Dilmanian, eva@buzzwordpr.com, 646.654.9324

David Forman, Colgategames@aol.com, 212.736.0564


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