Armory Track, NYC, February 1, 2020 …From an initial field of thousands, some 230 girls and young women from all over the East Coast, persevered through four preliminaries and a semi finals at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, to earn a place in the finals at The Armory Track in New York City. The Colgate Women’s Games have helped young athletes since 1973 reach their full athletic and academic potential. To date the Colgate Games have produced an astounding 26 Olympians, Hall of Fame athletes, hundreds of national champions from every age/grade division, and countless changed lives.
Meet Director Cheryl Toussaint said, “The Colgate Women’s Games provide girls and young women a means to develop self-esteem and a sense of personal achievement through competitive participation in track and field in a friendly, supportive environment. From thousands of first-timers who might not otherwise participate in an organized sport, to hundreds who have developed into the nation’s top talent.”
Saturday’s finals of the 46th annual Colgate Women’s Games featured some of the East Coast’s best athletes achieving their own new personal records. Among these 230 finalists, special awards were presented for outstanding talent:
- The “Outstanding Competitor at the Finals” trophy was awarded to Brianna White from Brooklyn, NY who ran the High School 200 meters in 24.93
- The “Most Improved Competitor” trophy was awarded to Anissa Moore of Brooklyn, NY who set a personal record in the High School 400 meters, 56.66.
- The “Most Promising Newcomer” trophy was awarded to Maya Dorer from Brooklyn, NY who set a personal record in the High School 1500 meters, 4:46.12.
- The "Outstanding Competitor at the Preliminaries and Semi Finals” was awarded to Alanna Woolfolk of Clayton, NJ, who cleared 5’6” in the Mid School high jump.
Alanna Woolfolkk clears 5'6" at the third preliminary Meet at Pratt Institute Brooklyn, just 1/2" shy of the Mid School record.
400 meter-hurdles world record-holder Dalilah Muhammad returns to the Colgate Games Dalilah Muhammad, who began participating in the Colgate Women’s Games as an Elementary A competitor, presented trophies and special awards on Saturday.
Muhammad, who the USATF named the 2019 World Athlete of the Year, has since won gold medals at the Olympic Summer Games in Rio, and the World Championships in Doha, holds a world-record in the 400 meter hurdles (52.16).
World Champion Dalilah Muhhamad presents Alanna Woolfolk of Clayton, NJ, the Outstanding Competitor at the Preliminaries and Semi-Finals award.
Meet Director Cheryl Toussaint shared about Dalilah’s rise as a Colgate Women’s Games participant since grade school. “Dalilah’s success is one of so many inspirational stories among our competitors. She began in our Elementary A division, trying different races and challenging herself to improve each week and each year, until she found her stride.” Muhammad thanked Colgate Palmolive company for providing the means of challenging herself throughout her years competing in the Colgate Women's Games.
“Dalilah’s rise from gifted athlete to the very best in the world is a wonderful example of personal achievement through commitment and hard work. Her humility, grace and determination to be the best, is an inspiration to us all." Toussaint said.
Complete results for all divisions of the Finals are available at colgategames.com. Participation in the Colgate Women’s Games is completely free. Girls and young women compete within their own age/grade divisions for ribbons, medals and points. Events include 55 meters, 55-meter hurdles, 200 meters, 400 Meters, 800 meters, 1500 meters, high jump and shot put. Top point scorers advance to the Finals where they compete for trophies and educational grants-in-aid from Colgate-Palmolive Company.
The 47th annual Colgate Women's Games will resume next season with four preliminary meets and semi- finals at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and finals at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory NYC. Hopeful young track stars, parents and coaches can find information about the program and a complete schedule by November, 2020 at colgategames.com. Follow us on Instagram @