5th Jan 2016

Brooklyn Girls Lead Five of Eight Events 

Massachusetts Mid School Hurdler 
Travels 212 Miles to win 55 Meter Hurdles In 8.36 Seconds

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (12/31,1/2-3).... Seasoned High School champions and hundreds of newcomers celebrated New Year’s Eve competing in the second preliminary meet of the 42nd annual Colgate Women’s Games Thursday evening.


Once again student athletes from Brooklyn’s Paul Robeson’s recent PSAL champion relay team took first place in three different events. Alyssa Sandy won the 55 Meter-hurdles in 8.03; Latoya Stewart placed first in the 200 Meters in 25.97 and Amanda Crawford took first in the 400 Meters in 58.9.  Tori Johnson, who set a new school record for Brooklyn Tech Tori Johnson 400 Meter Record 2015 during the outdoor season in the 400 meters in 2015, won the 800 meters in 2:22.8; and High Jump champion My’Khiyah Williams of Boys and Girls HS cleared 5’2” to make it five Brooklyn first place winners.


Returning High School Champion Iantha Wright of St John’s Prep, Queens, won the 55 meters in 7.18; and Egypt Parker of St. Catherine’s School of the Bronx, tossed the shot put 13.41 for the win.


In Saturday’s Mid School competition, Brianna Brown of Bronx Latin Middle School, scored another double win, by placing first in the 55 meters in 7.20, and won the 200 meters with her personal best sore in the last two seasons crossing the tape in 26:01.


Anjolie Mathew of Lincoln Middle School in Brookline, MA travelled more than 200 miles to run 55 meters, winning the hurdles race In 8:36; Lauryn Heskin of Floral Park Memorial, won the 1500 meters in 4:48.25; and clocked in second (2:19:4) in the 800 meters in a photo finish after Victoria Vanrielle of Columbia Middle School in Berkeley Heights, NJ (2:19.4).


Meet Director Cheryl Toussaint said the second preliminary meet saw improved performances in every grade division enjoyed by packed houses throughout the holiday weekend. “We’re so pleased that thousands of extended families chose to bring in the New Year cheering on their girls, enjoying themselves and making new friends.”


In total, four preliminary meets and a semi-finals at Pratt determine finalists who will compete at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory, New YorFinals on Saturday, February 13, 2016, where trophies and educational grants-in-aid from Colgate-Palmolive Company are awarded to top place finishers in each grade division.


The Colgate Women’s Games have produced more than twenty Olympians, hundreds of age/grade 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 Colgategames.com.