Thousands of girls from all over the East Coast, including newcomers and returning track stars helped set a fast pace for an early opening to the indoor track season.
In the High School Division competition on Friday, 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 26.01 and Amanda Crawford took first in the 400 Meters in 58.21. Returning Shot Put champion, Egypt Parker of St. Catherine’s School of the Bronx, wowed the crowd with her opening week toss of 13.59.
In Saturday’s Mid School competition, Brianna Brown of Bronx Latin Middle School, scored a double win by placing first in the 55 meters in 7.20, and a 200 meters win in a very fast 26.06, matching her personal best of last year’s entire season.
Lauryn Heskin of Floral Park Memorial Middle School in Queens also scored double wins in distance races with an outstanding 800 meters performance, 2:20.48; and a 1500-meter win in 4:51.36.
Meet Director Cheryl Toussaint said some of the best times and performances from each division are especially impressive this early in the season, when many student athletes may be first experiencing high level talent or their first indoor meets.
“All three days of competition included a packed house of participants, family and fans, as we often see when our series begins around the holiday’s when thousands of extended families come together, enjoying themselves and making new friends,” said Toussaint.
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 York Finals on Saturday, February 13.
The Colgate Women’s Games have produced more than 20 Olympians. Each year, high school participants are among the most heavily recruited athletes by colleges and universities across the nation.