Nation’s Best High School Hurdlers Continue to Push Fast Pace at Colgate Women’s Games Second Preliminary Meet

  Nation’s Best High School Hurdlers Continue to Push Fast Pace at Colgate
  Women’s Games Second Preliminary Meet

             Youngest Competitors Continue to Improve and Impress

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- January 7, 2013

Some of the nation’s besthigh school hurdlersfaced off against each other
onFriday, the start of the second preliminary meet of the 39thannualColgate
Women’s Games. All-Star PSAL hurdles record-holder Brigitte Pewu of Curtis
High School in Staten Island ran 8.1 this week, just ahead of Junior Olympic
champion Sandreeka Bancroft, the Colgate Women's Games’ 2011 mid school
record-holder from Cardozo High School in Queens, who ran 8.2. The outstanding
competition helps both champions, as they each shaved .2 off last week’s
times. Lauren Lyons of Spellman High School in the Bronx continues undefeated
in the 55 meters (7.2), and 200 meters (25.4); and Egypt Parker of Preston
High School in the Bronx, last year’s “Most Promising Newcomer” trophy winner
andColgate Women's Games’ mid-school record holder reclaimed the lead
fromKeziann Jones of Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn by tossing 11.07m
to Jones’ 10.94m.

In theMid School division on Saturday, 13-year-old Gabrielle Wilkinson of
Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, PA continued undefeated with another
double win in the 800 meters and 1500 meters, this week improving to 2:20:07
and 4:53:00 respectively.

In the College / Open Division on Sunday, Treasure Glymph of the Bronx, a
Junior Olympic high jump and long jump champion, and Colgate Women's Games
high school hurdles finalist last year, returns as a freshman from Buffalo
State College this season to win the 55 meter hurdles in 8.5, an improvement
over last week’s 8.7 win. Veteran Colgate Women's Games' champion Amber
Williams of Parsippany, NJ who had a perfect season last year, continues
undefeated. Williams took the 200 meters in 25.2, and 400 meters in 58.0.

Meet Director Fred Thompson says this year’s youngest competitors are sharing
the spotlight with veteran champions. “We’re seeing elementary school girls
running like experienced athletes, and this is very promising because it tells
us there are great teachers, coaches and parents taking the time to work with
their youngest kids. The results are obvious on the track, but more
importantly, their physical and mental commitment will have a positive benefit
throughout their lives.”

Also onSunday in the Elementary A division,newcomer Jada Mora of PS 347 in
Manhattan won the hurdles in 11.9, improving her time from last week’s first
place win in 12.2; Jamilah Jackson of PS 815 in Brooklyn also improved and won
the 800 meters in 2:57.9; Sabrina Imes of Shipley Elementary School in Bryn
Mawr, PA remains undefeated with wins in the 200 meters 31.3, and 400 75.7,
both times are more than two seconds faster than her wins last week.

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.

Two more preliminary meets and a semi-finals at Pratt Institute will
determinetop point scorers who will advance to the Finals to compete for
trophies and educational grants-in-aid fromColgate-Palmolive Company. This
year’s finals will be held at the  New Balance Track and Field Centerat the
Armory in New York City on February 23, 2013.

The 39th annual Colgate Women’s Games are the nation’s largest amateur track
and field series for girls and young women,and have produced more than 20
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


Colgate Women’s Games
David Forman, 973-477-7489
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