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Posted: January 19, 2009  :

Athletics: Colgate Women's Games Final Preliminary Meet Identifies 450 Semi-Finalists From Original Field Of More Than 11,000

Top Female Athletes from Tri-State and Beyond Will Compete for Spots in Madison Square Garden Finals!

(Jan. 16-18) Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY - After four weeks of preliminary events and an original field of more than 11,000, some 450 top female athletes will head to the Colgate Women's Games Semi-Finals here at Pratt next Saturday, January 24th.

The fourth and final preliminaries featured outstanding performances and tight competition. Lateisha Philson of Queens's Benjamin Cardoza High School, who has dominated the 55 Meters Hurdles event all four weeks, finished first on Friday in 8.0 seconds. Nijgia Snapp of Mays Landing, New Jersey's Oakcrest High School continued to impress this weekend, taking first in the 400 Meters with a time of 55.5 seconds. Amber Allen, of Wayne NJ's Passaic County Tech High School, finished close behind, taking second place in 55.9.

Brooklyn's own Adrienne Alexander, a student at Bishop Loughlin, threw 12.24 Meters to take this week's Shot Put event, while Colgate Games' veteran Whitney Fountain, easily scored first in both the 55 Meters (7.0) and the 200 Meters (24.9).

The Francis sisters of Queens ruled the 800 Meters with Phyllis finishing first in 2:13.3 and younger sister Claudia in second with a finish of 2:15.9. Phyllis Francis also won the High Jump competition, clearing 5'0", while Claudia Francis took first in the 1500 Meters in 4:45.8.

New Jersey Middle School student Njaire McKoy of Englewood Cliffs Upper School continued her streak of double wins. McKoy has won both the Shot Put and High Jump events for the last three weeks. On Saturday McKoy had competition from Philadelphia, PA's Tanise Edwards, who also cleared 4'10" to tie. In the shot put McKoy won with a throw of 9.17 Meters.

This weekend was the final of four preliminaries held at Pratt Institute's indoor track, leading up to a semi-finals event for top point scorers. The semi-finals determine who will compete for trophies and educational grants-in-aid from Colgate-Palmolive Company at Madison Square Garden, Saturday, January 31.

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

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