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Posted: January 26, 2009  :

Athletics: Amber Allen Upsets Nijgia Snapp In Photo Finish At Colgate Women's Games Semi-Finals

240 Top Athletes From Original Field of 11,000 Head to 35th Anniversary Madison Square Garden Finals

(Jan. 24) Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY - Wayne NJ's Amber Allen, a student at Passaic County tech, upset Nijgia Snapp of Oak Crest High School in Mays Landing, NJ in a close 400 Meters event at the Colgate Women's Games Semi-Finals on Saturday. Allen beat the favored Snapp in a photo-finish 56.96 to 57.14. Allen had trailed Snapp in all four weeks of preliminaries, coming in a close second all season.

Both athletes will join top point scorers from six age/grade divisions, at the Colgate Women's Games Finals, at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, January 31st at 11:00 AM. Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, the event has, according to meet officials, produced 22 Olympians, 100's of age/grade national champions and countless changed lives.

In other high school events on Saturday, Whitney Fountain of the Bronx, and Chamique Francis of Queens ran a tight 200 Meters, with Fountain taking first place in 24.91 and Francis coming in second in 25.24 seconds. Ajee Wilson of Neptune, NJ and Elizabeth Briasco of Queens, NY came in first and second, respectively in the 1500 Meters. Wilson finished in 4:52.56, with Briasco right behind her in 4:53.66.

The Brooklyn mother-daughter duo of Melissa and Jasmine Douglas both advanced to the Finals. Melissa will run in the 30+ division's 1500 Meters, while daughter Jasmine, a student at PS 181, has dominated the Elementary A 55 Meters all season, taking first again at the Semi-Finals in a time of 8.68.

The Colgate Women's Games attract more than 11,000 participants each year, traveling from as far as Virginia and Boston. Although the largest contingent come from the NY metro area, hundreds of girls and young women of all ages travel every weekend all the way from Philadelphia to compete within their own age/grade division: Elementary School A, Elementary School B, Middle School, High School, College and 30's Plus.

The Games have produced 22 former Olympians, hundreds of age/grade division national champions and countless changed lives. Finalists compete for educational grant-in-aid from Colgate Palmolive Company. All must submit an essay and school age participants must submit acceptable attendance records.

Press is asked to support this important youth-empowering event by attending the Madison Square Garden finals or reporting results.


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