YOUNG STARS SHINE BRIGHTEST AT 41ST ANNUAL COLGATE WOMEN'S GAMES - Nine Year-old Avery Lewis of Parkesburg, PA may be the nation's fastest third grader. On her birthday (12/21), she broke her own record in the 55 meters (7.8), the fastest time in the Games' 40 year history!
Capacity crowds saw Brooklyn’s My'khiyah Williams clear the high Jump bar at 5’6”, tying a Mid School record set in 2002 by Alexandria Coppadge. Williams also holds the Elementary B High Jump record, which she set in 2012 with a jump of 4’9” -- And on Sunday, meet officials confirmed Avery Lewis of Chester, PA broke the Elementary A 55 meters record during the first preliminary when she crossed the tape in 7.8. Lewis, arguably the nation’s fastest nine year-old, broke her own record on her birthday December 21st, besting the record of 8.0 she set last season when she was likely the nation’s fastest 8 year-old! Lewis also won the 200 meters in 29.1, just a quarter of a second off another long held record.
The nation’s largest track and field series for women boasts four decades of champion athletes of all ages -- setting records that become benchmarks for all other indoor track competitions. Meet Director Cheryl Toussant said, “When our youngest stars are breaking records that represent the very best of nearly a half million participants over forty years, it’s a sign that track and field as a sport is still alive and well in 2015.
This is great news, because the benefits of track and field to girls and women extend far beyond the sport to include health, academic success and increased self-esteem for any one who desires to participate, especially here at the Colgate Women’s Games, where participation is still completely free."
Two more preliminary meets and a semi-finals at Pratt will determine finalists who will compete at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory in New York City on Saturday, February 7 where trophies and educational grants-in-aid from Colgate-Palmolive Company are awarded to top place-finishers in each age/grade division.
The Colgate Women’s Games have produced several 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.
THIS MID SCHOOL HIGH JUMP CHAMPION CAN PROBABLY JUMP OVER YOUR HEAD! Brooklyn’s My'khiyah Williams cleared the high Jump bar at 5’6 during the second preliminary meet of the 41st Annual Colgate Women's Games, tying the Mid School record. Williams also holds the Elementary B record (4'9") set in 2012