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It’s Track Time: Colgate Games finals set to take off

| smosco@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of the Colgate Women’s Games

The wait is over.

After weeks of training and preliminaries, the finale of the Colgate Women’s Games is at hand, as the nation’s top talent will gather at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, January 28 at 10 a.m. to compete for glory.

From an initial field of more than 10,000 girls and young women, 210 of the best athletes have persevered through four preliminary meets and a semi-final at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn to earn spots at the finals of the 38th annual Games. The girls come from every age/grade division, with returning champions standing side-by-side with local newcomers — all sharing the spotlight and the adulation of family, friends and fans.

Two notable students to keep an eye on during the finals come from Queens. In the High School division, returning freshman Sandreeka Bancroft of Cardozo High School, who holds the mid school record in the 55-meter hurdles, crossed the tape in 8.25 on Saturday. Teammate Latisha Philson, a senior at Cardozo and the high school 55-meter hurdles record holder, chose the 55-meter dash this year and also finished undefeated after her 7.21 performance at the semis.

Meet director Fred Thompson said the number of returning champions and promising newcomers that finished in first place this season are nearly perfectly balanced.

“This is a great sign that the sport is alive and well, and that our meets are still attracting top talent with performances that remain the national benchmarks to beat,” he said. “The Madison Square Garden finals will spotlight some of the nation’s best athletes from every division.”

Thompson also thanked the parents and coaches of all the participants for their support. Each week, parents made the trek to Pratt Institute to give their girls a shot in the Games — and for this, Thompson is extremely grateful.

“Every parent and coach that supported their kids by bringing them to Brooklyn each week, including hundreds that travelled great distances, should know that they’ve made an outstanding contribution to these kids that will have a positive impact throughout their lives,” he said.

Be there when the champions are crowned. The competition kicks off at 10 a.m. The Big Apple Circus will provide entertainment during the intermission/track reconfiguration at approximately 1 p.m.

Stars head to Colgate Games

| smosco@queenscourier.com

Photos Courtesy of Colgate Games

The final preliminary meet of the nation’s largest track series, the Colgate Women’s Games, featured some of the East Coast’s best athletic talent, as competitors of all ages set the national pace with fast times and excellent performances.

A pair of teammates from Queens stood out at the January 14 meet at the Pratt institute in Brooklyn, as Sandreeka Bancroft, a former mid-school record breaker, returning as a freshman at Cardozo High School in Queens, stayed undefeated in the 55 meter hurdles, after her series-best performance, (8.1). Teammate Latisha Philson, a senior at Cardozo also made it a perfect series after matching her best in the 55-meter dash, (6.9).

Athletic success extended to the city’s other boroughs as well, with Brooklyn’s Sandrae Farquharson from Medgar Evers College Prep, winning the 200 meters in 24.8 and the 400 meters in 56.3 in the high school division – both scores were her best times this year.

The Bronx was represented as well, with Egypt Parker, of the Learning Tree, leading throughout the series in the shot put, tossing 9.85 meters. Brianna Brown of P.S. 6X in the Bronx, one of the youngest participants, scored double wins throughout the series in the 55-meter dash and 200 meters. Also in the College/Open division Tara DiLuca of the Bronx, won her fourth 55 meter hurdles race, in 8.3.

Meet director Fred Thompson said that the Games are among the nation’s most competitive meets, but the true benefits go beyond athletic excellence.

“Thousands of girls each year have a great time learning how to compete, and will draw on these skills throughout their lives,” he said. “They’ll learn how to work hard and challenge themselves, discovering how fast and how far they can go. It’s not just about those who become national champions or even Olympians, it’s more about the countless young people whose lives have been positively influenced by this experience.”

From an initial field of more than 11,000, some 430 top point scorers will compete in the semi-finals at Pratt to determine who will face each other at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, January 28, 2012, where trophies and educational grants-in-aid from Colgate-Palmolive Company are awarded to top place finishers in each age/grade division.

Coaches, recruiters, athletes and fans can follow scores each week at Colgategames.com. Tickets to the Colgate Women’s Games Finals are free. To order tickets, please visit www.colgategames.com, the MSG box office or www.ticketmaster.com.