2011-01-21 / Sports

NY Novas Take Part In Colgate Women’s Games


Amelia Prince (left) and Jacqueline Saunders competed for the NY Novas. Amelia Prince (left) and Jacqueline Saunders competed for the NY Novas. The girls from the NY Novas Track and Field Club Rockaway Team participated recently in the Colgate Women’s Games 2011.

The Colgate Women’s Games is the nation’s largest amateur track series open to all girls from elementary school through college. Held at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, competitors participate in preliminary meets and semi-finals over five weekends throughout January.

Finalists compete for trophies and educational grants-in-aid from Colgate Palmolive Company at New York’s Madison Square Garden in February.

The fourth week of this event on Saturday, January 15, Jacqueline Saunders raced in Mid-School Division of 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash. She sprinted to the finish line in the intense battle with another runner, and reached the finish line in second place with her time of 1:11.93.

Amelia Prince competed in the 200- meter dash and 400-meter dash in College Division. Amelia is a new athlete in Novas, yet, she is very eager to win. She finished her 200-meter race with the time of 30.56 and came in second place in her heat. Mitsuko Washington, Novas assistant coach, ran the 1500-meter in the 30s plus age division with her time of 6:32.9, coming in at 10th place. She will be competing in the semifinals on January 22.

On Sunday, January 16, Novas young runners, Ledgm Washington, Jade Smith, Keeaira Saunders and Victoria Prince took part in the Elementary A (First to Third Grade) Division. All the girls raced in the 55- meter dash. Washington finished her race with her time of 10.73 and came in second place in her heat. Smith finished with a time of 9.36 and came in second place. Saunders finished the race in first place in her heat with 10.53. Smith and Saunders also competed in the 200-meter dash with 40.66 (Jade Smith) and 43.33 (Keeaira Saunders)

Throughout the past four weeks of competition, the NY Novas girls developed a strong sense of personal achievement and self-esteem. They all seemed to become a little tougher, committed and absolutely ready for more challenges.

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