Rockaway Athletes Compete In Games
Seven ladies from the NY Novas Track and Field Club Rockaway team competed in Colgate Women’s Games. Novas have been conducting their indoor practice at Far Rockaway Educational Campus since the beginning of this month and this is their first track meet of this season.
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.
On Friday, December 16, Jacqueline Saunders (14) raced 200-meter and 400- meter dashes in the High School Division. She came in first in the 200-meter dash and third in the 400-meter dash. On the next day, Saturday, December 17, in Mid-School Division, sixthgraders, Tanya Saunders (11) and Emani Guy (11), both competed in 55- meter and 200-meter dashes with the great spurts. Novas’ assistant coach, Mitsuko Washington (43), also competed in 30’s-Plus Division with the 1500-meter run. On Sunday, December 18, Elementary Division A (1st through 3rd grades), and B (4th and 5th grade) was held at the same location. Secondgrader, Ledgm Washington (7), raced in the 55-meter dash; two 5th-graders, Iyana Lee (10) and Areanna Clark (10), both competed in the 55-meter and 200- meter dashes. Their next Colgate Games will be on December 29 for High School Division, December 30 for Mid- School/30’s Plus Division, and December 31 for Elementary Division at Pratt Institute of Brooklyn.