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On Your Mark: Students to Sprint for Scholarships at Upcoming Colgate Women’s Track and Field Event

The Colgate Women’s Games, one of the longest-running amateur track and field series, is offering more than 100 scholarships prizes at this year's event.
Local students attend an initial registration event on March 25. (L to R) Anne Michel of Flatbush, Brooklyn, Kendall Pompy of Valley Stream and Mia Iglesias of Forest Hills.

More than 100 scholarships will be up for grabs at the 48th Colgate Women’s Games that kick off on April 16.

“This is a program that’s all about girls, all about empowering them through athletics, mentorship, coaching and education,” said Cheryl Toussaint, Colgate Women's Games meet director on Groovin’ Radio during a registration event that was held on March 25. Toussaint, from Bed-Stuy, is an Olympian silver-medalist. 

The Colgate Women's Games is one of the longest-running amateur track and field series. The competition is free and open to all active female students attending grades one through college.

The event will see students compete in any two events for their division at each preliminary meet. Events include: 

  • 100-meter dash
  • 200-meter dash
  • 400-meter dash
  • 80-meter hurdles
  • 100-meter hurdles
  • 800-meter run
  • 1,500-meter run
  • High jump
  • Shot put

More than 100 scholarships will be awarded to the winners of the various divisions and events. 

“My goal is to get a scholarship, so I can keep competing while I study,” said 13-year-old D’Njah Tatum of the Fisher Middle School in Ewing Township, New Jersey. This is Tatum’s second Colgate Women’s Games.

An initial registration event was held on March 25, which saw more than 1,100 athletes, parents and coaches attend. Anne Michel, an athlete from Brooklyn’s Abraham Lincoln High School, was one of the first in line to register in the High School division.

A sprinter, Michel plans to compete in the 100-meter dash and make her hometown of Flatbush proud. She hopes to continue running her whole life and dreams of attending Harvard University to become a neurosurgeon.

One more registration event will be held on April 12 from 3:30pm-7:30pm at the ShopRite supermarket located at 865 W. Grand St., in Elizabeth, New Jersey. 

Interested parties are also able to register anytime online. 

The games will officially begin on April 16, at Queens College in New York City with preliminary meets, which will also be held on April 23. The event’s semi-finals will be held on April 30 at Queens College Track Field in Queens. The finals will be held at New York City’s Icahn Stadium at Randall’s Island Park. 

For more information or to register, click here