Lem Peterkin

Brooklyn’s Adilia Trim breaks Elementary B Division 400 meters record at the nation’s largest track and field series for women at the Armory Track, NYC, Feb. 10 2018. Adilia Trim, a 5th-grader at PS 288 in Brooklyn ran 59.76 in the Elementary B 400 meters at the finals of the 44th Annual Colgate Women’s Games, breaking a record of 59.80 set by Neffertittii Cooper of Philadelphia in 1991.

Meet Director Cheryl Toussaint said, Adillia was already considered among the most promising newcomers, when she surprised event leader Brianna Lindo of Queens, passing her on the final turn, pulling ahead to break the 27-year-old record.

“Adilia and a number of athletes achieved some of the best scores in the nation today, which is especially fitting on the opening weekend of the 2018 Olympics. To date 26 athletes who have participated and gained experience at the Colgate Women’s Games have become Olympians, said Toussaint.

Among the 230 finalists, special awards were presented for outstanding talent:

The “Outstanding Competitor at the Finals” trophy was awarded to Dominique Jackson, Bronx, NY

The “Most Improved Competitor” trophy was awarded to Rainn Sheppard, Brooklyn

The “Most Promising Newcomer” trophy was awarded to Adilia Trim, Brooklyn

The “Outstanding Competitor at the Preliminaries and Semi Finals” trophy was awarded to Avery Lewis, West Chester, PA

Complete results for all divisions of the finals are available at Participation in the Colgate Women’s Games is completely free. Girls and young women compete within their own age/grade divisions for ribbons, medals and points. Events include 55 meters, 55-meter hurdles, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, 1500 meters, high jump and shot put. Top point scorers advance to the finals where they compete for trophies and educational grants-in-aid from Colgate-Palmolive Company.

The 45th Annual Colgate Women’s Games will resume next season with four preliminary meets and semi-finals at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and finals at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory NYC. Hopeful young track stars, parents and coaches can find information about the program, and a complete schedule by November, 2018.

Damira Allen wins the 800-meter race in the Elementary Division.
Photo by lem Peterkin

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