News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. May 8, 2023: A Caribbean and a Latin American heritage athlete this past weekend claimed gold in the 48th Annual Colgate Women’s Games, which were held on May 7th at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island in New York.
Kunusasha Medas-King, a young athlete of Guyanese descent, won the CWG’s Elementary B 800-meter run, which is a testament to her success as a distance runner. She is a Colgate Games veteran and has been nationally ranked for her best performances, thanks to the coaching of her father, Guyana-born Andy Medas-King.
Prizila Negrete, a high school scholar and athlete of Honduran roots at The Ursuline School in New Rochelle, N.Y., won the shot put event at the games, and was a top point scorer in the CWG’s HS Shot Put after the Semi-Finals. She holds dual citizenship in both the U.S. and Honduras, and because of this, she will be competing with the Honduran National team this year. “I trained with them last summer when I went to Honduras. And the first meet that I’m scheduled to compete for Honduras is the Central American Games in Guatemala, Under 18 age group, in June,” she said. Upon graduation from high school, she will be attending Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, with help from an athletic scholarship.
Nearly 300 of the nation’s top young female track and field athletes, and future stars, from the U.S. East Coast competed in the finals. Following three weeks of exciting preliminary and semi-finals competition at Queens College, the top eight runners, high jumpers, and shot putters in each category competed for trophies and more than 100 educational scholarships from the sponsoring Colgate-Palmolive Company. Scholarship values doubled this year to $2,000, $1,000, and $500, respectively.
In addition to thrilling competition, this year’s Colgate Women’s Games finals featured a marching band, special award presentations, and complimentary Colgate-Palmolive health and hygiene products for guests, while quantities last. Finalists also received complimentary refreshments from event supporter, ShopRite.
Colgate-Palmolive has been the title sponsor of Colgate Women’s Games for nearly 50 years, supporting the program since its founding in 1974 by legendary Brooklyn track coach, the late Fred Thompson. Attendance was free, but tickets were required to attend the finals. The event started at 10 a.m. and concluded at 3 p.m.