WILTON, Conn. Wilton's Brynn Parsons and Kafesha Thomas saved the best for last in the Colgate Women's Games series by finishing third and fifth respectively in the 55-meter final at Madison Square Garden last Saturday.
Running for the Wilton-based Connecticut Elite Track and Field Club, Parsons finished third in a time of 7.33. Thomas finished fifth in a time of 7.42, just missing the fourth spot by .02 to Brittany Okon of New York. Lateisha Philson won the final in 7.01. She is ranked third in the nation at the distance.
The Colgate Women's Games attract athletes from Maryland to Massachusetts and are the longest running all-women track and field event in the United States.
Thomas and Parsons traveled to Brooklyn every Friday evening for the last five weeks to compete against some of the best competition in the Northeast at the Pratt Institute.
Parsons' time of 7.33 in the final is the fastest time posted in the Connecticut in the 2012 indoor season, ranking her No. 1 in the state in the 55M and earning her a second team national elite designation by MileSplit, a national track and field ranking system. She is also tied for the ninth in New England. Thomas' time of 7.42 is the sixth best time in Connecticutand and anks her 23rd in New England.
Both athletes have qualified to participate in the New Balance Indoor National Championships to be held at the Armory in New York on March 9.
Parsons will run for Johns Hopkins University next year. Thomas has not yet picked a college.
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