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NEW YORK -- Kafesha Thomas, a Wilton High School Junior, ran 26.73 seconds in the 200-meter finals of the Colgate Womens Games on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
In a hard-fought race that came down to hundredths of a second, Thomas finished second in her heat and fourth overall to Jalilisa Marcus for Bishop Laughlin High School, Brooklyn by .05 in the finals of the 200 meters.
She competed over a six-week period, beginning in December and accumulated enough points to place fifth overall in the Colgate series and only two points out of fourth.
This is the second consecutive top five finish for Thomas at the games as she finished fourth in the 55M last year.
Thomas' heat in the 200M was the closest competition of the meet and had the MSG fans on their feet as the two athletes came down the stretch to the finish line.
She knew it would take a near perfect performance to score high and Kafesha went out and did it right, said Connecticut Elite Coach Kevin Foley. She was a bit disappointed that she was nipped at the line but that's Kafesha always looking to be just a little bit better.
Everyone at the Garden knew they had seen one of the best contests of the day and according the DyeStat.com website they were right.
At this point in the season, her time sits at No. 1 in Connecticut, according to the site that catalogs high school track and field performances from across the nation.
Thomas has a lot in store for her over the next few weeks as she has already qualified for 60M at the New Balance Indoor Nationals to be held at the Armory in NYC in March.
In addition, she will be defending her 55 and 200M crown at the Long Island Indoor Championships on Sunday, Feb. 6 and will be looking to qualify, along with several of her teammates, for the USATF Indoor Nationals at the Eastern Zonal Championships in Toms River, NJ on Feb. 27.