Bronx residents go for the gold in the 27th annual Empire State Games
(08/04/04) THE BRONX - The 27th annual Empire State Games were held during the weekend. Dozens of people from The Bronx went for the gold at New York State's version of the Olympics.
Many Bronx residents took home medals. In track and field, Saleena Rashed won the scholastic women's 100-meter high hurdles, and former Manhattan College star Lauren Primerano won the open women's pole vault. In volleyball, Joel Torres, Aaron Colon and Leuris Cruz helped the New York team win bronze. For a complete list of all the Bronx medalists, click here.
Meanwhile the Athens Olympics are set to begin in two weeks, and there are some people with ties to the Bronx who will compete overseas. Bobby Kingsbury from Fordham will play baseball for Greece, and Aliann Pompey will run track for her home country Guyana. Also, former Fordham women's basketball star Mobolaji Akiode will play basketball for her home country of Nigeria, and Bronx resident Taraje Williams-Murray will compete in men's judo in the 60-kilogram weight class.
Related Link:Results of the 2004 Empire State Summer Games