The weekend saw a lot of action packed, incredible performances from Ghanaian track & field athletes in various meets and competitions. These performances birthed Personal Best (PB) and Season Best (SB) times, as well as national and facility records. These performance provides an indication that there is more room for improvement.
Joseph Paul Amoah, an Olympian had an historic weekend at the Bruce Lehane Scarlet and White Invite in the 200 meters to smash his own national indoor record with a blazing time of 20.57 seconds.
The previous record was 20.75 seconds. Amoah is currently ranked number one in Africa in the indoor 200-meter, and 5th in the world. Amoah completed a successful National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) career in 2021 with Coppin State University.
Benjamin Azamati of West Texas A&M University, also an Olympian, and holder of the Ghanaian 100-meter record with a time of 9.97 seconds, impressed in the 60 meters at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic. Azamati broke his personal, school and Lone Star Conference record and ties the NCAA Division II all-time 60 meter record with a time of 6.54, in the final to win the event. Azamati is currently ranked number 1 in Africa and 7th in the world.
Joseph Manu of Coppin State University and an Olympian won the 60-meter dash at the 59th East Coast Invitational, with an impressive time of 6.66 seconds in the final to win the event. Manu’s time broke the facility record which previously stood at 6.83 seconds.
Jacqueline Pokuaah of Akron University put out a strong campaign in four events over the weekend. At the University of Akron invitational, Pokuaah competed in the 60-meter dash, where she made a PB of 7.20 seconds. In her 60-meter hurdles, Pokuaah made a SB time of 8.66 seconds, while making 5.77 meters in the long jump. In the 200 meters, Pokuaah made a PB of 24.69 seconds.
In the field event, Abraham Seaneke showed consistency as he competed at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic over the weekend. Seaneke recorded a distance of 7.57 meters to finished third in the long jump to equal his season best in the event in his second meet of the year. Seaneke‘s indoor Long jump personal best is 7.81 meters from 2020 and an outdoor best of 8.06m from June 2021. Seaneke is ranked 5th in Africa in the indoor Long jump for 2021/22 season and among top 100th in the world in the event.
Jeff Hammond of Coppin State University also competed in the long jump and recorded a distance of 7.30 meters at the 59th East Coast Invitational before injury hindered him from continuing. Jeff sits 2nd in Africa with a season best of 7.65 meters and among top 100th in the world.
Bryan Sosoo competed in the New Balance Grand Prix in New York on Sunday and run a time of 6.83 seconds.
The indoor season continues this weekend as well as Ghana Athletics Association Circuit Games on February 12th at the Tamale Sports Stadium in Tamale, Ghana