The indoor season is steadily coming to an end, and the weekend was filled with incredible, jaw-dropping performances from Ghana collegiate athletes in the NCAA divisions I and II.
At the Middle Eastern Athletics Conference (MEAC), Latifa Ali of Coppin State University made a statement in the women’s 200m with a solid 23.65sec to break her own university record. Ali also took second place in the women’s 60m dash with a time of 7.47sec.
Salomey Adjei also of Coppin State University as part of the middle-distance relay team, won gold at the MEAC conference. The quartet broke a 26-year record in 12:12:22min to win the conference. The previous record stood at 12:33:29min.
Akron University’s Jacqueline Pokuaah ran a 8.66sec in the 60-meter hurdles and a 7.71 in the 60m dash at the Mid-American Conference in Kent, Ohio. Pokuaah also recorded 6.13m in the women’s long jump.
Deborah Acquah of Texas A&M University recorded a distance of 6.64m in the long jump and 13.41m in the triple jump. Acquah‘s performance placed her 2nd and 5th in the long and triple jumps respectively at the South-eastern Conference (SEC) championships.
Ghana’s and West Texas A&M University’s fastest man, Benjamin Azamati sped to a blistering 20.57sec win at the Lone Star Conference (LSC) to set a new LSC record and the second fastest time ever in DII. This time also equals the Ghana 200-meter indoor record held by Joseph Paul Amoah. Azamati also set a new Lone Star conference meet record in the 60m dash record with a sprint of 6.55sec to defend his LSC title. Azamati now holds all the lone star conference record and school record in the short sprints for both indoors and outdoor.
Joseph Hammond won the men’s long jump for Coppin State University during the MEAC championship with 7.59m. Hammond is the first CSU field athlete to win an event at the championship since 2017.
Desmond Aryee also of West Texas A&M University run a 6.80sec to place 4th at the Lone Star Conference.
Joseph Manu finished the MEAC championship for Coppin State University with a 2nd place finish in the men’s 60m dash in 6.71sec, while running a 21.08sec to finish 3rd in the 200m.
These gallant sports men and women are scheduled to close the collegiate indoor season at the NCAA nationals in Alabama, Birmingham for the DI schools, and Pittsburg, Kansas for the DII schools from March 11-12th, 2022.
Athletes that have been selected by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (ustfccca) in various divisions to compete at the championship includes:
Benjamin Azamati (60 & 200m) -D2 Championship
Desmond Aryee (60m)-D2 Championship
Samuel Yaro (400m & 4x400m relays) D2 Championship
Duncan Agyeman (400m ) -D2 Championship
Deborah Aquach (long & triple jump) -D1 championship.
The Ghana Athletics Association Circuit games is scheduled to resume this weekend at Sunyani. We’ll be bringing all the latest updates from this meet as well.
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