The outdoor season has just begun, and the past weekend has been one of the best for Ghana track and field athletes in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Divisions I and II. Records got re-set, and Personal Best (PB) performances went down in the books.
The main competitions this weekend was the 94th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays and the South Carolina’s Weems Baskin Invitational.
The weekend was highlighted by Ghana’s fastest man, Benjamin Azamati, who got the world talking with an exhilarating World Leading (WL) time of 9.90sec +2.0m/s legal wind in heat one of the men’s 100m at the Texas Relays. The West Texas A&M University athlete broke his own Ghanaian and NCAA DII record of 9.97sec at the same venue last year. World Athletics accepted wind reading is anything not more than 2.0m/s.
Jeff Hammond of Coppin State University Opened his outdoor season in Long Jump event at the South Carolina’s Weems Baskin Invitational. Hammond’s jump of 7.80m +5.5m/s wind reading would have been only 13cm off the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) record and a school record. The allowed NCAA wind is anything not more than +3.9m/s.
Akron University’s Jacqueline Pokuaah won in Section B of the women’s Triple Jump event at the Texas Relays, setting a new school record and PB in the process. Pokuaah achieved this feat with a jump of 13.53m 1.0m/a legal wind.
Deborah Acquah of Texas A&M University took a 4th place finish in Section A of the women’s Triple Jump event at the Texas Relays. Acquah made a leap of 13.45m 0.1m/s in the event. In the women’s Long Jump, Acquah made a 3rd place finish in 6.78m 2.7m/s.
Abraham Seaneke completed the men’s long jump event at the Texas Relays with a 10th place finish with a leap of 7.59m 1.7m/s wind in the first 3 rounds. The jump wasn’t enough to progress him to the finals of the competition.
Desmond Aryee also of West Texas A&M University competed in the men’s 100m event at the Texas Relays with a 17th place finish with a time of 10.42 wind a 2.1m/s wind just over the world athletics accept wind but legal for Number 4 NCAA Division II time of the outdoor season. This is his fastest time in 6 years.
Emmanuel Yeboah of Texas Tech University finished 14th in the men’s 100m as well with a time of 10.35sec 2.0 m/s legal wind at the Texas Relays. Ranking him as the 2nd fastest Ghanaian so far in 2022.
Joseph Amoah also opened his outdoor season in the 200m at the South Carolina’s Weems Baskin Invitational with a time of 20.57s 3.5m/s wind to win the event.
Follow our social media pages for more up-to-date information on Ghanaian track and field athletes.