Report: 2022 GUSA Cross Country Competition

Report: 2022 GUSA Cross Country Competition

The 2022 Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Cross Country Competition was successfully held at the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) in Ho, Volta Region. The 25th edition of the GUSA Cross Country competition was the first time the games was held in the Volta Region of Ghana.

The various universities reported on Wednesday, and Thursday for registrations and other paperwork to be done prior to the mega event.

This was the 25th GUSA Cross Country competition to be organised by the GUSA member institutions.

The climax of the event was great to the extent that there were a lot of predictions as to which institution will win – the female – the male – and the overall category – the individual medal contenders were already pre-determined.

In a competition like this, the team positions were much concern as we usually described the winners as the best school in terms of sports.

The nature of the route was very perfect for a cross-country championship. The distance was 10km but is a 2km loop. All the athletes are expected to go round 5 times to make a complete 10km. The route has descending rough patches, and hills which are the entire technical route for a cross-country route.

The female athletes started the race around 7:oo am and the weather conditions were very good and suitable for a cross country race. The defending champion and pre-race favourite Sarah Koomson of UDS took the early lead and one of the top-rated athletes in Ghana currently Rosina Titi moved with her up to the 6km mark and dropped back. Sarah increased her pace again and gave them about 2 minutes gap which from the 8km mark became a lonely race. Sarah won her second successive GUSA cross country competition in just under 40mins while Rosina placed second and UDS’ Hilda Mary Bayor also finished third.

In the various team standings, the University of Cape Coast (UCC) won the female category while the University of Ghana (UG) also clinched the top of the male category. This was their first time since winning it in 2014. The surprise finished was the debutants Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) who placed 4th in the male division.

The male race was a one-man show and all eyes were on the 2022 Commonwealth Games debutante, William Amponsah of University of Education, Winneba. William broke the Ghana 5000m National record in 13:51.65 in his first international games for Ghana in the 5000m. The previous record was held by Sampson Larry in 14:02.22 which was set back in April 2016 in the United States. William placed first in a new GUSA cross country competition record time in 29:17s while his team compatriot Koogo Atia also finished second and Ishmael Arthur of Ghana Armed Forces and a current student of the University of Ghana also placed third.

Female Top 5

  1. Sarah Koomson, UDS
  2. Rosina Titi, UCC
  3. Hilda Mary Bayor, UCC
  4. Hawa Kombat, UDS
  5. Elizabeth Azure, UCC

Male Top 5

  1. William Amponsah, UEW
  2. Koogo Atia, UEW
  3. Arthur Ishmael, Ug
  4. Ataylar Awini Samuel, UCC
  5. Basit Afful, UG

TEAM RESULTS

FEMALE TOP 3

  1. UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST
  2. UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION, WINNEBA
  3. UNIVERSITY FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

MALE TOP 3

  1. UNIVERSITY OF GHANA
  2. UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION, WINNEBA
  3. UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST

FULL RESULTS

By Athleticshour

Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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