The Common Wealth Hall and Volta Hall emerged tops at the 55th University of Ghana Cross Country competition which was held on Friday 21st September 2018 with the ‘Vandalz’ winning the male category and the ‘Ladies’ also going home with the female trophy.
The event which was organized under the auspices of the University of Ghana Sports Directoratesaw members of the University’s Sports Advisory Board and other senior officials of the school grace the occasion.
Beatrice Owusuwaa, a second-year student of the Mensah Sarbah Hall was first to the cross the finish line in the female division with a time of 46:01:63secs, Larewncia Naa Adjeley of Volta Hall was second with a time of 51:22:67secs and Cynthia Anyokama Anafo of Akuafo Hall emerged third with 51:57:45secs.
In the male division, a level 100 student of the Common Wealth Hall, Raja Lagble Komla came through with the time of 33 mins 06 micro-seconds to win the first position, Joseph Mensah also of CommonWealth came second with 33:38:27secs whiles Prince Faraj from the same hall placed third with 34:30:83secs to complete an all Common Wealth Hall affair.
In all, Volta Hall emerged as champions of the 2018 Univerisity of Ghana cross-country competition with Mensah Sarbah picking up the second position and Akuafo Hall taking home bronze as the overall third best team in the female division. The ‘Vandalz’ after a fantastic 10 kilometres went back to the’Vandal City’ with gold, followed by the ‘Vikings’ Mensah Sarbah Hall and winning bronze in the male division.
Director at the Univerisity’s Sports Directorate, Dr Bella Bello Bitugi expressed his satisfaction in the organization of this year’s event and the competitiveness of the marathon as it will go a long way to help the school assembly the best of the best to represent the school during the Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) cross-country later this year.
” Even though we wish that more halls would have participated, as you can see for your self, the organization was great, participation was great because we started from somewhere and I think we are making progress. There were new winners and new faces showing up in the female division with great performance and I think we are on track” Dr Bello spoke after the event
He further added that, even though the organization was good, one of the halls reported late hence they were not scored as a sign of punishment to deter others from doing same next time.
“We decided not score Legon Hall who reported late and because we as an institution wants to keep discipline among the students, we decided to allow them to participate in the event but not to score them as it’s done always and I hope this will send a good message to others to abide by the time given to them during competitions” Dr Bello added
The 55th University of Ghana cross-country serves as a preparation grounds ahead of the GUSA cross-country which will take place at the University of Professional Studies later this year.