The 23rd GUSA Cross Country Race has been held at UPSA. The Ten (10) kilometer race drew participants from 8 public universities across the country. The keenly contested race was in two categories. The female category was the first to be held on the day followed by the men’s race.
23rd GUSA Cross Country Race-Females Category Winner
The 23rd GUSA Cross Country Race females’ race was won by Elizabeth Azuri of University of Development Studies, Tamale to retain the title as the defending champion. In an interview with the press, she indicated that her ambition is to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to win it. She started as an athlete in 2010 and has weathered the storm so far.
She is yet to receive any form of support from the Ghana Olympic committee however, she challenged herself to work extra hard to prove her worth and make Ghana proud.
23rd GUSA Cross Country Race-Males Category Winner
Malic Yakubu from the Cape Coast University, the defending champion of the GUSA cross country race won the males category of the 23rd GUSA Cross Country Race to retain his position and have the bragging rights for the next one year. His time was better than his previous personal best and he looks forward to upping his training to further reduce his finishing time and solidify his authority in the GUSA cross country race.
Speaking to the press, the sports master for University of Professional Studies Mr. Ali Ibrahim was happy that, the university council and leadership, took up the challenge to host the event. He was, however, disappointed that, his lads failed to impress on the big stage but believed the school would be a force to reckon with come subsequent events.
According to him, most of the athletes who competed on the ticket of UPSA were in their first year and will be better ready and prepared for future events with well-structured and consistent training in the school.
He believes that the athletes started the race with high enthusiasm but he could not ascertain the reasons for the poor performance. He trained them for a month but the results did not reflect with all the zeal to win.
He believed that going forward, he will impress on management to give him the needed help to get athletes to be admitted. He said when the hearts of athletes become resilient, then they will excel and hosting for the first time, they need to up their game.
Hosting at short notice, he gave thumbs up to the school for making the event a success. The University of Ghana surprised the event organizers and are now challenging the big boys.
23rd GUSA Cross Country Race Results
UDS won the women’s race with 43 points, followed in second position by UCC with 46 points, then the third position went to UEW. The 4th, 5th and 6th positions were occupied by UG, KNUST, and UPSA respectively on the females’ league table.
In the males’ competition, UCC topped with 40 marks and were closely followed in second place by UG with 67 points. UEW was in third position with 97 points. 4th position was annexed by KNUST, 5th by UDS. Universities at the bottom of the males cross country league table were UNER, UPSA, and UMat respectively.
Ten best athletes in both the males and females categories were awarded individual cash prizes and certificates.
23rd GUSA Cross Country Race Advice -VC-prof. Abednego Feehi Okoe
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, prof. Abednego Feehi Okoe Amartey addressing the athletics present urged them to aim higher with their talent to compete in national and international competitions. He shared fond memories of how he competed on the ticket of UG as a student in the past and encouraged the student-athletes to work hard. He was of the view that, University education is not all about lecture halls and learning but also to train the body and unearth sports talents.