The 43rd Inter-hall Athletics Competition of the University of Cape Coast has been held at the University Sports Field with outstanding performance by the athletes. Under the distinguished patronage of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Domwin Dabire Kuupole, the two day events was characterised with breaking and setting of new records.
The Seven participating halls were Kwame Nkrumah, Adehye, Oguaa, Valco, Graduate Students Hostel and two other Diasporian halls, Amamoma and Apewosika, competed in sixteen (17) events:110 hurdles Men, 800m, Discuss, Long Jump, High Jump, 5000m, 4x100m, 400m, 400 hurdles, 200m, Shot Put, Javelin, 1500m, Tripple Jump, 100m, Pole Vault, and 4x400m.
The overall results for the men were, Valco Hall came 1st with a total of 122 points, Oguaa Hall 2nd with 96 points, Kwame Nkrumah came 3rd with 56.6 points, Amamoma team B came 4th with 47.5 points, Apewosika team A came 5th with 38 points and GRASAG came 6th with 3 points and the results for the women were Kwame Nkrumah Hall was 1st with 94 points, Valco Hall 2nd with 86 points, Adehye 3rd with 58 points, Oguaa 4th with 52 points, Apewosika team A with 24 points and GRASAG 6th with 11 points.
A total of seven(7) records were broken in this years athletic competition, three(3) by the women and they are, the old record in 200m by Edwina J. Nanevie of Oguaa(2007) with a time of 27.80s, was broken by Valco Hall's Abubakari Asana with a new record time of 27.7s.
Again Abubakari Asana set a new 100m record with 13.4s, which replaces the old record by the same Edwina J. Nanevie(2005). Gladys Engman of Apewosika set a new record in the 400m with 1:6.3 which replaces the old record time of 1.08.00s,by Irene Bissi of Oguaa Hall in 1996.
For the men, the old record by Awudu Shamsu of Oguaa, (2000) in high jump of 1.90m was broken by Alex Kwofie of Valco. Oguaa set a new record in 4x100m with 43:2 replacing the old record by Oguaa of 44.50s(1975). Michael Bruce of Amamoma, set a new record in tripple jump with 14.87m, to replace the old record by Patrick Gyan of ATL in 1987 with 14.27m. The old record in 4x400 by Casford with 3:34.00s in 2009, was broken by Valco in 3:33.4s.
At the end of it all, the best female athlete went to Abubakari Asana of Valco hall. She went away with a cash prize of GH¢200, a trophy and a certificate while Alex Kwofie of Valco was the best male athlete, winning the 1st position in long jump and high jump, and 2nd position in 400m hurdles.
Prof. E.T. Kodzi, a retired Professor of Physical Education and the First Sports Coach of UCC was the special guest of honour was chaired by Dr. J.K. Ogah, Chairman of Sports and Recreation Committee, the event came to a successful end with closing remark from him, disclosing that winners for the various events would be competing in the Ghana University Sports Association (GUSA) Games to be held in March at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor couldn't hide his joy, he praised the Sports and Recreation Committee for the good work done in organising the event successfully and also lauded athletes who competed in the various events for their outstanding performance.
By: Ebo Turkson/ Computer Centre.