For the second consecutive year, the Male Cross-Country Team of the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) has maintained a respectable fourth (4th) position in the flagship Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Cross-Country tournament, which came off at the University of Ghana (UG) – Legon, Accra, on April 1, 2023.
The University of Energy and Natural Resource (UENR) made their finest showing ever at the championship to annex the fifth (5th) position, with the likes of C. K. Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences (CKT – UTAS), University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), and University Mines and Technology (UMaT) finishing the race in the eighth (8th), ninth (9th), and tenth (10th) positions respectively.
The University of Ghana (UG) – Legon, University of Education, Winneba (UEW), and the University of Cape Coast (UCC) kept their hold on the coveted first (1st), second (2nd), and third (3rd) positions respectively.
In the female race, AAMUSTED presented two representatives who could only participate on a non-scoring basis because they were short of the tournament requirement of a minimum of eight (8) and a maximum of ten (10) representatives to constitute a team. UCC came first (1st), followed by UEW, and for the first time in the tournament history, UENR annexed the third (3rd) position in the female competition.
The 10-kilometer race for males and females was under the World Athletics (WA) 2022 Regulations. The best six (6) finishing positions of members of each team were summed up to determine the eventual position of the team in the competition.
AAMUSTED went into the 2023 championship to improve its performance from its maiden participation in 2022. While it could only maintain the fourth position, the University’s Noah Womboriche, seventh (7th) in last year’s competition, improved his individual record when he completed the 2023 race in the sixth (6th) place.
The University’s Sports Coordinator and Coach, Mr. Julius Baba Apidogo, was unhappy that the team could not improve its position from last year because of some mistakes and other crucial issues that the University would have to address.
He said the identified mistakes would guide the University’s preparations for future participations. That notwithstanding, he praised the team for its spiritedness to improve the accumulated points from last year and the resilience against slumping from its attainment from the 2022 tournament.
The Chairman of the University’s Amalgamated Sports Club, Mr. Alfred Morrison, encouraged the athletes to keep their shoulders high for their excellent performance at the tournament. He was optimistic that AAMUSTED would soon feature in the first three positions in the competition, judging from the quality the team displayed.
The AAMUSTED team members are Noah Womboriche, John Attiah, John Tahiru, Bernard Tampuli, and Adams Fuseini. The others are Joseph Gyamfi, Christian Ayogu, Ishmael Fialor, Paul Forkuo, and Nathaniel Kparib.
The 2023 tournament was the 26th edition of the GUSA Cross-Country, held under the theme, University Sports: Nurturing Resilience, Adopting Technology, Embracing Humanism.