St. Augustine’s College and Wesley Girls High School successfully defended their titles as they were crowned boy’s and girl’s champions of the 28th Central Regional Super Zonal athletics championship held at Cape Coast sports stadium from 1st and 2nd March.
Remarkably, this is the 13th time that Augustine’s has won the Super Zonal since its introduction in 1991 while Wesley Girls has now won the girls title for the 4th title.
St. Augustine’s, who won the 2017 edition of competition with 140 points, won their third successive championships this time with 5.5 more points, finishing with 145.5 points, followed in second place by their arch rivals Mfantsipim School and Adisadel College in 2nd and 3rd with 108.5 and 92 points respectively.
Reigning girl’s athletics champions Wesley Girls High School successfully defended their crown by topping the girls division with 117 points, followed by Mfantsiman Girls and Holy Child School with 69 and 65 points respectively.
It was another classy performance from boys in green (St. Augustine’s) who showed their strengths particularly in the short sprints and relay events, coupled with decent performances in the vertical and horizontal events.
St. Augustine’s scooped gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 110m hurdles. Stand out athletes included Solomon Odonkor who clocked 21.81s in the 200m final while teammate Fuseini Ibrahim stopped the clock at 11.40s in the 100m.
But the greens were toppled in the middle and long distance events by the boys in red and black from Mfantsipim School. Aziz Mohammed proved to be a major stumbling block, breaking the boy’s 5000m record with 14min:53.98secs, adding the 1500m crown to his laurels before taking bronze in the 800m race.
In the girls division, Wesley Girls showed their dominance in the sprints and field events. Gifty Oku was one of the stars of the show grabbing first place in the 200m with 25.23s and helping the 4x100m and 4x200m relay teams to win gold. Oku missed out on the 100m final despite having run a decent 12.56s in the heats.
Her teammate Eno Ampong won the 100m final in 13.09s and also the 100m hurdles with 19.07s while Elizabeth Lavor clinched first place in the high jump with 1.60m, pole vault with 2.15m. Edith Obeng equally won first place in the shot put and discus throw.
Mfantsiman Girls showed grit and determination in the 4x400m relay and medley finals, where they came first on each occasion.
The outstanding Cynthia A. Frimpong of Fettehman S.H.S. grabbed an astonishing three first place finishes in the 800m with 2m:21.91, 1500m in 4m:59.93s and 3000m 10m:56.67s.
Other notable winners on the day were Ghana National College’s Manner Atimboro who won the 400m hurdles in a time of 1.09.75, Assin Manso’s Esther Andoh came first in the long jump with 4.99m; Obrachire’s Josephine Mensah finished with 11.62m to take first place in the triple jump; Swedru Business School’s Sarah Quansah came first in the javelin with 35.47m.
Best Athlete Awards:
Mfantsipim’s Aziz Mohammed was awarded the best boys track athlete award for winning first in 5000m /1500m/ 3rd in 800m. He also broke the championship records in 5000m and 1500m.
Cape Coast Technical Institute student Arthur Melchizedek won the best athlete boys (field events) for winning 2nd in the javelin, 3rd in shot put and discus.
The best girls athlete (track events) went to Fettehman Senior High School’s Cynthia Frimpong who came first in 3000m, 1500m and 800m. While the best girls athlete (field events) went to Wesley Girls High School’s Elizabeth Lavor who came first in the pole vault, high jump and second in the long jump.
Meanwhile, the Regional Physical Education Coordinator, Seth Ayensu Bortsie summed up his thoughts on the event saying, “it was a splendid competition. It was the first time we were using the electronic timer thanks to the Ghana Athletics Association.
He added, the anthems of the winning schools were played for the first time and I loved the atmosphere when all the St. Augustine’s student knelt down when their anthem was being played.
He said, the performances were good and well distributed among the schools including the smaller schools like Fettehman S.H.S. “We want to improve upon spectating for the next event. We want to thank all the schools, heads and Cowbell Ghana for sponsoring this event,”hee said.