Lydia Mato and Samson Azumah win 7 gold medals in US

What an exciting weekend with wonderful competition in the JUCO ranks. Lydia Ataa Afia Mato rang in 48 individual points by winning the 5000m, 3000m, one mile, 1000m, and coming 2nd in the 800m, while her teammate Sampson Azumah Laari scored 38 points with three victories in the 800m, 1000m, and one mile, and a 2nd place in the 5000m at the NJCAA Region 6 (Regional) Championships.

In doing so, Samspon recorded 2015 bests in three of his races, including two personal bests in the one mile and 5000m.

The points they contributed, led to Barton County College winning the men’s and women’s Regional Championship trophies, and their being named best athletes of the competition.

In the same competition, newcomers Solomon Afful and Mohammed Abubakar each scored in two events, with Afful registering a 2nd place in the 200m and 4th place in the 60m dash, the latter in a personal best-equaling 6.83s performance. Abubakar took 2nd place in the long jump and 3rd place in the triple jump.

In effect, Ghanaian athletes placed in the top 4 in 12 events spanning the men’s 60m, 200m, 800m, 1000m, one mile, 5000m, long jump, triple jump, and the women’s 800m, 1000m, one mile, and 5000m.

Elsewhere in the NJCAA, Daniel Gyasi topped a stellar field in the 400m, returning a fine time of 47.55s for the indoor two-lap race. At the same competition, Janet Amponsah continued in her yeoman’s way, returning a steady time of 23.75s in the indoor 200m to retain her dominance over the national NJCAA rankings. All six will congregate for a Ghanaian celebration at the NJCAA National Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Independence Day.

In the NAIA, the “Chosen One”, Elizabeth Dadzie nailed seasonal bests of 6.05m and 12.20m in the long and triple jumps, while also racing a near-personal best of 8.63s in the 60m hurdles, in Oklahoma Baptist University’s final tune-up competition before the NAIA National Championships, also on Ghana’s Independence weekend.

At the NCAA level, the early conference competitions saw two Ghanaian standout performers. First, Gemma Acheampong swept the 60m and 200m at the Patiot League Championships, breasting the tape in the 60m in a national record-equaling 7.18s!!! Her time equals the national record set by Vida Anim in 2004, and recently equaled by Flings Owusu-Agyapong last month. This is most likely the first time that a national record has been held by three people in Ghana’s history!

In the Northeast Conference Championships, Stephanie Aidoo ran 3 races on Saturday (400m, 200m, and 60m), and then repeated the same three races in the finals the next day, within a 1 hour 40 minute time spread. She won the 400m and 200m and ended up in 4th place in the finals of the 60m.

All in all, this was a busy weekend for Ghanaian athletes, and next week brings the bulk of the conference championships at the NCAA level, with Dasor, Nyamadi, Ampomah, Agyei, Dupeh, Bruce, Yamoah, Amankwah, Boakye, Eke, Obeng-Akrofi, Larbi, Donyinah, and Akai, among others, all preparing to represent their respective universities.



Below are the rest of rankings:


Janet Amponsah                                6.93s                    30-Jan   National Record/World Ranking #9

Doreen Agyei                                      7.16s                    01-Feb  Personal Best



Flings Owusu-Agyapong                                 7.18s                    16-Jan   =National Record/World Ranking #11

Gemma Acheampong                      7.18s                    22-Feb  =National Record/World Ranking #11

Janet Amponsah                                7.40s                    07-Feb    Personal Best

Gemma Acheampong                      7.49s                    06-Dec    Personal Best

Shekara Boakye                                                  7.49s                    16-Jan    Personal Best

Akua Obeng-Akrofi                           7.60s                    24-Jan, 30-Jan     Personal Best

Hand Time:

Akua Obeng-Akrofi                             7.3s                    05-Dec



Janet Amponsah                              23.67s                   06-Feb  National Record

Akua Obeng-Akrofi                         24.06s                   13-Feb  Personal Best

Gemma Acheampong                    24.41s                   07-Feb  Personal Best

Shekara Boakye                                                24.84s                   21-Feb Personal Best

Stephanie Aidoo                              24.90s                   06-Feb  Personal Best

Doreen Agyei                                    24.98s                   07-Feb  Personal Best



Gemma Acheampong                    39.50s                   16-Jan   Personal Best



Stephanie Aidoo                              56.20s                   13-Feb  Personal Best

Lynette Akai                                       57.36s                   07-Feb

Ama Larbi                                            57.56s                   10-Jan

Bless Dupeh                                       58.54s                   09-Jan

Elizabeth Dadzie                               59.07s                   04-Dec



Stephanie Aidoo                              1.17.28m              16-Jan   Personal Best

Bless Dupeh                                       1.17.63m              09-Jan   Personal Best



Lynette Akai                                       1.37.74m              06-Feb  Personal Best

Bless Dupeh                                       1.39.63m              04-Dec  Personal Best



Ama Larbi                                            2.19.23m              06-Feb  Personal Best



Lydia Mato                                          3.00.97m              22-Feb  Personal Best


One Mile

Lydia Mato                                          5.04.14m              31-Jan   Personal Best



Lydia Mato                                          10.34.80s             22-Feb



Lydia Mato                                          17.14.40s             16-Jan   Personal Best



Elizabeth Dadzie                                 8.58s                    14-Feb  Personal Best


High Jump

Elizabeth Dadzie                                 1.55m                  06-Dec


Long Jump

Elizabeth Dadzie                               6.05m                    20-Feb

Ebony Owusu-Sampah                  5.90m                    06-Feb  Personal Best

Nadia Eke                                            5.81m                    16-Jan   Personal Best


Triple Jump

Nadia Eke                                            13.17m                 31-Jan   Personal Best

Mathilde Boateng                            12.88m                 21-Feb

Elizabeth Dadzie                               12.20m                 20-Feb


Shot Putt

Obeng Marfo                                     14.68m                 21-Feb  Personal Best

Claudia Ababio                                  14.18m                 12-Feb  Personal Best



Weight Throw

Obeng Marfo                                     17.76m                 13-Feb  Personal Best

Claudia Ababio                                  17.60m                 17-Jan   Personal Best



Elizabeth Dadzie                               3594p                    30-Jan




Allah Laryea Akrong                          6.74s                    09-Jan

Emmanuel Dasor                                6.82s                    06-Feb  Personal Best

Solomon Afful                                     6.83s                    12-Feb, 22-Feb Personal Best

Tim Abeyie                                           6.89s                    24-Jan

Shadrack Adu-Gyamfi                      6.95s                    09-Jan



Emmanuel Dasor                              21.28s                   30-Jan   Personal Best

Solomon Afful                                   21.61s                   07-Feb  Personal Best

Daniel Gyasi                                       22.11s                   24-Jan   Personal Best

Shadrack Adu-Gyamfi                    22.59s                   09-Jan



Emmanuel Dasor                              47.29s                   17-Jan   Personal Best

Daniel Gyasi                                       47.36s                   14-Feb  Personal Best

Kwame Donyinah                            49.38s                   24-Jan


600 y

Daniel Gyasi                                       1.11.23s                30-Jan   Personal Best



Emmanuel Dasor                              1.22.24s                04-Dec



Alex Amankwah                                               1.46.86m              24-Jan  =National Record/ World Ranking #11



Samson Azumah Laari                    2.31.57m              22-Feb


One Mile

Samson Azumah Laari                    4.23.70m              22-Feb  Personal Best



Samson Azumah Laari                    15.21.92m           21-Feb  Personal Best



Yakabu Ibrahim                                   8.02s                    14-Feb

Atsu Nyamadi                                      8.41s                    04-Dec


Pole Vault

Jordan Yamoah                                   4.90m                  07-Feb

Atsu Nyamadi                                      3.50m                  06-Dec


High Jump

Atsu Nyamadi                                      2.01m                  01-Feb  Personal Best


Long Jump

Atsu Nyamadi                                      7.34m                  01-Feb  Personal Best

Mohammed Abubakar                    7.32m                  06-Feb  Personal Best

Michael Bruce                                     7.23m                  30-Jan   Personal Best


Triple Jump

Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi                                15.34m                 07-Dec

Michael Bruce                                   15.15m                 07-Feb  Personal Best

Atsu Nyamadi                                    15.04m                 06-Dec  Personal Best


Shot Putt

Atsu Nyamadi                                    14.20m                 09-Jan   Personal Best

John Ampomah                                                14.13m                 09-Jan  Personal Best

Credit: Ghana Athletics Association