Conquerors Athletics Club Sunday maintained its status on the local scene with dominance in the 2019 National Club Athletics Championship.
On a rainy (wet) Saturday Conquerors Athletics Club tussled with a mere gold difference to beat youthful Fast Track Athletics Club to win this year’s title.
Because of the rain, athletes with spikes were allowed to represent their clubs on the track.
Spikes give runners extra traction especially during wet weather and the idea behind spikes is that extra traction equals faster running, but the trick isn’t only in the grip.
Conquerors were crowned at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex as the 2019 National Club Athletics Champions given them their third consecutive triples, after winning the title from 2017 – 2019.
Despite the sweet victory, Fast Track put up an outstanding performance, with the showcase of 13-year-old Abigail Baayue, who ran 1,500m and won a gold.
Besides her gold in the 1500m, the 13-year-old female sprinter ran and contributed to the team’s 4x400m female silver.
Also, Fast Track’s 21-year-old sprinter Musa Zoker also won two gold medals in the 200m and 400m respectively and furthered helped in the 4x400m male gold as the finisher.
Liberia’s all-time 1500m sprinter Anis Prince Faraj, alias Butter Fly, won two gold medals for Conquerors in the 1500m and 800m male races respectively.
The Conquerors’ Butterfly also won a silver medal in the 4x100m.
Kelvin Jallah increased the gold for Conquerors in the 100m male race.
Conquerors’ topmost female runner, 21-year-old Tracy Chayee also won two gold medals in the 800m and 400m respectively.
Both Conquerors and Fast Track accumulated 47 points each in their overall points from the 7 events, including 1500m male and female; 800m male and female; 400m male and female, 200m male and female, 100m male and female as well as 4x100m relay male and female and 4x400m relay male and female.
But Conquerors was awarded the first place title for accumulating a gold difference over Fast Track. Conquerors were awarded L$25,000; Fast Track got L$15,000 and Liberty received L$10,000.
Liberty Athletics Club performed worst in the 2019 National Athletics Clubs Championship for the first time in four years. The team has 18 points, tribute to Nancy Saah who won gold in the 100m and 200m female races and also Philip Lademo in the 4x100m male run.
Liberty won the first post-Ebola National Clubs Athletes Championship which was held in 2016. In 2017 and 2018 respectively, Liberty settled as second, but in this year’s Clubs Championship, Liberty dropped to the least with a dismal performance.
The LAF’s National Clubs Athletics Championship is an annual event which is intended to determine the best club or rank the clubs as well as spot or plug standing and progressive potential players. It’s organized by the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF)
The president of Conquerors is Jonathan Enders, while Fast Track’s president is Christopher Sayeh and the president of Liberty is Isaac Montgomery.
Meanwhile, the president of the LAF, Mulbah Zaza, thanked the participating clubs but urged the government embassies and businesses to help sporting federations to decentralized its activities and attract more youths to the sports