The Liberty Athletics Club (LAC) was on Saturday crowned Champions of the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) Open Club Championship which took place at the Fendell Campus of the University of Liberia. The LAC accumulated 77 points in eight events with Andrew Kpehe named the ‘track-man’ for the LAC.
Christopher Sayeh’s Fast Track Athletics Club came second in the race with 67 points while Fast Spikes took the third place with 13 points. Jonathan Enders’ Conquerors Athletics Club earned 12 points while Hill Side Athletics Club got two points and nothing for Zoyad Athletics Club. The six teams competed in the 5000 meters, 1500 meters, 800meters, 400meters, 200meters, 100 meters and the 100m and 400m relays, including shot put and long jump. LAC’s Andrew Kpehe won the 5000m and 1500m races, while his teammates Eve Harmon, Phillip Lademo, Cornelius Pennoh, and Sunnyboy Barcon were all excellent. Experience runners Queenela Jackson, Richard Mayango and Jernora Neufville (Fast Track Athletics Club) could not find their way out.
Presenting the trophy, LAF President Mulbah Zaza congratulated LAC athletes for their steadfastness, noting that athletics is a competitive sport and they would always have to train hard for success.
He also encouraged the athletes for participating in the events which according to him were intended to keep the sport alive in Liberia.
Mr. Zaza indicated that the athletes who performed excellently will be earmarked for the upcoming Boxing Day Tournament in neighboring Sierra Leone.
Receiving the trophy on behalf of the LAC, President Montgomery said as long as he is president; the club will continue to dominate athletics’ competitions.
He said he was impressed by the performances of his athletes, declaring that the future looks bright for many of them.
The former 800m and 1500m runner, who is also Liberia’s Best FIFA Referee, said the victory is evidence of his success on the track. The 30-year-old ex-middle distance runner was a key member of the LAC for four years, (2006 – 2009).
He was the captain of the University of Liberia (UL) Track & Field Team. Through the LAC scholarship, Montgomery earned AA and BBA in Accounting from Stella Marist. He also holds BSc in economics from the University of Liberia.