Moodbidri, Oct 12, 2015: Mangalore University’s cross-country team broke all records at All India inter-university cross country championship for men and women organized under the aegis of Alva’s College Oct 11. While the hosts bagged the first place in the men’s section, a position which hitherto no state or private university from Karnataka has ever achieved in this event; their women’s team finished second behind Punjabi University, Patiala.
The podium finish by Ranjeeth Kumar Patel of the host Mangalore university, whose timing of 38:54.95 fetched him the gold. What made Ranjeeth’s achievement unique is the fact that he became the first athlete from any university in south India to bag the gold medal in this event, for runners from north India have clearly dominated long distance running events including the cross-country races ever since Association of Indian Universities started this event.
Total team points - 15 - secured by men’s team of the hosts themselves is also an all-time record of least points netted by winning team in history of the meet. While Ranjeeth finished first, team mate Abhishek Pal finished third, Rajkumar Singh, fifth, and Siju CP sixth making up for 15 points of the team. MD University, Rohtak that finished second netted 137 points, Punjab University, Patiala 154 points to take home the bronze and University of Delhi finished fourth with 340 points.
On the distaff side, Punjab University stood first with 38 points, hosts finished second with 49 points, Calicut Univeristy, Calicut, third with 57 points and Savitribai Phule Univeristy, Pune, fourth with 81 points. Placings of top four runners of each team determines total points that a university gets and one with least score is adjudged champion. AIU will select teams from among the toppers to represent India in the World University Games in Italy in March 2016.
National basketball coaching camp : Nitte University, Nitte, will be organising the National Youth Boys (Under 16) coaching-cum-selection trials for the India Youth (Under 16) boys team from October 14 to October 17. A release from Dakshina Kannada District Basketball Association here said that the Basketball Federation of India has taken the decision to hold the camp at Nitte’s basketball facility. The selected team will participate in the
4th FIBA Asia Youth Basketball Championship to be held at Jakarta, Indonesia, from October 29 to November 7, the release added.