ZIMBABWE’S United States-based star triple jumper, Chengetayi “Du” Mapaya. as soon as once more stole the limelight through the Massive 12 Indoor Championship at Texas Tech’s Sports activities Centre on the weekend.
He overshadowed his fellow Texas Christian College athletes when he picked up one other gold medal.
Based on studies from Lubbock in Texas, United States, Mapaya received his second Massive 12 Indoor Triple Bounce Championship on Saturday.
He additionally led Texas Christian College’s males’s monitor and subject staff to complete in fifth place at this indoor meet.
One soar was all Mapaya wanted to take the Massive 12 triple soar crown.
The senior leaped 16.55m on his first try and handed on his last 4.
TCU have received three of the previous 4 Massive 12 indoor triple jumps with Mapaya (2019, 2021) and Scotty Newton (2018) triumphing.
Mapaya has been in positive type, throughout this time period’s indoor monitor and subject season, in america.
Solely final month, he scooped one other gold medal after he jumped 16.63 metres, through the two-day Texas Tech Invitational indoor monitor and subject meet, and now owns the highest mark in america.
His mark additionally ranks fifth on the earth.
Mapaya’s gold medal feat on Saturday got here a day after he was positioned fifth within the males’s lengthy soar on Day One of many Massive 12 Championships final Friday.
In simply his third collegiate lengthy soar look, Mapaya positioned fifth on the convention championship, leaping 7.34m (24-1). The senior handed on his last 4 makes an attempt.
Mapaya hadn’t jumped since final 12 months’s convention meet, the place he additionally positioned fifth (7.43m).
Mapaya was not the one TCU-based Zimbabwean athlete who made the headlines through the weekend’s indoor meet at Texas Tech’s Sports activities Centre.
His fellow countryman Tinotenda Matiyenga, who can also be a senior at TCU, ran a career-best 6.66 seconds within the 60m occasion for TCU’s first silver medal of the day on Saturday.
TCU athletes certified for the 60m finals and so they included one other Zimbabwean sprinter, Kundai Maguranyanga (6.77 seconds), a redshirt junior, who, sadly, did not get a medal on Saturday.
Matiyenga additionally scooped one other silver with the TCU males’s 4x400m relay staff on the similar occasion.
The TCU males’s 4x400m relay of Blake Hennesay, Matiyenga, David Seete and Ethan Brown closed out the meet with silver medals round their necks.
The squad went 3:07.33 with Matiyenga clocking a 46.06 on the second leg.
Matiyenga went on to choose up one other medal, this time a bronze within the males’s 200m last.
The Zimbabwean sprinter secured a bronze medal within the 200m after operating 20.77 seconds.
One other TCU-based Zimbabwean sprinter Simbarashe Maketa additionally made it into the boys’s 200m last however he failed to complete within the prime three on Saturday.
Matiyenga’s teammate Brown additionally donned a bronze medal within the 400m, setting a brand new personal-best time of 46.62.
Rainey Anderson introduced residence TCU’s first medal of the day, hurdling his strategy to bronze. Anderson ran a season-best 7.96 within the 60m hurdles.
Within the Group Standings, TCU’s males completed in fifth place, scoring their second-most factors ever on the Massive 12 convention championship.
The Horned Frog males gathered 70 factors, gathering one gold via Mapaya, two silver and three bronze medals within the course of.
The Frogs highest convention end got here in 2018, scoring 74 factors en path to fourth place.
TCU’s girls completed in tenth place.