US-based Zimbabwean athlete Vimbayi Maisvorewa has been named the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week for her performance at the Rock Chalk Classic in Lawrence, Kansas last Saturday.
Maisvorewa, who is on an athletic scholarship at Cloud County Community College in Kansas won the women’s 400-meter dash at the Rock Chalk Classic with a school-record time of 53.66 seconds.
The 18-year-old rising star’s previous best in the 400m was 53.68 seconds which she set at the KT Woodman Classic at the beginning of April.
Her winning time at the weekend ensured she finished top in a 25-runner field that featured 16 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I athletes.
Maisvorewa’s time would win the race by six-tenths of a second over her next closest competitor and is currently the number-two ranked time in the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) this year behind only Ashantae Harvey of Barton County.
🚨NEW SCHOOL RECORD🚨
Vimbayi Maisvorewa knocks off two hundredths of a second on her previous record to win the KU Rock Chalk Classic 400m in 53.66!! pic.twitter.com/udOxaLI1Br
— CloudXC⚡TF (@CloudXCTF) May 1, 2022
The Rusape-bred sprinter has been enjoying a memorable maiden season in the US.
Barely two months ago she etched her name in the country’s athletics history books after breaking Zimbabwe’s women’s 400m indoor record at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region VI Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas.
She crossed the finish line in 54.65s ahead of Kiara Brown of Butler Community College to beat the previous Zimbabwe women’s 400m indoor record of 54.91s set by Larissa Bakasa in 2004 during her time at Texas Christian University (TCU).