Zim sprinters make their mark at Texas Christian University

Tinotenda Matiyenga

Three Zimbabwean sprinters Tinotenda “Booster” Matiyenga, Kundai Maguranyanga and Clinton Muunga were part of the Texas Christian University (TCU) 4×100 team which emerged victorious at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday.

The trio, who were accompanied by American Bryson Stubblefield clocked an impressive time of 38.95 seconds to comfortably win the high profile meet at the Roy P. Drachman Stadium.

Their winning time of 38.95 is the third-fastest time in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) this season.

The TCU team finished ahead of the Iowa State University 4x100m team of Kalen Walker, Austin Kresley, Gratt Reed and Khullen Jefferson, who finished second in 39.05 while the hosts Arizona State University settled for third position in 39.90.

Kundai Maguranyanga

After the success with the relay team, there was also individual success for Matiyenga after he placed second in the men’s 100m in 10.29 seconds while his teammate Stubblefield finished third in 10.49 seconds.

The men’s 100m final was won by Lawrence Johnson of the University of Wisconsin–Madison in a time of 10.27 seconds.

The trio of Matiyenga, Muunga and Maguranyanga are part of a group of talented Zimbabwean student athletes who have been making a mark at TCU in recent years.

The school is also home to another sprinter Simbarashe Maketa and rising triple jump sensation Chengetayi Mapaya.

Mapaya, who missed out on last year’s Tokyo Olympics due to injury is currently one of the leading triple jumpers in the world.



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