Only a sophomore, TCU Track & Field star Chengetayi “Du” Mapaya added to his incredible second season by taking home a National Championship Friday night, triple jumping his way to the title with a final jump of 17.13m (56-2.5).
A native of Harare, Zimbabwe, Mapaya found himself in Fort Worth by way of St. George’s College. He made an instant impact on the TCU Track & Field program, becoming an All-American in both the indoor and outdoor track seasons for the triple jump as a freshman, a feat he would repeat this year. After finishing third in both events last season, Du was in third place once again heading into his final jump, needing to best FSU’s Armani Wallace’s jump of 16.99m (55-9).
Already the school record holder, he did this in his final attempt:
His reaction upon learning that he was in first place was absolutely priceless:
Mapaya was not the only Horned Frog to have a great meet, as junior Destiny Longmire also earned First Team All-American honors by finishing fourth in the long jump, topping her personal best with a leap of 6.55m (21-6).
The Moreno Valley, CA native is in her first season competing for the Horned Frogs, after two years at San Jose State, where she was a two time Mountain West Champion in the same event.
Additionally, TCU’s 4X100 team finished ninth after a disqualification, still good enough to be named Second Team All-Americans.
Congratulations to the Horned Frogs on another successful Track & Field season!