TCU Track and Field: Leap of Faith – Mapaya Wins 12 Weekly Big Honor


Behind his mark of No. 1 in the country in the triple jump, Chengetayi (From) Mapayaearned Big 12 Athlete of the Week honors.

At the Texas Tech Open & Multis, Mapaya won the triple jump with a mark of 16.48m (54′ 1″). He only needed one jump to claim victory in the event and secure the highest score in the country.

As a freshman, the native of Harare, Zimbabwe soared to the triple jump championship, finishing third with a jump of 16.38m (53-9).

Last season, Mapaya notched a silver medal, finishing second at the 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships with a mark of 16.95m (55-7.5). The Harare, Zimbabwe native returns this season to defend his national triple jump title from 2019.

His victory at the 2019 National Outdoor Championship is legendary, one for the ages. Mapaya was in third place after his fifth jump, at 16.94m (55-7), entering his sixth and final jump of the evening. Then, with a leap of 17.13 m (56-2.5), he overtook the leader of the event Jordan Scott of Virginia (17.01m, 55-9.75), to win the national championship, with the first TCU national title in track and field since Ronnie Baker won the 60m in 2016.

Mapaya broke the school triple jump record at the NCAA Indoor Championships last year with a mark of 16.95m (55-7.5). He currently holds the TCU indoor and outdoor triple jump records and is unlikely to be dethroned any time soon.

So Mapaya can definitely jump like a frog. I have no doubt that he can also spit as such.

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