On his last run as a horned frog, Tinotenda Matiyenda had a hell of a season, as anyone who follows the TCU track and field team can attest. After qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in three events (4×100, 4×400, 200m), he was named a first-team All-American in the 4×100 relay. Prior to that, Matiyenda triumphed in his second consecutive Big 12 championship as a member of the 4×100 relay team, clocking 38.50 on his way to breaking a Big 12 meet record.
His success at the Big 12 Championship was no accident. In the 2021-22 indoor season, Matiyenda made history by eclipsing his own Zimbabwe national indoor record in the men’s 200m, with a race time of 20.69. Hailing from Harare, Zimbabwe, Matiyenda won a bronze medal at the NCAA Indoor Championships, finishing with a time of 20.84.
Matiyenda would end his career at TCU as an eight-time All-American and four-time Big 12 champion, a sizable accomplishment to say the least. He joins Chengetayi (Du) Mapaya, who will compete in the triple jump, to represent Zimbabwe at this year’s World Championships.
The United States is hosting the world championships for the first time this year. The events will take place July 15-24 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
It goes without saying that TCU and the TCU track team were blessed with a diamond in the rough in Mr. Matiyenda. Congratulations to Tinotenda Matiyenda, and, as always, Go Frogs!!!!!
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