Former St George’s College student Chengetayi Mapaya now owns the top mark in the American after he jumped 16.63meter in the triple jump.
Mapaya made his 2021 debut at the Texas Tech Invitational competition, returning for his senior indoor campaign to defend his national title in the outdoor triple jump from 2019.
As a freshman in 2018, Mapaya finished third place at the Texas Tech Shootout where he jumped 16.04m.
Going into his sixth and final jump at the Texas Tech Invitational triple jump competition, Mapaya was in third place after a jump of 16.94m in his fifth attempt. On the final jump of the competition, Mapaya jumped 17.13m passing up event leader Jordan Scott 17.01m and winning the national championship.
During this weekend competition, Mapaya was competing against three other athletes. It was Texas Tech senior year student Jalon Scals who tried to be more of a threat but his 15.97m was surpassed by Mapaya who jumped an impressive 16.63m.
This was TCU’s first national title in track and field since 2016.
Mapaya is now a five-time All-American.