Madzivire qualifies for NCAA

HARARE - Zimbabwe athlete Paul Madzivire has for the second time qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships after finishing in seventh place in the long jump at NCAA East Preliminary meet last Friday.

The Florida State University State (FSU) student, who was seeded 34, finished the event with a best leap of 7.64m in his third attempt.

Other FSU students, who qualified for NCAA in the long jump, are Jalen Ramsey and Stefan Brits who finished with a leap of 7.82m and 7.65 respectively.

“It never happened in school history, so that’s exciting,” FSU coach Bob Braman said on their website.

“Those guys are all potential national scorers and we knew Paul and Stefan are special when they are healthy. This is just the next step – senior, senior and NFL first-round draft pick. They will all go out together.’

After career threatening injury, Madzivire marked his return to action with a third place finish in the long jump at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Indoor Track and Field Championships at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in the United States in March.

The 23-year-old long jumper, managed a leap of 7.48m on his final attempt to secure third place at the competition he won last year.

This did not go unnoticed with Florida State honouring him in April among 22 other athletes who were presented with individual awards for their respective sports at the 21st Annual Golden Nole Banquet.

Last year, the former Gateway student had a remarkable year, with a personal best jump of 7,87m at the FSU Twi-Light Invitational tournament.

The Zimbabwean also finished in second position in the long-jump event at Crimson Tide Invitational tournament at Sam Bailey Stadium in America.

Madzivire finished the event with a leap of 7,60m  in his sixth attempt, falling behind Jamaica’s Kamal Fuller, who finished with a leap of 7,61m.

He started last season on a positive note by winning the long jump event at the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship meet in United States last month.

The young Zimbabwean won the competition with a leap of 7,70m in his third attempt, prevailing over North Carolina State’s Jonathan Addison, who achieved the same mark on his fifth try.

The win was Madzivire’s second ACC indoor long jump title in three years while his teammate Jalen Ramsey claimed bronze with a leap of 7,36m.

He joins fellow Zimbabweans Ngoni Makusha and Brian Dzingai on the FSU list of all-time record holders.

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