Events: 60M (6.80), 100M (10.29), 200M (IN: 20.98; OUT: 20.50w/20.52)
SEC Men's Runner of the Week (March 29, 2016)
An SEC finalist in the 200-meter dash during both the indoor and outdoor seasons ... Scored two points for the Tigers in his debut at the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships while finishing seventh in the 200-meter final with a time of 21.11 seconds ... Clocked an indoor personal best of 20.98 in the qualifying round to advance to his first career SEC final ... Added a seventh-place finish in the 200-meter final at the SEC Outdoor Championships while running wind-legal times of 20.62 (+1.3) in the prelims and 20.60 (+0.4) in the final ... An NCAA Championships qualifier in both the 100 meters and 200 meters during the outdoor season ... An NCAA semifinalist in the 100-meter dash while finishing in 23rd place overall at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon ... Advanced to the NCAA semifinals as the eighth-place finisher in the 100-meter quarterfinals at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Florida ... Clocked 10.42 (+0.1) in the first round of qualifying and 10.34 (+1.3) in the national quarterfinals of the 100 meters at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds ... Also lined up in the 200-meter quarterfinals at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds ... Ran the third leg of LSU's 4x100-meter relay team that lined up in the NCAA semifinals at Oregon's Hayward Field ... Teamed with Jaron Flournoy, Renard Howell and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake on the foursome that returned to the NCAA final with the third-fastest time of the semifinal round at 38.73 ... The Tigers were crowned NCAA Champions in the sprint relay with a winning time of 38.42 in the national final ... Also ran on winning 4x100-meter relay teams at the Hurricane Twilight (39.33), Texas Invitational (38.95) and LSU Alumni Gold (38.94) during the outdoor season ... Opened his outdoor season by sprinting to a wind-legal PR of 20.52 (+0.5) to win the 200-meter title at Miami's Hurricane Twilight ... Honored as the SEC Men's Runner of the Week for his performance at the Hurricane Twilight ... Ran a career-best wind-aided time of 20.50 (+2.4) for third place in the 200 meters at the Texas Invitational ... Clocked a wind-legal PR of 10.29 (+1.2) in his first 100-meter race of the season at the Battle on the Bayou where he also took third place ... Placed 14th in 100-meter qualifying at the SEC Outdoor Championships ... Also ran the 100 meters at the LSU Alumni Gold (10.35w) and LSU Invitational (10.31w) during the outdoor season ... Ran his fastest 60-meter race in his season debut in the event at the Bayou Bengal Invitational where he crossed the finish line in 6.80 in the preliminary round ... Followed by running 6.86 for fourth place in the event final ... Finished 15th in the 60 meters at the SEC Indoor Championships with a prelim time of 6.82 ... Added a time of 6.81 in the qualifying round at the Power Five Conference Clash ... Finished runner-up in the 200-meter dash at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic with an altitude-adjusted time of 21.22 ... Followed by running 21.21 for fourth place at the Tyson Invitational ... Also ran the 200 meters indoors at the Power Five Conference Clash (21.45) and Razorback Invitational.
PRIOR TO LSU
Transferred to LSU after competing for two seasons at Oral Roberts University in the Southland Conference … A finalist in both the 60 meters and 200 meters at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships during his freshman season in 2014 … Placed eighth in the 60-meter final in his Southland Conference debut … Clocked indoor seasonal bests of 6.83 in the 60 meters and 21.42 in the 200 meters in a runner-up finish at the 2014 Air Force Collegiate Open … Followed outdoors by scoring the Southland Conference Outdoor silver medal in the men's 200-meter dash when he raced to a seasonal-best wind-legal time of 21.13 (+1.6) for second place in the final at the 2014 SLC Outdoor Championships held in Conway, Arkansas … Qualified for the 200-meter final with a run of 21.20 (+0.3) in the preliminary round … Arrived in the United States from his native Zimbabwe where he was named the National Junior Sportsman of the Year and the MVP at a national meet in 2010 … Won the 100-meter and 200-meter junior titles at his national championship for four-straight years from 2009-12 … Ran his career-best times of 10.41w in the 100 meters and 20.99 in the 200 meters during his time as a youth in Zimbabwe … Claimed the African Junior silver medal in the 100-meter dash during the 2011 outdoor season when he took second place in the final with a time of 10.68 (-1.5) at the African Junior Championships held that year at the University of Botswana Stadium … Clocked a wind-legal PR of 10.63 (+0.9) in the first round of qualifying and a career-best wind-aided time of 10.41 (+3.4) in the semifinal round to advance to the African Junior final … Clocked back-to-back personal bests of 21.21 (+0.4) in the first round of qualifying and 20.99 (-0.3) in the semifinal round of the 200-meter dash at the 2011 African Junior Championships … Also anchored Zimbabwe to the African Junior silver medal in the 4x100-meter relay in 2011 with a time of 41.66 in the sprint relay final … Represented Zimbabwe at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010, earning a sixth-place finish in the 100-meter final.
Full name is Tinashe Samuel Mutanga … Born on Jan. 27, 1993 … Father is the late Sam Mutanga and mother is Rozalia Mutanga … Has three siblings, Munashe Mutanga, Vimbai Mutanga and Jean Gotora … Honored as the Business Studies Student of the Year at Eaglesvale High School during his prep career … Majoring in pre-humanities and social science.