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Nyasango inducted into ORU Hall of Fame

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ZIMBABWEAN female long-distance runner, Faith Kamangila Nyasango has been inducted into Oral Roberts University (ORU) Hall of Fame in recognition of her achievements during her college career in the US.

BY DANIEL NHAKANISO

The 33-year-old, who represented ORU’s track and cross-country team with distinction from 2004 to 2007, will be honoured at the official induction ceremony to be held at half-time of the ORU men’s basketball game against Indiana University today.

Nyasango, wife of Zimbabwean national marathon record holder and Olympian, Cuthbert, will be inducted alongside fellow former ORU student-athletes, Charleton Dechert (men’s golf), Sam McCants (men’s basketball) and Tyler Saladino (baseball), who also make up the 2017 class of inductees.

The long-distance runner, who left the country for the US on Thursday to attend the induction ceremony, thanked her coaches and teammates for their support and encouragement during her college career.

“What a great way to start 2017 being inducted in the ORU Hall of Fame,” Nyasango wrote on her Facebook page on Thursday.

“I would like to thank all my team members during the whole four years of my career, especially my roommate, Mable Kunihira Mahumuza, who used to push me to the limit and encourage me… Thank you coach, Alick Musukuma for being there for us and coach Chris Brown for telling me you can do it even when I didn’t believe in myself and coach Joe Dial for your encouragement, I couldn’t have done it without you,” Nyasango said.

A former student of Kuwadzana High School in the capital, Nyasango is one of the finest track and cross-country runners in ORU’s history.

She was named the Mid-Continent Conference league’s Runner of the Year three times (2004, 2005 and 2007) and was also the 2004 Newcomer of the Year.

Nyasango also holds the second fastest 6 000-metre time in conference history at 20:44.43 and holds three of the top 10 fastest 6 000-metre times in conference history.

She set a league record with 15 career Athlete of the Week honours and was one of only three athletes to win a single event four times.

In total, Nyasango won 12 event championships, including five indoor, four outdoor and three cross-country championships. Nyasango also remains the only ORU athlete to date to qualify for the prestigious National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships in the 5 000-metre run.

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