BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU track and field team is continuing to build for the coming season, following its latest recruit, Kudawashe Chadenga, Zimbabwe’s national record holder in the high jump. The LSU men’s track and field program, under the leadership of head Coach Dennis Shaver, proudly announced the signing of this four-time NJCAA high jump National Champion.
Chadenga, who previously competed at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, clinched two indoor and two outdoor high jump titles in just two seasons.
His next leap will be under the guidance of Coach Todd Lane, the same mentor behind LSU alumni JuVaughn Harrison’s recent silver at the World Athletics Championships.
At just 20 years old, Chadenga has impressive records with an outdoor jump of 2.22 meters (7’ 3.25”) and an indoor record of 2.26 meters (7’ 5”), placing him eighth in African high jump history.
Chadenga’s recent season saw him reaching 2.20 meters (7’ 2.5”) indoors and 2.24 meters (7’ 4.25”) outdoors. These feats not only etch his name in Zimbabwe’s record books but also mark his indoor PR as an NJCAA record.
Expressing his enthusiasm, Chadenga remarked, “I felt an instant connection with LSU. Their commitment to nurturing talent and Coach Todd’s impressive track record convinced me that this is where I can truly soar.”
Chadenga’s addition to the team is anticipated to bolster LSU’s track and field prospects, and fans are eagerly awaiting his debut.