After a third place finish in the Conference USA outdoor 400 meters as a sophomore and a second place finish a year ago, Larissa Bakasa is expected to challenge for the conference title in the quartermile and is a potential national qualifier in her senior year.
A former IAAF Zimbabwean Junior Athlete of the Year, Bakasa is also expected to run a leg on the Frogs' 4x400 meter relay team.
Specialized in the 400 meters during both the indoor and outdoor seasons... also ran on the Frogs' 4x400 meter relay unit.
Took first place honors at the Air Force Indoor Classic on February 8, logging a time of 55.70.
Placed fourth at the C-USA Indoor Championships with a career-best indoor mark of 55.58.
Ran the leadoff leg on TCU's indoor 4x400 meter relay squad which placed third at the conference meet with a time of 3:49.38.
Earned all-conference honors with a silver medal in the 400 at the C-USA Outdoor Championships... turned in a time of 53.78 seconds.
Ran the leadoff leg on TCU's 4x400 meter relay squad which placed third at the conference meet with a time of 3:41.34.
Competed at the Midwest Region meet in the 400... turned in her career-best time of 53.52 seconds during the prelims to advance to the finals... placed eighth at the region meet with a time of 54.71.
Competed in both the open quarter and on the 4x400 relay squad.
Turned in her best indoor time of the season at the C-USA Championships, posting a 57.36 clocking for a fifth place finish.
Ran the leadoff leg on the 4x400 meter relay squad which placed third at the conference indoor championships with a time of 3:46.42.
Won the TCU Invitational 400 meters with a time of 55.07.
Placed third in the C-USA outdoor 400 meters with a time of 53.80.
Ran the leadoff leg on the 4x400 meter relay unit that won the TCU Invitational in 3:40.85.
Ran the leadoff leg on the 4x4 quartet that set a school record and posted an NCAA provisional mark with a 3:37.77 mark at the Conference USA Outdoor meet, good for a second place finish.
Quartermiler posted her best indoor time of 56.84 at the Tyson Invitational in Arkansas.
Turned in her best time during the outdoor season at the WAC Championships with a mark of 54.92 to place fifth.
Ran the leadoff leg on TCU's 4x4 relay team... the unit finished second at the indoor conference meet with a time of 3:49.19 and placed third at the WAC outdoor meet with an NCAA provisional time of 3:38.85.
Graduated from Eaglesvale High in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2000... high school coach was Dave Gardner.
Represented Zimbabwe on the national junior and senior teams, competing in the 200, 400, long jump and 4x400 relay.
Set the Zimbabwe high school national record at 400 meters with a time of 55.08.
Lettered four times in track, three times in cross country and twice in swimming & diving.
Varaidzo Larissa Bakasa was born on September 6, 1982... mother's name is Selina Bakasa.
Pursuing a criminal justice degree at TCU... dream job would be working as a forensic scientist.