Joseph N. Nzau

Track, 1977-1982

Often referred to as the pioneer of Kenyan running, Joe is perhaps the greatest track athlete ever at the University of Wyoming. A four-year letterman from 1977-82, Nzau was a six-time All-America and voted Wyoming’s Most Valuable Track Athlete all four years he competed. As a freshman at UW, Nzau finished 21st in the country in cross country and helped Wyoming finish third NCAA Championships. That year he earned his first All-America honor. As a sophomore, Nzau was two-time All-America in the 10,000 meters and fourth in the 3,000 meter steeple chase. As a senior, Joe would round out his collegiate career with his sixth All-America honor, with a fourth-place finish in the 10,000 meters. After graduating from UW with a degree in engineering, Joe competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Calif., for his native Kenya. In the `84 Summer Games, he would finish sixth in the marathon and 10th in the 10,000 meters.

Inducted September 19, 1997

Honors and Awards

  • Six-time All-America
  • Voted Wyoming’s Most Valuable Track Athlete four years
  • Competed for Kenya in the 1984 Olympic Games