Vashti Cunningham

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Vashti Cunningham
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Personal information
NationalityAmerican
Born (1998-01-18) January 18, 1998 (age 22)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight122 lb (55 kg)
Sport
SportTrack and field
Event(s)High jump
ClubNIKE
Turned pro2016
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)High jump outdoor: 2.00 m (6 ft 6 12 in) (Doha 2019)
High jump indoor: 1.99 m (6 ft 6 14 in) (USA 2016)

Vashti Cunningham (born January 18, 1998)[2] is an American track and field athlete specializing in the high jump. She is the daughter of retired National Football League (NFL) quarterback Randall Cunningham, niece of retired NFL fullback Sam Cunningham, and the younger sister of Randall Cunningham II. Her mother is Felicity de Jager Cunningham a former ballerina with the Dance Theatre of Harlem.[3] Vashti, like her brother two years ahead of her in school, jumped for Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada until March 2016 when she signed with Nike. She announced she will continue her education at a university while competing as a professional athlete.[4]

On April 18, 2015, at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California, Cunningham jumped 1.94 m (6 ft 4 14 in),[5] to set the new national high school record. At age 17, that was also equal to the No. 4 world Youth mark (under 19 years old).[6] At that date it was the No. 3 mark in the world in 2015.[7] She was named USATF Athlete of the Week for that performance.[8] On June 27, 2015 she won the U.S. Junior National Championship.[9] A month later at the 2015 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships, she improved again, jumping 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in). That mark equaled the World Youth Best.

On March 12, 2016, Vashti jumped 1.99 m (6 ft 6 14 in) while winning the 2016 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Portland, Oregon.[10] The mark established a new World Junior Record. At the time, just one week before the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships, which were held in the same facility in the Portland convention center, Cunningham's jump was the No. 1 jump in the world in 2016.[11] Eight days later, she won the World Indoor Championship.

In March 2017, Cunningham jumped 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) to win at 2017 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships. On April 15, 2017, Cunningham jumped 1.94 m (6 ft 4 14 in) to win in Torrance, California at Mt. SAC Relays, two weeks later she jumped 1.95 m (6 ft 4 34 in) to win at Penn Relays. Cunningham jumped 1.95 m (6 ft 4 34 in) to place 3rd behind World Champion Mariya Lasitskene on May 27 in Eugene at IAAF Diamond League 2017 Prefontaine Classic. On June 23, Cunningham jumped 1.99 m (6 ft 6 14 in) to win in 2017 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Sacramento State University. On July 9, 2017, Cunningham jumped 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in) to place 2nd at London Müller Anniversary Games. On July 21, 2017, Cunningham jumped 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in) to place 3rd at IAAF Diamond League 2017 Herculis in Fontvieille, Monaco. On August 12, 2017, Cunningham jumped 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in) to place 10th at World Championships.

On February 18, Cunningham jumped 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in) to win third consecutive high jump indoor title and 4th US senior title at 2018 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico. On March 1, Cunningham jumped 1.93 m (6 ft 3 34 in) to place second behind World Champion Mariya Lasitskene in high jump at 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
2015 Pan American Junior Championships Edmonton, Alberta 1st High jump 1.96 m[a]
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, Oregon 1st High jump 1.96 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 13th High jump 1.88 m
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 10th High jump 1.92 m
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 2nd High jump 1.93 m
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 3rd High jump 2.00 m
a Pan American Junior Championships meet record; World youth best
2019 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Staten Island NY 1st High Jump 1.96

USA National Championships[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2016 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Portland, Oregon 1st High jump 1.99 m
US Olympic Trials Eugene, Oregon 2nd High jump 1.97 m[a]
2017 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Albuquerque, New Mexico 1st High jump 1.96 m
USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Sacramento, California 1st High Jump 1.99 m American Junior Outdoor Record
2018 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Albuquerque, New Mexico 1st High jump 1.97 m
USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Des Moines, Iowa 1st High Jump 1.95 m
2019 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Staten Island, New York 1st High jump 1.96 m
USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Des Moines, Iowa 1st High jump 1.96 m
2020 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Albuquerque, New Mexico 1st High jump 1.97 m[12]
a American junior record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IAAF: Las Vegas high jumper Cunningham is a good bet for Cali- News - iaaf.org". Iaaf.org. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  2. ^ [1] Archived April 7, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "A Gifted High Jumper Gets Set To Leap Onto The World Stage". Npr.org. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Bishop Gorman's Vashti Cunningham turns pro, signs with Nike". Reviewjournal.com. March 21, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  5. ^ [2] Archived April 27, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "IAAF: High Jump - women - u18 - outdoor - iaaf.org". Iaaf.org. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  7. ^ "IAAF: High Jump - women - senior - outdoor - 2015 - iaaf.org". Iaaf.org. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  8. ^ [3] Archived October 8, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Women High Jump JR". Flashresults.com. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  10. ^ "Women High Jump". Flashresults.com. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "IAAF: Teenage star Cunningham flies high at US Indoor Championships- News - iaaf.org". Iaaf.org. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  12. ^ Vashti Cunningham, a Nike professional representing the Nevada Gazzelles, won the women's high jump title for the fifth year in a row with a third-attempt clearance at 6-5.50 (1.97m) at the Toyota USATF Indoor Championships at Albuquerque Convention Center in New Mexico. Cunningham remained undefeated in nine indoor competitions in the U.S. in her career, including four in Albuquerque. She also became the first American female athlete to win the indoor high jump crown five years in a row. DyeStat.com

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