Randall Cunningham sets complex High Jump record to culminate impressive first day of the Conference Clash in Birmingham, Alabama.
THIS YEAR: Junior All-American high jumper Randall Cunningham is the defending NCAA champion and a key member of the Trojan squad.
2016: Cunningham won the NCAA high jump title by going perfect through his first five jump and clearing the winning height of 7-4.50 (2.25m). That is an outdoor PR for Cunningham and moves him from fifth to tied for fourth on USC's all-time list. He became the 11th Trojan to win the NCAA HJ title. He was second in the HJ at the Pac-12 Championships with a clearance of 7-1.75 and at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet by going over 7-0.50. Helped USC's 4x100m relay reach the Pac-12 finals, by running ancher in the prelims as the Trojans were running out of bodies. He qualified in the high jump for the Olympic Trials but no heighted.
2015: He enjoyed an outstanding first season as a high jumper at USC, culminating with him becoming the only freshman All-American in the country in the event and the first Trojan freshman ever to earn that status. He opened up his outdoor career at USC with a jump of 6-9.50 to take fifth at the CSULA Invitational on March 7, but won at the Trojan Invitational with a jump of 7-1 (2.16m) on March 21 and would clear at least 7-1 in every other meet. He aslo won the USC-UCLA Dual Meet high jump title with a clearance of 7-2.50 (2.20m) on May 3. He set a then-PR with a jump of 7-4.25 (2.24m) to place second at the Florida Relays on April 4...that jump moved him into fifth on USC's all-time list and was a half-inch short of the USC freshman record. He took second at the Pac-12 Championships with a jump of 7-1 on May 17 and tied for eighth at the the same height at the NCAA Championships on June 12. Went on to win the high jump title at the USATF Junior Championships with a clearance of 7-2.50 (2.20m) and also won at the Pan Am Junior Championships with a jump of 7-1 on Aug. 2.
HIGH SCHOOL: Cunningham is a 2014 graduate of Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, Nev. He was named the 2013 Gatorade Nevada Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year. He is a two-time Nevada Division I high jump champion and a two-time AAU Junior Olympics high jump champion. In his 2014 wins, he cleared 6-11 at the Nevada state meet and 7-0 at the Junior Olympics. In 2013, he broke the Sunset Region high jump record which had stood for 36 years with a clearance of 7-0. As a senior his best clearance was 7-2.00 in winning at the Mt. SAC Relays...he won every meet he entered in which he cleared a height. In 2013 he cleared a personal best of 7-3.25 which led all high school high jumpers. Cunningham also played quarterback and led Gorman to its fifth consecutive state championship in 2014. In the title game, he rushed for 213 yards and four touchdowns, while completing 9 of 11 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown.
PERSONAL: Randall was born on January 4, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nev...His parents are Randall and Felicity...He has four siblings Vashti, Grace, Sophia and Christian...His father played quarterback in the NFL for 16 seasons and his uncle, Sam Cunningham, also attended USC and played football before an NFL career...Says his sports hero is his father...Lists his favorite food as pasta...Is majoring in Business Administration at USC.
CAREER BESTS: High Jump -- 7-4.50 (2.25m)