NFL Great Randall Cunningham’s Daughter, Vashtie, Setting Records In High Jump
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Legendary NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham revolutionized his position by becoming the game’s biggest running-throwing threat during his era.
Now its is his daughter, Vashtie Cunningham, that has all eyes on her as she has become the youngest athlete to win a title at any indoor event at 18 years, 62 days.
Vashtie Cunningham won the gold medal in the women’s high jump at the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Portland, OR on Sunday afternoon (March 20, 2016).
Cunningham attends Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas), the same high school where Snoop Dogg’s son, Cordell Broadus, played football, and she cleared 1.96 meters on her first attempt to win the gold over Ruth Beita, 36, of Spain and Kamila Licwinko, 29, of Poland.
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Cunningham also won the women’s high jump at the U.S. indoor track and field championships last week by making the best high jump by a woman in 2016 and setting a junior world record after clearing 6 feet, 6 1/4 inches. This jump earned her a special invitation to the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships, although the March 7 deadline had passed for qualifying.
Watch Vashtie Cunnigham’s jump that set the junior world record, her own national high school record and earned her special invite:
Cunningham now has to make a decision on her final high school season as to whether she will turn pro or not.
Her father, former Philadelphia Eagles great Randall Cunningham, is her coach and will help guide her next move.
This is just another example of the fruit not falling far from the tree.
Vashti Cunningham is not just competing with, but easily beating women twice her age in the high jump. Despite her lack of experience professionally in the sport, she finds herself as the country’s best chance to win the gold medal at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The U.S. Olympic Trials are July 1-10 in Eugene, OR.
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