Two Tigers medal at ASD Invitational
Northwestern’s Trevor Cunningham started off the season competing in two jumping events along with the 110-meter hurdles. After two meets competing in the triple jump, Cunningham ditched that for the other hurdle event, the 300-meter.
The decision has certainly panned out well.
Cunningham, who took bronze in the 300-meter hurdles, was one of two Tigers that medaled at last week’s Allentown School District Track and Field Invitational at J. Birney Crum Stadium. David VanBlargan also took third in the pole vault event.
“I just recently started doing this event, so I had to get used to it,” Cunningham said. “That was another big factor. I didn’t really know how to run the race in terms of pacing myself.”
Cunningham had been doing the 110-meter hurdles last season, but that approach is a bit different than the 300. He already had the technique, and now he’s perfecting his stamina.
Souderton’s Colin Harker and Stroudsburg’s Jahmaal Buckley placed first and second with identical times of 40.64. Cunningham finished right behind that duo in 41.52 ticks.
“Just doing the 110 hurdles I had the form and everything, and I had a pretty good 400 time,” Cunningham said. “So they decided to throw me in there and I turned out very well.”
Friday’s showing at ASD was one of the best races he has run in the 300 hurdles. Part of it can be credited to running on a much smoother, cleaner surface compared to the one at Northwestern.
But his familiarity with the event and continued progression is another part of the success, which in turn led to a better start off the line.
“In previous races I was coming out pretty slow in the beginning,” Cunningham said. “This time, finally running on a good track instead of cinders, I really started out well and finished strong.”
Cunnigham placed 15th in the 110 hurdles, 17th in long jump, where he set a personal best of 19 feet, seven inches, and helped the boys’ 4x800 relay team place 13th. But it’s going to be the 300 hurdles that he focuses on as the Colonial League Track and Field Championships get underway next week, followed by districts the week after.
“I like the 110s better because obviously there’s not as much running,” Cunningham said. “But I think I have a better shot at being successful in the 300 hurdles, so I’m kind of leaning towards that.”
Chet Karpyn rounded out the top-five finishers on the boys’ side with placing fifth in the shot put. His throw of 45 feet, five inches was 11 inches shy of second-place finisher Derek Reber of Blue Mountain.
On the girls’ side, Emily Renner finished fifth in the 200-meter dash, and Madeline Consuelos placed sixth in the 800-meter run. The Lady Tigers’ 4x800 meter relay team came in fourth and came up just shy of earning a medal.