Cunningham is headed to Ship
Trevor Cunningham knew the moment he crossed the line that he had done it.
The Northwestern senior qualified for this week’s PIAA Championships with a second-place finish in the Class 3A 300-meter hurdles at last week’s District 11 meet at Blue Mountain High School.
“It’s awesome, I’m very excited for it,” said Cunningham. “As soon as I crossed the finish line, I knew I was going. I got second, but I also heard my coach scream excitedly because I got it. It’s a great feeling.”
Cunningham (39.51) was second to Wilson’s Job Goodman, who won the race with a time of 39.89.
“It definitely helps with having him there,” Cunningham said of Goodman. “I know where I should be.
“But even talking to him, I know having me behind him and being close like that, it even helps push him. We’ve talked about that, just how we help each other. Honestly, It’s nice to have someone there. But at the same time, it would be nice to win once.”
Joking aside, Cunningham acknowledged he wasn’t completely at ease heading into the district meet.
“I actually had a lot of nerves going into this,” he said. “I knew the Easton kid (Michael Couch, who finished third in 39.70) and coming around that (last) turn I saw two Easton kids (Katrell Thompson, who finished sixth in 40.66) ahead of Job and myself, and I was a little nervous. I got a little scared there.
“But we pulled ahead there, and I eventually got by the second Easton kid to finish second and I’m super excited about that.”
Cunningham is familiar with Goodman, a Colonial League rival. But positions three-through-eight in the district race were made up of athletes from either the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference or the Schuylkill League.
The different competition made last Tuesday’s event a bit of an unknown.
“I think it does a little bit mentally, just knowing that the EPC has a lot bigger schools,” Cunningham said. “That definitely has a little bit of an effect on the mindset.
“But it was nice to get the Colonial League going first and second at districts. That’s honestly a big thing for us.”
The next hurdle for Cunningham will come at the PIAA Championships at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium.
“I’m excited to be out there at states,” he said.
Cunningham (15.17) was also fourth in the 110 hurdle finals. Goodman won with a time of 14.56.
Northwestern’s Tyler Derr (11-9) was fifth in the Class 3A pole vault.
In the girls’ competition, Madeline Consuelos (11:37.96) was sixth in the Class 3A 3200. Consuelos (2:22.16) was seventh in the 800.