Vashti Cunningham named top track athlete

Bishop Gorman junior Vashti Cunningham was named the Gatorade Nevada Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year on Wednesday.

Cunningham set a national record in the high jump this spring, clearing 6 feet, 4¼ inches at the Mt. SAC Relays in California.

Cunningham failed to clear a height in the event at the Division I state meet, but came back to win the long jump with a mark of 19-2½.

That jump was the best in Nevada this year.

Cunningham won both events at the Sunset Region meet, clearing 6-4 in the high jump and posting a mark of 17-5 in the long jump.