Junior Logan Cunningham will look to go for a national championship on Friday when he competes in the third day of the 2012 NCAA Track & Field Championships held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
The pole vaulter will be making his third consecutive appearance on the national stage after also qualifying during the indoor season and the 2011 outdoor season.
Cunningham qualified for the national meet after clearing 5.40 meters (17-08.50) at the NCAA West Regional Preliminary Rounds meet in Austin on May 26. The height puts Cunningham in a tie with four other competitors for the top seed entering the championships.
Earlier this season, Cunningham set a new personal record with a vault of 5.53 meters (18-01.75) to win the Southland Conference championship. That performance was also tied for the third best in the NCAA this season.
“We are excited for Logan,” said head coach Dana Boone. “He has worked hard this year and has become a consistent national caliber performer. This is an exciting time not only for Logan, but for our program, as it puts our team in the national spotlight. We are very proud of Logan and all he has done for this program.”
Cunningham is one of 24 vaulters who will be in search of the NCAA crown on Friday, June 8 when the pole vault begins at 4:30 p.m. on the campus of Drake University.
Live video of the event will be available through ESPN3, which will have complete coverage of the NCAA Championships on Friday. Results will be available through NCAA.com and FlashResults.com, while GoDrakeBulldogs.com will also have resources, including quotes, notes, photos and event information.