TALLAHASSEE – Trey Cunningham’s junior season is off to a memorable start, which has not gone unnoticed. Florida State’s hurdle star make his second consecutive appearance on The Bowerman Watch List, just a week after equaling the No. 8 60-meter hurdles time in collegiate history.
Cunningham, the NCAA leader in at 7.52 following his victory at the Texas Tech Invitational, is one of eight athletes returning to The Bowerman Watch List at the midway point of the indoor season from the Preseason Watch List. Northern Arizona distance runner Tyler Day and Tennessee high jumper Darryl Sullivan are the new additions to the 10-member list.
They are joined by returning watch list athletes: Devin Dixon, Texas A&M; Gleb Dudarev, Kansas; Johannes Erm, Georgia; Quincy Hall, South Carolina; JuVaughn Harrison, LSU; Chris Nilsen, South Dakota and Trevor Stewart, North Carolina A&T. In all, 19 men received votes for the mid-indoor update.
Cunningham is the first Seminole to make consecutive appearances on watch list in six years, dating to James Harris in 2014. His role has been instrumental in the Seminoles’ No. 1 ranking since the preseason.
“It’s good to have the Florida State brand in The Bowerman discussion; to have our name on the list and him in the mix,” FSU coach Bob Braman said of his star from Winfield, Ala. “God willing and he stays healthy, he’s going to be on it every week this year, all the way until they award the award in December. And God willing, he’s going to be on that list all next year. He’s that good and it’s great to have our brand out there.”
Capping the first, three-round competition of his career at Texas Tech, Cunningham lowered his NCAA-leading time in both the semifinals (7.57) and finals. Two of the four-fastest times in his career came at the meet in Lubbock, Texas, continuing a season which has already produced six of the 10 fastest times in his career through three meets.
In addition to matching the No. 8 time in NCAA history (7.52) alongside Alabama’s Ron Bramlett (2002) and South Carolina’s Terrence Trammell (1999), Cunningham gained sole possession of the Florida State and ACC records, which he previously shared with NCAA champion Drew Brunson.
Idle this weekend, Cunningham will return to action at Clemson’s Tiger Paw Invitational, Feb. 14-15. That will be his final tune-up before pursuing his third consecutive ACC Indoor 60-meter hurdle title.