TALLAHASSEE – Trey Cunningham sits on top of the World as the fastest 60-meter hurdler, thanks in part to the daily competition he gets from his Florida State teammates, like Caleb Parker.
On a smaller scale, Cunningham and Parker are equals this week, earning ACC Performer of the Week honors following their strong performances at Clemson’s Bob Pollock Invitational over the weekend.
Cunningham, one of 10 men on the watch list for The Bowerman – presented to the nation’s top collegiate track & field athlete – posted his second win in as many starts this season. The junior from Winfield, Ala. claimed the 60-meter hurdle title on Friday with a season-best time of 7.57 in the final to edge his teammates Parker (7.68) and Braxton Canady (7.73) in a 1-2-3 sweep.
For his efforts, Cunningham picked up his second ACC Track Performer of the Week honor.
Not only did Cunningham lower his own NCAA-leading time (7.64), but his performance placed him at the top of the World list, ahead of USA’s Aaron Mallett (7.59). It’s worth noting that Parker ranks second in the NCAA and fourth in the World.
“Trey has such a high bar to measure his performances, but even by his standards he had a great race at Clemson,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “He ran his second-fastest time [in a final] ever.”
Parker, a senior transfer from Southern Miss, wasn’t finished posting impressive marks. On Saturday the Stafford, Texas native was locked in a head-to-head battle with Georgia All-American Darius Carbin in the high jump.
In his one-off event, Parker was the first man to clear 2.20 meters (7-2.5) – and indoor career best by four centimeters – on his third and final attempt. While Carbin responded on his third try and went on to win the competition with a clearance of 2.23.
Still, the runner-up finish was good enough to thrust Parker into the NCAA Indoor Championships picture, which could well be key for the nation’s top-ranked Seminoles. His ACC-leading clearance is tied for ninth nationally.
“Caleb is just an incredible athlete,” Braman said. “For him to open his high jump season at this height is unheard of.”
Cunningham and Parker are part of a large contingent traveling to Lubbock, Texas for this weekend’s Texas Tech Invitational where they will compete against a loaded field in the 60-meter hurdles.