By Luke Brantley
Eugene, Ore. - Winfield native Trey Cunningham finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles final during the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, June 26. Cunningham just missed out on making the trip to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics, but set a personal best time of 13.21 seconds.
The winner of the final race was Grant Holloway, who crossed the finish line with a time of 12.96. Devon Allen was second with a time of 13.10 and Daniel Roberts was third with a time of 13.11.
Cunningham, a recent graduate of Florida State University and the 2021 ACC Champion in the 110-meter hurdles, ran in the first round on Friday, June 25.
It was one of two times he set a personal best time, coming in at 13.23 seconds and finishing in second place. In the final round on Saturday, Cunningham set another personal record but fell just shy of the podium and the Olympics in Tokyo.
Cunningham’s previous record was 13.28 seconds, which he set at the Tom Jones Invitational in April.
In 2018 and 2019, Cunningham advanced to the final round in the U.S. Championship.
Cunningham explained that to qualify for the Olympics, runners have to hit a standard time, which he hit during the Tom Jones meet in April. After that, he travelled to Oregon to compete for a spot on the final Olympic team. Cunningham said that even with the significance of the meet, he was just happy to be there.
“For this meet in particular, I was more just, ‘go with the flow,’ because I was just happy to be there,” he said. “I had an injury a month out that probably could have put me out of the season really easily, but I had a really good medical team that got me back. Overall, I love competing, so big meets like this are always fun, and they bring the best out of me, so I was just happy to be there.”
Cunningham said he was especially proud of how he did after not being able to practice for about a month due to his injury.
“I actually hurdled for the first time in a month the day before the competition, so I thought it went pretty well, besides not making the team,” he said.
Cunningham said he is disappointed to not make the podium, but was grateful for the opportunity.
“I was a little disappointed just to not get in the top three position, but I’m not disappointed,” he said. “I was just happy to be there, compete and do what I love.”
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