Vashti Cunningham betters her own national high school record in high jump

Vashti Cunningham betters her own national high school record in high jump

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Vashti Cunningham betters her own national high school record in high jump

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Vashti Cunningham, shown at the USA Championships in July, set a national high school record Saturday. (Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports)

Vashti Cunningham, shown at the USA Championships in July, set a national high school record Saturday. (Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports)

Vashti Cunningham just keeps setting her own standards.

The rising senior for Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) bettered her own national high school record, set the American Junior record and tied the World Youth record by clearing 6-5 (1.96 meters) in the high jump at the Pan Am Junior Championships in Edmonton. The jump also was a meet record and the No. 8 mark in World Junior history.

The previous national high school record was 6-4 1/4.

Vashti, whose dad is former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, won the gold medal when she cleared her first attempt at 6-1 and all her challengers bowed out.

MORE: 60 for ’16 profile on Vashti Cunningham

She attempted to push the record to 6-6 1/4 but missed three times.

Her performance was part of a strong effort by Team USA, which won 20 medals on Day 2 of the meet. Of those 20, 11 were gold.

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