Coming off the best high jump by a woman in the world this year, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) senior Vashti Cunningham has received an invitation to the World Indoor Championships this week in Portland.
The International Association of Athletics Federations, the governing body of international track and field confirmed the invitation to The Oregonian.
She will be the youngest high jump finalist to ever compete at the World Indoors.
Cunningham, the daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, broke at least three records during the USATF indoor meet last weekend, also in Portland. Her jump of 6 feet, 6 1/4 inches toppled her own national high school record, the U.S. junior record and the world junior record.
Except the qualifying window for the World Indoors had closed March 7. That meant a special invitation would be required for her to compete.
As of now, Cunningham plans to compete for Gorman during her senior outdoor season, although she could opt to turn pro. The U.S. Olympic Trials are July 1 to 10 in Eugene, Ore.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, she has narrowed her college choices to Georgia, Oregon and Southern California. She would be able to sign a letter of intent during the signing period that begins April 13.
“I think that it would be better for me to go pro because of the level that I’m kind of at right now,” Vashti Cunningham told the newspaper. “But a big part of me would love to go to college and be on my own a little bit, going to school and stuff like that.”