Covering High School Sports in America
Former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham was known for his big arm and ability to run out of the pocket. Occasionally, he even jumped over would-be tacklers as well.

His son by the same name, an incoming junior at Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.), can easily soar right over a high jump bar. Cunningham Jr. won the National Junior Olympic high jump competition this week in Humble, Texas with a clearance of 7 feet, 2 inches.

According to, Cunningham just missed the national sophomore record of 7-3.50.

Cunningham will be Gorman's backup quarterback this season behind three-year starter Anu Solomon, but coach Tony Sanchez said the talented 6-foot-5, 180-pounder will be utilized both at wide receiver and in wildcat type situations.

File photo by Kirby Lee

Kendell Williams

Cunningham's performance was overshadowed by Kendell Williams, who will be a senior this fall at Kell (Marietta, Ga.). She dominated a record-setting event by winning the young women's long jump with a 2012 national-best leap of 20-6.75. She also won the high jump at 5-8 and the 100-meter hurdles in 13.68 seconds.

Though she will only be an eighth grader in the fall at American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), Daesha Rogers also made her presence felt by setting two age-group records in as many days. She won the 1500 in 4:36.79 and the 800 in 2:07.65.

Another Las Vegas product, Ashlie Blake, who will be a junior at Palo Verde (Las Vegas, Nev.), set a shot put record with a heave of 52-1. That is the No. 2 high school mark in 2012.