Eighteen Douglas Tigers are set to compete today and Saturday at the NIAA State Track and Field Championships in Carson City.
Competition gets under way today at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m. at Carson High School’s Jim Frank Track and Field Complex. Athletes from each of Nevada’s four classifications — Division I, I-A, III and IV — will all be competing in the same stadium.
Douglas has 10 girls and eight boys competing over the two days.
Some blue chip athletes will be showcased as well. One of the featured events figures to be the boys high jump Saturday at 9:45 a.m. with Bishop Gorman senior Randall Cunningham Jr., who is undefeated in the event over the last two seasons and qualified at 7-1 (he won last year’s state title with a personal best jump of 7-3-1/4). His sophomore sister, Vashti Cunningham, cleared 6-3 to win her region championship last Saturday. Their father, Randall Cunningham Sr., was a star quarterback at UNLV and later with the NFL Philadelphia Eagles.
Dominic Smallwood of Silverado is coming off a 50-1 regional performance in the boys triple jump, which puts him within reach of the state record 51-1-1/4 in 2001 by Fallon’s Aarik Wilson, who went on to compete at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
In the boys discus, Reno Tuufuli of Liberty has a season-best of 196-10 at the Stanford Invitational last month that ranks No. 2 in the nation. Douglas seniors Marshall McKown and Colton Waggoner rank second and third in the event.