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Former Hampton University Track Standout to go into CIAA Hall of Fame
01/07/2019 - #134

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Former Hampton Lady Pirate track standout Thomasina Cunningham was recently announced as an inductee into the John B. McLendon Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Hall of Fame as part of the 2019 class.  She will be inducted on March 1 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

"I want to congratulate Thomasina Cunningham on her upcoming induction into the CIAA Hall of Fame," said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey.  "Her skills on the track made her a must-see race whenever she ran and she shined as much in the classroom as on the track."

Cunningham was one of the CIAA's top women's track and field athletes from Hampton University (formerly Institute) from 1981-84. As a freshman, Cunningham won the CIAA Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field 100m Hurdles, Outdoor Long Jump, and was a member of the Outdoor Sprint Medley team. That year she earned Rookie of the Year and Hampton Institute Track and Field MVP. Cunningham added three more CIAA championship trophies to her case: Outdoor 100m Hurdles (1984) and Outdoor Long Jump (1981, 1984).

She also earned several national championship trophies during her collegiate career including NAIA Indoor Track and Field Long Jump Champion (1982), Outdoor Track & Field 100m Hurdles Champion (1982-1984), and Indoor Track and Field 55m Hurdles Champion (1983-1984). 

Cunningham was named Hampton Institute Outstanding Performer in the 1981-82 and 1983-84 seasons. In addition to her on the track performance, she was also honored for her academics on several occasions. Cunningham was named Hampton Institute Outstanding Scholar Athlete (1982-83), four-time NAIA Women's Indoor Track and Field Academic All-American (1981-1984), and four-time NAIA Women's Outdoor Track and Field Academic All-American (1981-1984).

For more information on Hampton University track and field, please contact the Office of Sports Information at 757-727-5757 or visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.


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