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Rancho Verde’s Cunningham, Upland’s Anderson win track titles at Brooks PR

By in Press Enterprise on June 20, 2017

By Jeffrey Parenti, Eric-Paul Johnson, Landon Negri, Gabriel Rizk

Extending their outstanding high school track seasons into the post-CIF calendar, Ranch Verde’s Isaiah Cunningham and Upland’s Joseph Anderson each won races Saturday at the Brooks PR national meet in Seattle.

For Anderson, who won both hurdles at the CIF-State championships and is the national leader in the 110-meter race, it wasn’t certain if he would run after being hospitalized in the early morning hours on race day.

He tweeted: “I was rushed to the hospital on the ambulance at 3am because I stopped breathing in the middle of the night last night still schedule to run.”

I was rushed to the hospital on the ambulance at 3am because I stopped breathing in the middle of the night last night still schedule to run

— Joseph Anderson (@Salute_kingjoe) June 17, 2017

After getting checked out and released, Anderson said it was his choice to compete as planned. It was his third trip to this event and first victory, covering the 110 hurdles distance in 13.68 into a 2.4 mps wind.

That time was well off his state-winning San Bernardino County record of 13.33, which ranks No. 1 nationally this season, but it was good enough to edge Trey Johnson, the Arizona state runner-up from Tolleson Union HS, who was second in 13.75.

Also in that field, Anthony Easter of Eastvale Roosevelt, fourth at the CIF-State final, was fourth in 14.06.

Both the Oregon-bound Anderson and UC Davis-bound Easter are scheduled to extend their seasons at least another week at the USA Track & Field Junior Championships this weekend in Sacramento.

Cunningham, who posted the third-fastest 100-meter time in Riverside County history 10.32 seconds earlier this season, won the straight sprint as part of an abbreviated 12-event program at Seattle’s Shoreline Stadium.

Cunningham won the 100m in 10.53 seconds into a 1.7 meters […]    

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