MT. ZION — Savannah Cunningham is fired up for her final season on the track at Calhoun County, but the tri-sport star is looking forward to her next chapter at Concord University.
A student with a 4.0 GPA in class, the soon-to-be Red Devil ex said she plans to major in exercise science in hopes of becoming a physical therapist.
Although Cunningham was the starting goaltender for four years at CCHS where she was the Class A second team last year, she won’t be playing football in college. The senior finished with 998 career points and is Calhoun County’s all-time career steals and assists leader.
“They offered me to come and play for them too, but I think it will be too much”, Cunningham spoke about Concord’s basketball program as she opted to just run cross country and track.
“Davis & Elkins was watching me for basketball and I was watching Fairmont State, but I decided Concord was my best bet. Basketball is too mentally draining. It hurts my feelings so much.
The Red Devils qualified for the regional co-final this year and in 2021 became the first CCHS team to reach the state tournament.
Cunningham said she also had offers to compete at Glenville State, but she really loved everything about the Athens campus when she visited a few months ago.
“The buildings were really beautiful and I like everything they have to offer,” she says. “I met the team while I was there too, and they seemed really nice.”
Along with being a Little Kanawha Conference cross country athlete, Cunningham swept the 100, 400 and 800 at the regional track meet. She placed sixth in the 100m for Class A and narrowly missed the podium in the 400m by less than a second.
“Hopefully our 4 by 8 team will return to the state and hope to place in more than one event in the state,” Cunningham added expectations this spring. “I definitely need more muscle in my arms, that’s for sure.
“I have little chicken noodle arms. I just need to work on my extra distances. My speed is usually there and I need to work to get out of blocks on track.
Cunningham said making LKC’s first all-companion cross-country team and winning all of its events at regionals are his best racing moments to date.
“Seniority has made its appearance. It started three years ago”, Cunningham joked. “Certainly, I think it will be fine (in college as a student-athlete). It’s boring doing schoolwork, but I think when I go to college I’ll do better.
One memory Cunningham said she won’t soon forget was from last year’s state meet before the 800.
“We saw it coming and completely downpour”, she remembered the massive rainstorm. “They made us stand there for five minutes before the gunshot.”
Cunningham, who is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, said she plans to spend most of the summer running and is awaiting a training plan from Concord.
With graduation scheduled for May 20, Cunningham noted that she would likely forgo the 400 for the 200 before regionals because the 400 at the state is graduation day.
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