The state's returning Gatorade Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year, the 6-foot-1, 165-pound senior clocked a time of 13.35 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles at April's Mobile Challenge of Champions, which ranked as the nation's No. 2 time among prep competitors this season at the time of his selection. Only five prep boys in history have run faster times. Cunningham also broke the tape in the 110 hurdles at the Class 4A state meet with a state-record time of 13.97. The teen added a fourth-place finish in the long jump (21 feet-4.75 inches) to lift the Pirates to second place as a team, but injured his hamstring on his lone leap and was forced to withdraw from two sprint events. As a junior, he took silver in the 110 hurdles at the 2016 New Balance Nationals Outdoor. Cunningham holds the World Junior (U20) record indoors in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.40.
Cunningham has maintained a 4.02 GPA in the classroom and has signed a national letter of intent to compete on an athletic scholarship at Florida State University beginning this fall.
Having served as a student body representative, Cunningham has volunteered locally on behalf of a theater company and the Special Olympics in addition to donating his time coaching youth track athletes. "Trey has never let his accomplishments alter his humbleness," said Winfield City head coach Steve Reaves. "He's a true pleasure to coach and be around. He's a team-oriented athlete and a wonderful ambassador for high school track." "Despite being affected by a few nagging injuries during his outdoor season, Cunningham still persevered to defend his state 110 hurdles title and remain a significant figure at the national level," said Erik Boal, editor for Dyestat.com. "He was also one of the stars of an exceptional New Balance Nationals Indoor meet, with his national high school and World Junior (U20) record performance in the 60-meter hurdles-a showcase of his speed, power and technical abilities."