800-meter specialist who returns for his fourth season... was regarded as the most improved performer in the 2004 season.
2005: Ran the 800 meters in four meets during the indoor campaign... best effort was a third place finish at the Clemson Invitational when he ran a 1:53.17... was on the fourth place DMR and ran the 800 meter relay at the SEC Championships... only ran once during the outdoor season, turning in a 1:52.95 800-meters at the Weems Baskin Relays before being redshirted.
2004: Voted the Most Improved athlete following the season... placed first in the 800m at the SEC Invitational with a time of 1:55.29... placed fourth in the 800m at the Meet of Champions with a time of 1:53.19... claimed first with a time of 1:52.78 at the Weems Baskin Relays to open the outdoor season... ran 1:50.99 in his heat at the SEC Championships.
2003: Placed seventh in the 800 meters during his USC debut at the George Mason Early Invitational... placed 18th in the 800m at Florida Invitational and 17th in 800m at Meet of Champions... placed eighth in the 800m run with an outdoor season best time of 1:56.93 at the Orange & Purple Classic... ran the 800m leg on the distance medley relay at the SEC Championships.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Hilton Head (S.C.) High School... coached by Chuck Rudolph... lettered in track & field (2000-02), cross country (1998-01) and basketball (2000-02)... was the state champion in the 800-meter run in 2001 and 2002... ran on the state champion 4x800m relay team in 2000... the relay team finished third at the state championships in 2001... named the track team's most valuable athlete in 2001 and 2002 and the cross country most valuable athlete in 2000 and 2001... placed fourth at the South Carolina State Championship.
PERSONAL: Shawn Cunningham was born July 26, 1984 in Columbia, S.C... parents are Bobby and Linda Cunningham... is a physcial education major at Carolina... hobbies include juggling and playing pool.