First-year Cor’shauna Cunningham (Strasburg, Va./Warren County) has only competed in three collegiate meets, and she’s already making EMU track & field history. Her throws have landed her in the record books: No. 4 in discus and No. 8 in shot put.
She’s also No. 2 this season in the ODAC in both events - 37.06m (121’ 7”) in the discus and 11.96m (39’ 3”) in the shot.
“We knew Cor'shauna had a lot of talent before she ever decided to join the team,” said Associate Coach Erick Camodeca. “We were thrilled once we found out she would be competing for us.”
About a month ago, Cor’shauna came to the track & field team fresh off the basketball court. Cor’shauna was also a multi-sport athlete in high school, except then she did three sports.
“When I came here and realized that I also could do more than one sport,” she said, “I decided ‘why not do the two sports that I normally do that I’m good at, just here?’”
While Cor’shauna enjoys her two sports, this approach can make for a busy schedule, especially when academics are factored into the mix.
“But I do find a way to make time for all of it,” Cor’shauna said.
Her basketball conditioning has been helpful for her to get through Coach Camodeca’s sprint drills. As a thrower, she wasn’t expecting to have running be a part of her training.
“His way of training us all together and making us run and condition and stuff, it is unique,” she explained, “because I didn’t think he’d want all of us to run and train together.”
However, the results results speak for themselves.
“It has made a difference,” Cor’shauna said. “The extra conditioning, plus the conditioning I do individually as a thrower, helps with my speed in the circle as well as strength.”
Cor’shauna joined the track & field team just in time for the Royals’ first home meet since 2008.
“When I heard about it I was kind of excited,” she said. “I was like ‘oh wow, that means like maybe we’ve made a difference in the track & field area.’”
Coach Camodeca agrees.
“We know everyone around the conference is starting to pay attention to us,” he said, “and it is thanks to our talented hard working athletes like Cor'shauna.”
Cor’shauna is proud of her accomplishments so far this season.
“It feels really good,” she said, “because I wasn’t expecting to get as far as I did in such a short amount of time after basketball, so I’m actually pretty happy and satisfied with where I’m at.”
Coach Camodeca is looking forward to seeing how the end of her season plays out.
“She still has so much to learn and prove over the next week,” Coach Camodeca said.
“My hopes are to at least to get past my PR and if I can do that I’ll be really really happy about it,” Cor’shauna said, “because I’m not too close to it, but I will be.”
Her next three years at EMU hold a lot of promise as well.
“Cor'shauna and I talked about what her future can be here,” said Coach Camodeca, “and we believe it involves NCAAs in another year.”
Cor’shauna is looking towards the future as well.
“My track career has been great so far,” she said. “I’m pretty excited for what next year is going to be like.”
-- by Elizabeth Nisly, EMU Sports Information Writing Intern