Cedric Mays II of Episcopal Parish wins TAPPS 6A triple jump title
The Episcopal Parish has made a name for itself when it comes to dominating the sports scene in the DFW area. Additionally, however, athletes have made it their business to hone their skills and hone their abilities in all areas in order to continue the tradition of excellence that Panthers Athletics has established and maintained. Junior athlete, Cedric Mays II, has seen the benefits of hard work and dedication throughout his time in Parish. The 5-foot-6 athlete is a three-time state football champion and closed his junior track season as TAPPS 6A’s top triple jumper, while also breaking the school’s triple jump record in the episcopal parish. VYPE DFW was able to catch Mays after his jump for the gold medal.
Hard work pays off
Under the guidance of the Episcopal Parish Athletics Head Coach Jeremy Wariner, working to compete in the state championship track and field competition has been something all Panthers track and field athletes have focused on. With consistent appearances, Wariner was confident his team would do well in the 2022 Athletics season – and he was right.
So what’s been the secret to Mays’ success this season? Mays would tell you that the real secret is in the coaches who have helped shape who he is as an athlete. “Coach Wariner and Coach Esther helped me get better,” Mays told VYPE in a exclusive interview. “I wouldn’t be where I am without them.”
Even the newest track and field fan can tell you that Parish’s track and field team has something special. Not only are there great individual results, but the team – as a whole – has done a great job. At the start of the season, coach Wariner told VYPE that he thinks the team is doing well because the kids really care about each other and support each other through all the events on practice days. and encounter. Mays reiterated that building team relationships and bonding has been a key part of the Panthers’ athleticism. “I feel like this year in particular everyone who was there was striving to be the best so we were all pushing each other and holding each other accountable. does nothing but bring us closer to being the best we can be,” Mays said.
Set and achieve goals
As an accomplished football athlete, Mays has grown accustomed to focusing on his growth and improvement over the years. Mays was a three-time state champion with Parish Episcopal Football and was poised to make a splash in track and field. With the mindset of always being better than he was the year before, Mays was able to step up a gear each season. Setting achievable goals for himself, Mays feels this season has been filled with accomplishments, but he continues to look to the future and strives to do everything he can to stay on top of the game. its performance.
“My goal this year was to try to do PR in all of my events and if possible go state in all of my events. I feel like I achieved my goals, but I I have a lot of work to do before my senior year.
Mays posted a record triple jump of 43’4.50 at the TAPPS 6A State Meet, earning him his gold medal. Mays broke the school record three times during the season. “[Breaking the school record] seems surreal,” Mays told VYPE. “I remember when I started the triple jump in 7th grade. I never thought I would break a record.”
Sometimes you have a good release and just feel in your bones that what you did was not only awesome by your standards, it was awesome on every level. At the state meet, Mays knew before his final jump that the gold was as good as his. “I was the very last jumper,” Mays began. “Just before my last jump, I saw that the guy before me had scratched (meaning his jump wasn’t going to count). That’s when I knew I was a state champion. My last jump was really just for fun.
“It’s incredible [to be a state champion]”Some people can only dream of winning a state and I’ve been lucky enough to do that in two sports.” Being able to claim the top spot was a whirlwind for the athlete. Mays shared his enthusiasm for the victory on his Instagram account by posting photos with his medal as well as his football championship ring:
One of the things that helps Mays stay on top of his game is the fact that he’s a dual-sport athlete and is active all year round. “I don’t really have an offseason due to the fact that football starts right after the track and field season ends,” Mays told VYPE. “So my focus changes at the end of each sport’s seasons. I have to prepare for the next season. It’s really just a state of mind, to be honest. When football ends, I take a week off to let my body recover and then I get ready for the track. I choose to push myself to be awesome because I can’t rely on someone else to do it for me.
By being an accomplished athlete with Parish Athletics, Mays was able to bond with his teammates and create many memories – some he hasn’t made yet as he has his whole senior year ahead of him – but he was able to choose a favorite. remembering his time so far with Panthers athletics. “My favorite track memory has to be when I found out I had won the state in the triple jump. My friends and my coaches were going crazy.
So far during his time at Parish, Mays feels the school as a whole is doing a great job preparing him for the next level athletically and academically. “It was very helpful.”
A bright future
Although Mays has not yet committed to a university, the path is laid out before him. He keeps his options open as he searches for a school that will suit him perfectly. “I’m looking for a program that welcomes me into the family and has a diverse atmosphere,” Mays said.
Mays hopes to major in journalism or education.
For now, Mays is focused on improving for next year. “I’m looking forward to having another shot at a state title. Track and summer training is how I plan to prepare for next season. Really, whatever Wariner feels could help me, I’ll try to do it.
Who do you look up to as an athlete?
“I look up to my coach, Jeremy Wariner. I feel like he’s the perfect example, with him winning a few gold medals at the Olympics.”
What is your favorite professional sports team?
“Probably the Dallas Cowboys. I don’t really have a favorite team in the NBA. I just watch a bunch of games.
If you could go out to dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would it be? What would you like to talk about?
“Definitely Kobe Bryant. I loved the way he carried himself and I praised his work ethic. I strive to be as good as him throughout my sports career, whether for the athletics or football.
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