Mays makes up a lot of ground to dig up silver

Thorndale sprinter swoops in from fifth place

Thorndale’s Keon Mays whips by Austin Sadberry of DeLeon on his way to a silver medal in the 800-meter run. Thorndale’s Keon Mays whips by Austin Sadberry of DeLeon on his way to a silver medal in the 800-meter run. AUSTIN—Axtell’s Dallas Rushing set a new Class A record in the 800-meter run and he may have Thorndale’s Keon Mays to thank for it.

The speedy Bulldog senior pushed his way to a silver medal after coming around the final curve in fifth place and finished withaflurryandatimingof 1:57.91 for second place.

His performance at state was nearly five seconds faster than his regional time of 2:01.73.

With Mays gaining in his rear view mirror, Rushing clocked in at 1:52.24, almost three seconds better than the old state mark.

According to Mays, his final burst was all part of the plan.

“I always kick at the end,” he said. “It’s my advantage over everybody because I am a sprinter. I like to stay with the pack and then move up.”

Mays— who also made an appearance at the state cross country meet where he placed 10th— had to adjust to the state meet calibur pace in a hurry.

“It was the fastest I’ve been in all year,” he said. “After the first lap, I got used to it and then just concentrated on getting a medal.”

This was Mays second trip to the state track meet and second mining of silver. He was a part of the Thorndale 1,600-meter relay team that placed second at the 2012 meet as a Class 2A school.

“It was pretty sweet to make it back this year and then to get a medal.”

Mays could not work any of his magic for the Bulldogs’ sprint relay team (Mays, Price Miller, Colton Austin and Darius Brooks) which placed ninth with a time of 44.0, besting their regional qualifying time of 44.30.

The Bulldogs were seventh in the event last year with an entirely different quartet.

Munday—which was second in 2012— finished first at 42.05.

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