Athlete of the Week: May 10-14

Cuero high jumper Davyon Williams

VICTORIA,Texas–Our Athlete of the Week this week is Cuero state champion, Davyon Williams.

Williams competed in the UIL 4A state track meet in the high jump event. He went in there knowing this would be his last opportunity to break a 20-year school record, which was 6 feet 10 inches. Not only did Williams win gold in the high jump, he also broke the long standing record by jumping half an inch higher, setting the new record at 6 feet and 10 and a half inches. Williams says he had been working towards breaking the record for a while now.

“Really I’d be lying if I said I didn’t. I’ve been preparing, I’ve been thinking about getting first since the beginning of the year. I’ve been thinking about breaking the record since my freshman year so I felt it was something I was bound to get done,” said Williams.

Williams is hoping to accomplish his personal goal of jumping over the bar at seven feet high at the Meet of Champions events happening this weekend. Williams worked since his freshman year to win gold and break the record. Cuero track head coach, Bryan Jones knew this year would be it.

“During the season, we had about five attempts to break the record and it didn’t happen and I told him after the area and regional meet, I said look, after the regional meet you got one more shot to do it and what better place to do it than state. So for him to do it there was a great accomplishment for him,” said Jones.

Coach Jones says Williams is a very relaxed kid, so much so he tries to avoid the sun during meets by laying on the field with a blanket over his head and enjoys wearing his pajamas to practice.

Williams heads to the Meet of Champions where he will compete among all the top finishers throughout the UIL and TAPPS runners. Williams likes to keep things simple when preparing for a meet.

“Probably go in the same way because I don’t really want to change my routine. Me staying mentally prepared helps me stay comfortable so I feel like I’ll be good,” said Williams.

Williams said last year he used to think a lot about whether he would complete the jump or not but now, he envisions himself jumping over before he actually does it. He said that’s one thing that helped him succeed in breaking the record. Williams plans on studying business management in the future.

Congratulations Davyon Williams on being named this weeks Athlete of the Week.