ARDMORE — Kingfisher freshman Kaden Jackson had already accomplished his goal of becoming a state champion before his final shot put attempt Friday morning in the Class 3A state meet at Ardmore's Noble Stadium.
That allowed him to relax and focus on a goal that he considered even bigger than a gold medal.
Jackson threw a personal-best 50 feet, 0 inches on his last attempt to make his first appearance at the state meet even more special.
“My coach was there hyping me up. It just took me a little while to get that 50 feet. That was my overall goal,” said Jackson, who only began throwing the shot put last year as an eighth-grader. “That was more exciting for me. State wasn't much different than winning a regular track meet. The only difference was standing on the podium.”
Of course, simply winning a meet is a relatively new feeling for Jackson, whose first varsity win came at the regional meet last week with a throw of 49 feet, 11 inches.
Over the second half of the season, as he began to see his hard work pay off in the form of better distances, Jackson began to believe a state championship was possible.
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