ARDMORE — Kingfisher sophomore Kaden Jackson was one miscue away from missing the Class 3A track meet.
At the regional meet last week, the defending shot put champion scratched on his first two throws, and he had to ease off on his final attempt just to make sure he qualified for state.
Once he got to Ardmore's Noble Stadium for the first day of the 3A state meet on Friday, Jackson was back to business as usual.
The sophomore won his second straight Class 3A shot put title with a throw of 52 feet.
As a freshman last year, Jackson wasn't expected to win, but he felt a different level of pressure this year.
“Coming to state, you know everybody's gonna throw their best,” he said. “There was a lot more pressure this year, because I knew people were out to get me.”
Coming in, the field looked competitive. Jackson was one of five to throw over 50 feet this season, but only two — he and Mount St. Mary's Scott Luis — crossed that mark Friday.
“I've been practicing really hard and I was throwing 54 feet in practice. This didn't really feel any different than a regular meet. I just went out and threw.
“I had a lot of motivation. My dad always tells me to never be satisfied, so that's what I kept telling myself.”