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Kayaking: Top paddlers from U.S. will race on Oklahoma River

Dylan Puckett of Jones, Bria Cornforth of Oklahoma City will be competing for roster spots
by Ed Godfrey Published: April 25, 2013

Top paddlers from the United States will race on the Oklahoma River Friday and Saturday for the chance to represent their country in world competitions this year.

The Boathouse District is hosting the 2013 USA Canoe/Kayak Flatwater Sprint Team Trials, which attracts the elite paddlers in the country.

At stake are spots on the USA's junior team (age 18 and younger), under 23 team and senior national teams (any age).

Among the participants will be Dylan Puckett of Jones, who is trying to be the first kayaker from Oklahoma to earn a spot on the junior team since the Boathouse District was built on the Oklahoma River.

Puckett, whose goal is to make the 2016 Olympic team, joined the OKC RIVERSPORT's Youth Sprint Kayak team in 2007.

Puckett, 17, won the national championship in the men's single 1,000 meters for ages 16 and younger the past two years.

He has shaved 20 seconds off his best time from last year and has high hopes this weekend of qualifying for the junior world team.

That team will represent the United States at the Junior World Championships in Canada on Aug. 1-4

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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