Puckett also will be racing for a spot on the junior world team in the men's double 1,000 meters with partner Istvan Urvan of Hungary, who lives in San Diego, Calif.
“If I don't do well, I will be disappointed,” Puckett said.
Also racing on the Oklahoma River Friday and Saturday will be Bria Cornforth of Oklahoma City, another rising star in kayaking from the Boathouse District.
Cornforth is only 13 but will race in the women's single 500 and 200 meters events. She started kayaking with OKC RIVERSPORT at age 8 and now trains with the senior national team.
She will be the youngest participant in the Canoe/Kayak Flatwater Sprint Team Trials.
Cornforth knows making the world junior team is a long shot this year because she will be racing against older, more experienced paddlers.
For now, she will be satisfied with just getting faster on the water.
“This experience goes a long way,” Cornforth said. “When I am on the water, it's just to be better than I was the day before.”