HEAVENER â€” For the third straight season, Heavener Wolf long jumper Shaun Bradley finds himself at the biggest meet of the year â€” the Class 3A State Meet, which will be Friday and Saturday at Ardmore's Noble Stadium.
He hopes the old adage about the third time holds true to form.
â€śMaybe third time will be the charm,â€ť Bradley said. â€śMy sophomore year, I made it to the state finals. Hopefully, this year, I can come back with the gold.â€ť
Last spring, tragedy struck Bradley as he was disqualified due to problems with his uniform. Ever since, he's been making sure that ugly incident doesn't happen any more.
â€śIt's been one of my main concerns this year, my clothing,â€ť Bradley said. â€śI've just taken a lot of precautions with my clothing that it never happens again.â€ť
Of Bradley's three trips to state, two of them have happened at Noble Stadium â€” 2010 and this spring.
â€śI went there for state my sophomore year,â€ť he said. â€śIt will be an old venue and a new venue. It's sort of familiar, but it will take a little to get used to everything again.â€ť
Two things have been learned from his previous trips to state which Bradley believes will help in this his final state meet.
â€śStaying focused and having confidence are what I've learned from my previous trips to state,â€ť he said. â€śI'm definitely looking forward to it.â€ť
Bradley can only imagine what the feeling would be like should he end his Heavener High School career with a state title.
â€śIt would be one of my greatest accomplishments in high school sports,â€ť he said. â€śIt would be a great honor to bring that back to Heavener. I would be extremely happy, and that would be such an honor â€” and a great accomplishment for me.â€ť