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July 14, 2014

Up, up and away for Pauls Valley teen

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — Kameron Jordan Bradley of Pauls Valley has apparently caught on quick as his high jump abilities now look to take him to a national track meet.
The 14-year-old has finished his eighth grade year at nearby Whitebead School and will next start his high school years in Pauls Valley.
Bradley moved to Pauls Valley in 2009 to be with his dad, Tony Bradley, and stepmom Brenda.
At Whitebead he played football, basketball and track.
This year the young Bradley tried something new — the high jump — and its paid off with solid performances in a number of meets.
It started when he heard a local AAU track team was going to be formed.
“He went out there and watched his teammates; that’s how he learned to do the Fosbury Flop,” said Tony in a reference to a now common high jump move.
“They gave him a lot of tips and he just started doing it,” he said, adding coach Rick Tate, a former OSU high jumper, has also been a big help.
The help paid off as Bradley placed third at a state meet after only two previous events.
He followed that up by a second place finish at the AAU district qualifying meet in Norman.
The next weekend he won the Sooner State Games in Sulphur.
Then came a fifth place finish at a regional AAU meet in Joplin, Mo., which qualified him for the nationals coming later this month  in Des Moines, Iowa.
According to the older Bradley, his son’s coach, Rick Tate, is working to refine the teen’s techniques and mechanics.
He will be competing in the high jump event in the 15-16 year old division at the national meet on July 31.
“To see him do this well in his first year, I’m just as pleased as I can be,” Tony added.
To help with the cause, donation jars have been made available at a number of local restaurants and convenience stores.
Donations to help with Kameron’s expenses may also be given to a special fund being set up at the local First United Bank.
Any donations will go toward his track fees, travel expenses and all other track related costs.

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