Decatur’s Jacob Kevetter turned in his best time in the 300 hurdles Saturday – and narrowly missed a spot on the 3A medal stand.
Running on the inside of Kevetter in lane four, Caldwell’s J.J. Jackson edged him out for the bronze medal by 0.03 of a second. Jackson finished in 39.40, and Kevetter 39.43.
“It was my best time, but I still stuttered over three hurdles. I’ve still got a lot to work on,” Kevetter said. “I would have got third if I wouldn’t have stuttered.”
Competing in his first state meet, Kevetter broke out of the blocks solid from his spot in lane six.
Gilmer’s Nick Smith, who beat Kevetter at the 3A Region II meet, set the early pace and held on to win the race in 38.34. Seminole’s Trevor Greenfield took second in 38.94.
“It was amazing. I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I’d be,” Kevetter said. “It was a good pace. I was keeping up with them until I stuttered.”
Of Decatur’s three state qualifiers, Kevetter is the only returner. He said this experience will help him.
“It definitely helps my confidence for next year. I know I can make it, and I know what I’ve got to do for next year,” Kevetter said.