Midwest City’s Kevin Jackson – Character Counts Presented by Eskridge Honda

By Derrick Smith

Kevin Jackson is a senior at Midwest City High School. He is a sprinter on the Bombers track and field team, and he is the Midwest City Character Counts Athlete. The way to be a character athlete is not hard for Kevin to explain.

“In order to be a character athlete, you have to be an athlete that someone can look up to and respect,” he said.

The track season is underway and while it may not have gone as planned so far, Kevin is staying optimistic.

“So far, it’s been bumpy with injuries,” he said. “But we are getting things back together so it’s nothing but up from here on out.”

Optimism is easy to come by when you have support like Kevin does.

“My parents and siblings are the reason why I push myself so hard,” Jackson said. “They have always told me how great I could be if I worked hard. I want to show them how great I can be.”

Also in Jackson’s corner is his coach, Dominic Barnes-Carns, who has helped him a lot along the way.

“Coach DBC has taught me all kinds of things about life and how to better myself for my future.”

Kevin placed twice at last season’s State Track Meet. In the 200 Meter dash, he placed third, while in the 100 Meter Dash, he finished fourth. He hopes to improve on those this season. In order to be successful in track, one cannot just get out and run. They must work hard and prepare themselves.

“It has taken a lot of time, dedication, and working overtime in order to get where I am.”

During the summer, Kevin runs track with the East Side Steppers, a community-centered organization that helps teach student-athletes how to better themselves in track and field, as well as in life.

There is a saying that Jackson remembers often, “Everyone always counts out the little guy, but I am going to be the little guy that everyone is worried about.”

After graduation, Kevin plans to run summer track and then attend college in the fall.