Wyatt Wieland had a stressful weekend.
The No. 1 seed in the boys’ 4A 300-meter hurdles was surprised Saturday as he battled for the automatic qualifying spot in the finals against Valor Christian’s Dane Palazzo.
The two sprinted for the line and leaned for the finish - in which he won by just 0.04 seconds.
But Wieland couldn’t shake Palazzo off that easily.
Saturday afternoon Wieland and Palazzo battled in another photo finish for the state title - this time, less decisive. The two leaned over the line simultaneously, calling for a seven-minute review of the final times.
Conclusion: Call it a tie.
Wieland and Palazzo both clocked in at 38.01 to share the 4A state championship.
“I knew I had him the entire race, but to be honest I think he beat me over that last hurdle, so I was kind of expecting to see myself in second, but to see that it was a tie, it was crazy,” Wieland said.
“While we were just sitting there we shook hands and hugged it out, we had no idea who was going to win,” Palazzo said. “We knew it was going to be close but it was way closer than either of us could have expected.”
Friday Palazzo ran the race of his life again, finishing with a personal-record of over a second to challenge Wieland.
“He was a little bit of a shock,” Wieland said Friday after his prelim race. “But now we’re in a position to do well in the finals.”
Wieland had the lead heading into the final turn, but Palazzo caught up over the last 100 meters.
“It’s kind of like one of those things out of a TV show,” Palazzo said. “A tie for first place it’s just crazy.”