Andover High School student tumbles into first place in 300m hurdles

Running 300 meters and jumping hurdles is no easy feat, as Tayton Klein proved during a track meet at Andover Central High School on Wednesday.
Published: Apr. 21, 2022 at 1:27 PM CDT
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ANDOVER, Kan. (KWCH) - Running 300 meters and jumping hurdles is no easy feat, as Tayton Klein proved during a track meet at Andover Central High School on Wednesday.

The Andover High School senior had an easy lead during Wednesday’s race when he stumbled and fell over the final hurdle. But that didn’t stop Klein from coming in No. 1.

Video captured by his mother Jody, shows the teenager tumble over the last hurdle, go into a somersault and dive across the finish line for the win.

“That was actually my first time running the 300 hurdles,” Klein said. My days leading up to this, we talked about like, ‘you will be good at this,’ but my expectations were blown out of the water a little bit.”

Trying his hardest, Klein blasted by the other runners. He won the race with time to spare, even after tripping over the last hurdle and gracefully taking an athletic roll and dive over the finish line.

“Everyone seems to enjoy that at the end and that was because I was looking at the clock and I was like, ‘oh shoot, my time is going to be really good, I might break the school record on my first try,’” Klein said. “With my lack of focus, I hit my toe on the last hurdle and took a little tumble.”

Rolling into a stunt to win it.

‘The first thing, I hit my head and I was like, ‘OK, what’s going on?’ And you start moving forward, and I was like, ‘still got a race to win,’” Klein said. “(I) got back up and tried to cross that line.”

Klein didn’t just win the race. Despite the last-hurdle tumble, Klein set the state’s best mark for the 300 meter hurdles this season. He got a skid on his knee, but other than that said he’s “all good.”

With a small injury, he’s putting the fall behind him.

“Don’t give up. The race is never over,” he said. “You never know where your competition is, so just get through that line as fast as you can.”

Klein has signed on to KU’s track and field program. With some of the best times in Kansas in several events, he’s excited to compete in the decathlon, among other events in college.

The Andover High School senior tumbled into first place during the 300m race at Andover Central High School on Wednesday.

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