Landon Huslig didn’t think anything about it when he clipped the last hurdle.
The Deer Creek senior had knocked over many a hurdle in his high school career, and after all, he still finished first in the 110-meter race.
But this time, controversy followed. When the hurdle fell, it bounced sideways into the lane of another runner, and Huslig was disqualified, snatching away what would have ultimately given him four gold medals at the Class 5A state track meet.
Huslig spent the rest of the day making up for his one error, winning two more of his three total gold medals and helping the Antlers to their third consecutive Class 5A state championship.
“It was really hard to take, but after they re-ran the race, the realization set in that I was out,” said Huslig, The Oklahoman’s Big All-City Boys Track Athlete of the Year. “I had my group around me behind the stands, trying to keep encouraging me, so I didn’t completely quit and cry.”
Unofficially, Huslig’s time would have been 14.35 seconds in the 110 hurdles, a personal best.
He went on to win the 300 hurdles with a time of 37.76 seconds, while also running on the victorious 400 and 1,600 relay teams.
“I was real irritated and had a lot of steam I needed to work off in the 300s,” Huslig said. “I hit the last hurdle, and everybody freaked out, but I was in the clear on that one.
“I felt like I had a little bit to prove, and tried to run off that frustration from the 110s.”
Huslig has signed with Oklahoma Christian.
“I’m excited to run in college and I’m a little nervous because the hurdles go up,” he said. “But I’m excited to see what I can do, see my times and see how far I can push it.”