For those of you unfamiliar with the steeplechase, it’s a track and field event held in select states featuring barriers and water jumps on what amounts to a 2,000-meter obstacle course mimicking the streams and stone walls from the event’s late 18th century origins in Ireland.
And this, my friends, is one of the great fails in high school steeplechase history.
The teen who took the dip is Northern (Owings, Md.) senior Dylan Weamert, and we’ll let The Washington Post explain how he ended in a pool he originally thought to be only a foot deep:
On the fifth and final lap of Saturday’s 2,000-meter event at the Woodward Relays, Weamert approached the course’s lone water pit in sixth or seventh place, as he recalled to the Post a few hours after the race. His feet were wet from those previous forays into the pit, so he tried gaining extra leverage on the jump by propelling himself off the hurdle with his hand. Except instead of grabbing the hurdle, Weamert ended up nosediving into the water like a hawk that just spotted its prey.
Making matters worse, the temperature fell to the mid-40s and winds gusted between 20-25 miles per hour, according to The Washington Post. Yet, somehow Weamert still managed a 10th-place finish, completing the course in 7:07.12 — ahead of eight competitors, per to Athletic.net.
Thankfully, Weamert has a sense of humor about the whole ordeal, making a screen grab of his nosedive his Twitter profile picture and retweeting dozens of comments about his faceplant.
Those 18th century Irishman sure would be proud.