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‘Act of Faith’ Costs a Texas Track Team a Chance to Advance to the State Championships

Posted on 5/2/2013 by with 1 comment

COLUMBUS, Texas — An act of faith has cost an area track team a win and a chance to advance to the state championships.

This past weekend, the Columbus High School Mighty Cardinals had just won a boys relay race when a runner’s final gesture got them disqualified.

As he was crossing the finish line, Derrick Hayes pointed up to the sky. His father believes he was giving thanks in a gesture to God.

“It was a reaction,” father KC Hayes said. “I mean you’re brought up your whole life that God gives you good things, you’re blessed.”

Columbus ISD Superintendent Robert O’Connor said the team had won the race by seven yards. It was their fastest race of the year.

Though O’Connor cannot say why the student pointed, he says it was against the rules that govern high school sports. The rules state there can be no excessive act of celebration, which includes raising the hands.

 

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One response to ‘Act of Faith’ Costs a Texas Track Team a Chance to Advance to the State Championships

  1. On May 5th, 2013 at 10:51 am , Lois Pellnitz, Niceville, FL 32578 said...

    This disqualification is a disgrace! Pointing to the sky is not an excessive celebration! Supt O’Connor, this is what our world has become? Shame on you!

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