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Runner Points To God, Track Officials Point To Rulebook, Runner Disqualified


Did an act of faith prevent a high school relay team from reaching the state track finals? We take you now to Columbus, Texas, where the Columbus High School (Mighty Cardinals!) boys 4×100-meter relay team had just finished first at the state meet qualifier, earning them a trip to the state meet. But wait — when he crossed the finish line, Columbus anchor Derrick Hayes gestured toward the sky with his hand.

And that got the entire relay team disqualified, per state scholastic rules that prohibit excessive celebrations, which “include raising one’s hands.”

Hayes’ father, KC Hayes, to KEYETV.com:

You cross a finish line and you’ve accomplished a goal and within seconds it’s gone. To see four kids, you know, what does that tell them about the rest of their lives? You’re going to do what’s right, work extra hard, and have it ripped away from you?”

I’m usually the first one to object when Christian dogma is forced down people’s throats, or used inappropriately — especially when it involves a public school setting. But file this one under Excessive Fussiness. It’s the same kind of Mrs. Ballbricker foolishness that gets grammar school kids suspended for bringing a plastic knife to lunch to spread peanut butter because the school has a zero-tolerance weapons policy.

Some parents are saying that this story is about religious freedom, but it’s not. It’s about school officials being total morons. If we want our children to grow up to be thinking, discerning individuals who react to people and situations on their individual merits, we should try demonstrating that to them while they’re in school.


  • Bon

    “I’m usually the first one to object when Christian dogma is forced down people’s throats”

    Trust us, we know. If we’ve learned anything over the past week since Jason Collins came out, it is that SportsGrind hates Christians and love to mock their beliefs.

  • Durandal

    I hate Christians, too, but this story is utterly ridiculous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1366350607 Peter Z Bugarchich

    You hate Christians … ? that’s old. Tell us who do you love…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Bayer/687001618 Robert Bayer

    I would like to personally protest the decision to strip a first place finish
    race won by Derrick Hayes of Columbus High School Mighty Cardinals, Texas. This
    student in simply pointing to the sky is certainly not over-celebrating
    anything. To decide to enforce this absolutely unfair and mean-spirited penalty
    is completely at odds with all aspects of fair play and true justice. Those who
    made this decision and those who will not intervene to revoke this penalty
    deserve heaps of shame and condemnation. Mr. Derrick Hayes, contrary to what
    you were told, you did officially win the race despite what any moronic judge
    might decide. Hold your head up proudly and realize you won the race and ARE
    always a champion for doing so. Nevertheless, I and many other good citizens
    call upon school and district officials to reverse this idiotic decision
    immediately.

  • jb

    a decision like that can’t be within the spirit of the rule it should be reversed

  • EDWIN STEWART

    (This is nuts) Is this the united states ?We have no freedom any more .Our fore Farters are turning over in their gaves Who is destroying America? .NO FREEDOM FOR AMERICANS ANYMORE

  • HuufArted

    Call the Superintendent and tell him who you feel !

    Robert A O’connor

    437 Harbert St

    Columbus, TX 78934

    (979) 733-8598

    CISD Central Office

    105 Cardinal Lane

    Columbus, Texas 78934

    979-732-5704

    fax: 979-732-5960

    Columbus High School

    103 Cardinal Lane

    Columbus, Texas 78934

    979-732-5746

    Fax: 979-732-8862Columbus High School

    103 Cardinal Lane

    Columbus, Texas 78934

    979-732-5746

    Fax: 979-732-8862

    979-732-2351 (Fieldhouse)

    Athletic Department Secretary – Brenda Skutca

    http://www.columbusisd.org/domain/79

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005276384725 Jose Flores

    God hates you too so don’t worry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/obuzome.ayadiuno Obuzome Ayadiuno

    Great article!!! Visit, http://www.unn.edu.ng/ for more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.quail.31 Bobby Samsung

    NO call the UIL Texas Officials…!

    Director of Athletics:
    Mark Cousins
    Email:
    athletics@uiltexas.org
    Department Phone:
    512-471-5883
    http://www.uiltexas.org/football/officials

    http://www.uiltexas.org/contact

    Policy and Administration

    Executive Director: Dr. Charles Breithaupt

    Department email: director@uiltexas.org

    Department fax: 512-471-5908

    Deputy Director: Jamey Harrison

    Email: info@uiltexas.org

    Chief of Staff: Kim Carmichael

    Email: cos@uiltexas.org

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.quail.31 Bobby Samsung

    Call the UIL Texas Officials…!

    Director of Athletics:
    Mark Cousins
    Email:
    athletics@uiltexas.org
    Department Phone:
    512-471-5883
    http://www.uiltexas.org/footba...

    http://www.uiltexas.org/contac...

    Policy and Administration

    Executive Director: Dr. Charles Breithaupt

    Department email: director@uiltexas.org

    Department fax: 512-471-5908

    Deputy Director: Jamey Harrison

    Email: info@uiltexas.org

    Chief of Staff: Kim Carmichael

    Email: cos@uiltexas.org

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.quail.31 Bobby Samsung

    call the UIL Texas Officials…!

    Director of Athletics:
    Mark Cousins
    Email:
    athletics@uiltexas.org
    Department Phone:
    512-471-5883
    http://www.uiltexas.org/footba...

    http://www.uiltexas.org/contac...

    Policy and Administration

    Executive Director: Dr. Charles Breithaupt

    Department email: director@uiltexas.org

    Department fax: 512-471-5908

    Deputy Director: Jamey Harrison

    Email: info@uiltexas.org

    Chief of Staff: Kim Carmichael

    Email: cos@uiltexas.org

  • Confused?

    I believe that unfortunately there are young people today that are not taught how to “win” or “lose” gracefully and hence the rule.

    In the rules the important part is the word “excessive”! I think the UIL would be more apt to overturn this decision if a video of the relay could be presented representing that this young man’s actions were not “excessive”(taunting) and were truly in reference to thanking “GOD!”

    Of course the word “excessive” is an opinion word, and the UIL might still shoot it down, but it would be worth a try! A picture( or a video) in this case is worth a thousand words!

  • Confused?

    From another article or report on the issue…….WFAA-TV

    The UIL’s report said after Hayes raised his hand, a meet official approached him to warn him of a possible disqualification, should that behavior continue. The official then said the student reacted disrespectfully, prompting the disqualification. Officials at the meet conferred and the disqualification was upheld.

    “The basis for the disqualification was due to the student-athlete behaving disrespectfully,” according to the release.

    MIght shed a little more light on the subject or at least another view point……???????


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