Published On: Fri, May 3rd, 2013

Derrick Hayes, Texas sprinter points to sky in victory, disqualified as ‘excessive celebration,’ team won’t go to state

A Texas high school track team won the race, by seven yards, but will not advance to state competition because one runner pointed to the sky at the finish line violating the “excessive celebration” policy.

screenshot KHOU video coverage

screenshot KHOU video coverage

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

“It was a reaction,” K.C. Hayes said. “You’re brought up your whole life that God gives you good things, you’re blessed.”

KHOU covered the Columbus High School Mighty Cardinals victory in the 4×100 meter relay and the subsequent disqualification from going to the state championship.

Officials ruled that the gesture violated a state scholastic rule against excessive celebration, which includes raising one’s hands. The team was disqualified, and barred from competing at the state championships.

“I don’t think that the situation was technically a terrible scenario as far as his action, but the action did violate the context of the rule,” Columbus school district superintendent Robert O’Connor said.

Derrick Hayes allegedly point to the sky, the heavens – to God.

One finger pointing at the clouds ruin the 20-foot lead his team had won by.

Many interviewed around town said that this was a violation of freedom of religion rights. Columbus High School said that religious gestures are not banned, but they must be done off of the competition field or court.



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  1. Huuf Arted says:

    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
    fax: 979-732-5960

    Columbus High School
    103 Cardinal Lane
    Columbus, Texas 78934
    Fax: 979-732-8862Columbus High School
    103 Cardinal Lane
    Columbus, Texas 78934
    Fax: 979-732-8862
    979-732-2351 (Fieldhouse)
    Athletic Department Secretary – Brenda Skutca


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