‘Act of faith’ disqualifies high school track team from championship

Did an act of faith cost a Texas high school 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, according to KHOU 11 News.

As Derrick Hayes was crossing the finish line,  he pointed up to the sky, which is apparently against the rules that govern high school sports in the state. The rules state there can be no excessive act of celebration, which includes raising the hands.

His father believes he was giving thanks in a gesture to God, 11 News adds.

“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.”

While some see it as a strict interpretation of the rules, others, including the runner’s father, see it as a violation of religious freedom.


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