Track Team Disqualified from State Due to "Act of Faith"

A Columbus, Texas, high school track team was disqualified from the Texas State Championships after the team’s anchor runner, Derrick Hayes, made a religious gesture as he crossed the finish line.

According to local news sources, Hayes touched his ear then pointed to the sky as he crossed the finish line in the 4×100 relay race, seven yards before the next runner. 

The victorious 4×100 relay would have qualified the team for the Texas State Championships, but a judge from the University Interscholastic League (UIL) disqualified the team due to what the rulebook describes as a “celebratory gesture.”

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