Athlete pointing to the sky gets track team disqualified

"Excessive" act of celebration

“Excessive” act of celebration

‘Act of faith’ costs track team a win, trip to state championships


Please read second comment posted. New info came in and we now believe it had nothing to do with praising god. The student was taunting the OPPOSING team  and had been warned. he knew the consequences at this level of competition.

CBS Houston: COLUMBUS, TexasAn 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.
“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,” Supt. O’Connor said.
But critics, including the runner’s father, see it as a violation of religious freedom. Some of them have even complained to the state, which does not appear to be budging.
“You cross a finish line and you’ve accomplished a goal and within seconds it’s gone,” KC Hayes said. “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?”
It has proven to be a difficult lesson for a team which showed how well it can win. It must now show how well it can handle loss.
From the Columbus High School web page:
“…we recognize the value to enhance the education and self-esteem of all students…”
Contact information for the school and superintendent:
Jerry Brem, Principal, Columbus High School, 979-732-5746
Columbus ISD Business Office, 979- 732-5704

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Good day! This is one of those incredibly small acts that makes some unbelievably stupid bureaucrat delight in being able to FINALLY smash someone down, as s/he can’t do that at home. I can imagine the terribly negative impact this denial must have on the affected runner and his team.


“Enhance self-esteem” , My Arse. I’ll be calling later. Dialing on meds is always fun..LOL

Dr. Eowyn

Grrrrh. To war! Let’s flood Principal Jerry Brem with phonecalls!
Here’s a pic of Brem (r) with the School Superintendent Robert O’Connor (l):
O'Connor (l); Brem (r)


thankyou for the info, I would loooove to talk to this person. Will be calling.


This is so off-the-wall! Just when we think we’ve hit bottom, another bottom pops up. So pointing the finger is an “excessive act of celebration”?! If they had lost and he had pointed his middle finger, I’ll bet that would have been all right. Can you believe this is happening in the land of the free and home of the brave? Quick, the barf bucket!
God, I know You are up there. Please comfort Derrick Hayes – I can’t imagine what he’s thinking right now. I’ll bet his self-esteem has hit a new low. Wow – unbelievable!

Vic Bailey

America is going PLUM STUPID! They need to kick That Principal and Superintendent in their ass till their noise bleeds! Let kids find out on their own, we don’t need some Socialist Bastard to be telling our kids WRONG things until they are old enough to make their own decision, until then LET THEM BE KIDS! Wake up America the Socialist are brainwashing your children and you and I MUST STOP IT! Semper Fi.


Obviously, not just guns but any suggestion of God (except if it’s Allah, of course) are evil and people must be deterred from them by punishment for politically-correct educators.

Eyad Hamid
Eyad Hamid

Pathetic!! I will never allow any man or woman on this earth tell me that I am not allowed to praise God. For this team to be disqualified for praising God is an insult to our Creator! The state should be ashamed of themselves! Absolutely unbelieveable! How does no one see the blasphemy in this??!!! Makes me sick!!

mike diamond
mike diamond

is there a video of the race???this would help us all to see what took place! but if he pointed toward heaven to give praise to GOD,like his dad said he did then the team should get to go to the state finals.