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Golden: Columbus relay punishment a lesson for all

By Cedric Golden - American-Statesman Staff

Derrick Hayes, a junior sprinter from Columbus High School, could have competed at this week’s UIL state track meet, but a lapse in judgment cost him, his relay teammates and the town of about 3,700 big time.

In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard, Hayes — the anchor for Columbus’ 400-meter relay team — crossed the finish line first at the Region IV-3A meet in Kingsville, assuring the relay one of eight coveted spots at the state meet.

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