A West Forsyth, Georgia, runner who came in third of 226 in a state race at Carrollton High School – earning him high nods in the cross country championships – was disqualified and labeled a 226th-place finisher over a flap about the headband he wore, which displayed the Bible reference “Isaiah 40:30-31.” The newspaper explains the story: “Green was the third runner out of 226 to cross the finish line in the Class AAAAAA state championship race … Soon after collapsing from his effort and offering, as well as receiving, high fives from opponents as they walked by the cool-down tent, Green found out he placed 226th out of 226. … Green was disqualified by GHSA officials for sporting a white, plain head band with ‘Isaiah 40:30-31 written across the front – the same head band the Forsyth County News has photo evidence of him wearing when he was not disqualified in last year’s state meet.” Green had even turned the headband inside out, as asked by one of the pre-race inspectors, Same Page Nation reported. Photographs of the finish line show the text, in black marker, could still be seen. But the news site also reported the headband’s the same one Green has worn during past years of competition, with no problem.

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