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Over-the-counter supplement costs Durand track athletes a run at state finals

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(06/05/14) - Consuming an over-the-counter, pre-workout supplement cost several Durand High School track athletes a run at Saturday's state finals.

Reports say the supplement is called C4 Extreme and contains synephrine, which is banned by the NCAA.

Durand Area Schools Superintendent Cindy Weber said the matter was handled appropriately and the district's investigation is closed.

Published reports said five students, a mix of seniors and underclassmen on the 400-meter relay team, were caught using the drink.

Those same reports say Durand's head boys and girls track coaches were unaware of it until the kids confirmed it during the school's investigation, but an assistant coach, suspected of encouraging it, resigned.

"It's a shame and the kids will probably regret this for some time," said Durand resident Jack Wooten. "In the long run, I think this will be a good lesson for the kids to learn."

"The senior boys this happened to, very unfortunate circumstance for them for sure," said business owner Barry Gross.

Weber released a statement by email, saying:

From time to time the District is forced to address allegations of inappropriate conduct by its coaching staff and student athletes.  Recently the District addressed such an issue.The matter was handled appropriately in accordance with the District's policies and procedures governing athletics, and has been closed. Because the issue involves student athletes and student records, the district is prevented from commenting further pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
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