Five members of the Durand track and field team were banned from competition at the Division 3 state meet after it was discovered that they had previously competed using the over-the-counter supplement C4 Extreme, which contains ingredients that are on the NCAA’s banned substance list.
As reported by MLive, the teens in question were members of the school’s Genessee Area Conference Red League champion 400-meter relay squad, which forced the entire squad to withdraw from the event at the meet. Because the quintet had also used the supplement before the leage meet, Durand athletic director Chris Deines requested that league officials remove all 26 points the players earned at the league meet, at which the Durand squad won the league team title. It was not immediately clear if the lost points would cost the school that league title as well.
C4 Extreme is a popular supplement that can be purchased at GNC and other national nutritional stores. It’s produced by a company called Cellucor, and includes a small amount of the substance synephrine, which is considered a performance enhancer by NCAA standards. While it is not entirely certain what inspired the students to try C4 Extreme, head track and field coach Bruce Spaulding believes that an assistant coach suggest that the runners try it out. That unnamed assistant coach has since resigned in the aftermath of the runners’ ban.
Because the school discovered that the students were using the substance itself, Durand is unlikely to receive further punishment for the students’ transgressions. Unfortunately that brings little relief to Spaulding and his athletes, who found their season cut short at the most inopportune time by a single poor decision.
“This is very hard for me to deal with, because my boys have worked so hard to get where they are and I don’t believe it’s something that they would have taken without being influenced by another source,” Spaulding told MLive. “Our families are devastated right now. I’ve coached these boys since seventh grade and this is a hard pill for me to swallow, too.
“Throughout the process, the kids have been very honest and we’re looking to grow from this and move forward. After talking with other people, I don’t think this is just a problem at Durand schools. I believe it’s other schools that have the same issues, but just aren’t aware of it.”