The Durand Railroaders are off-track after high school runners were busted using performance enhancement drug, C-4 extreme.
??It??s an unregulated thing and a lot of kids don't actually know what they're using,?? says Nick Bendall, an athletic trainer at Flint??s Insight Health & Fitness Center.
Bendall is not affiliate with Durand but says C4 helps bodybuilders get more workouts in. He adds that the risk is not worth the reward.
??You face the dangers of kidney function and liver function being reduced,?? says Bendall.
That??s why C4 is banned by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
??State law requires that schools have something in their student code which follows the NCAA banned list,?? says John Johnson with the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
Runners allegedly took the supplement before winning the Genesee Area Red League track meet.
Once school officials found out, they withdrew the Railroaders eligibility for state finals.
??The Durand schools are a member of the association in good standing. Recent events do not change that,?? says Johnson.
??The best and most effective way is to get out there and exercise,?? says Bendall.
The director of the Genesee Athletic Conference says he's using this incident as a teachable moment for the athletes.
The Durand superintendent, Cindy Weber, sent NBC25 a statement that says: 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.