Transgender Athlete Unexplainably Wins Title Against Girls

  • 06/05/2017
  • Source: AAN
  • by: Remington Strelivo
A transgender athlete just won the Connecticut high school girls’ track championship—and many are claiming that she had an unfair advantage.

Andraya Yearwood was born male—but the transgender student, a freshman at Cromwell High School, has been able to compete with the girls due to the fact that she identifies as a transgender woman.

Yearwood handily won two events: the girls’ 100-meter, with a time of 12.66 seconds, and the girls’ 200-meter dash, with a time of 26.08 seconds.

But had Yearwood been forced to compete with the males, she would have come in dead last in both events. The current last place times for the boys’ 100-meter dash was 11.73 seconds, and for the 200-meter dash, 25.59 seconds. Yearwood’s time fell behind both.

Yearwood isn’t the first transgender student to win a girls’ athletics title in high school—and, each time, there’s a large amount of controversy as to whether the athlete has an unfair advantage having been born male.

However, despite the controversy, Yearwood’s coach, Brian Calhoun, claims there’s nothing wrong with having a biological male compete against biological females.

“It has been like every other athlete,” he told the Hartford Courant, back in April. “We have a girl on the team who runs pretty quickly. And I think the girls are pretty happy to have a girl on the team that runs pretty quickly.”
 Source: AAN
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