Official ‘respects civil rights’ of transgender boys who won titles in girls’ track meet (videos)

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A runner broke the State Open records for girls in the 100- and 200-meter races in the Connecticut State Open track and field championships at Willow Brook Park on Monday — but the runner was a biological boy.

The records were set by Terry Miller of Bulkeley, a transgender. The second place winner in the 100-meter dash was also a transgender, Andraya Yearwood of Cromwell, who also won the Class M sprint titles last year.

The races were posted on Twitter:

During the winter indoor season, Miller competed on the boys’ team, then joined the girls’ team.

Due to the presence of Miller and Yearwood in the finals, two biological girls did not qualify for the competition. Additionally, the two girls who placed seventh and eighth in the finals were denied the opportunity to compete in the New England championships, The Daily Wire reported.

When asked about those circumstances, CIAC executive director Karissa Niehoff said, “We do feel for them. Fully agree it doesn’t feel good. The optic isn’t good. But we really do have to look at the bigger issues that speak to civil rights and the fact this is high school sports.”

According to Hillhouse coach Gary Moore, Miller should be allowed to compete, but the situation “wasn’t fair to the girls.” Moore suggested that something should be done to “level the playing field.”

“I’ve been stopped by at least five coaches, all of them saying they really liked what I said in the paper. How come other coaches aren’t talking?” Moore asked. “This is a big issue a lot of coaches have, that we’ve got to do something, but how come you’re not saying anything? I’ve said what I needed to say. I’m getting a little annoyed with the coaches that we haven’t been able to get together and do what’s best for everybody.”

Selina Soule of Glastonbury High, who finished sixth in the 100-meter race, has researched the literature regarding Title IX and competitive sports. Soule addressed the rule that allows transgender athletes to compete against those of the opposite biological sex, saying, “Of course, it should be that way for math and science and chorus. Sports are set up for fairness. Biologically male and female are different. The great majority is being sacrificed for the minority.”

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