In a Tuesday state track championship in Connecticut, a transgender high school athlete beat female competitors, but his time would have placed him last had he run against the boys.
According to Turtleboy Sports, Cromwell High School freshman Andraya Yearwood placed first in the girls’ 100-meter and 200-meter dash finals against girls from other schools in the region. Yearwood’s time would have put him in last place if he had raced in both boys’ competitions.
Yearwood earned the following times in the girls’ races: 12.66 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 26.08 seconds in the 200-meter dash.
According to The Daily Caller, “The last-place finishers for the boys’ 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, Shayne Beckloff and Terrance Gallishaw, finished the races in 11.73 seconds and 25.59 seconds, respectively.”
“It feels really good,” said Yearwood in an interview with The Day. “I’m really happy to win both titles … I kind of expected it. I’ve always gotten first, so I expected it to some extent. … I’m really proud of it.”
“She has just been a member of the team, running hard day in and day out,” said Yearwood’s coach Brian Calhoun in April when Yearwood was first allowed to compete. “It has been like every other athlete. 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. … It is going to be a positive thing for the whole team.”
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