Students and parents furious as transgender sprinters prevail in girls' state championship

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Transgender runner Terry Miller, from Bulkeley High School, came first place twice in the CIAC State Open track and field competition.

Miller completed the 100-metre race in just 11.72 seconds and finished the 200-metre sprint in 24.17 seconds. 

Transgender sprinter Andrea Yearwood, from Cromwell High School, also prevailed after coming second place in the 100-metre run.

The results have provoked some parents and students to question whether athletes in Connecticut high schools should be allowed to participate in the gender specific sport in which they identify.

According to the Hartford Courant, around 60 people have signed a petition calling for governing body Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference to change its rules, which currently allow athletes to compete in the gender specific sport in which they identify. 

Glastonbury second-year student Selina Soule told the Hartford Courant: “I think it’s unfair to the girls who work really hard to do well and qualify for Open and New Englands.”

Soule finished in sixth place in the 100-metre run.

Her mother, told the Connecticut Post that the majority was being “sacrificed” for the minority.

She said: “Sports are set up for fairness. 

“Biologically male and female are different. The great majority is being sacrificed for the minority.”

However, there are some who believe otherwise.

Carly Swierbrut, of Newton High School, who won the 400-metre race after completing the run in 55.48 seconds, told the Connecticut Post: “If you’re good enough to run, you’re good enough to run. If somebody wants to win, they’re going to work their tail off to win.

“It doesn’t matter who you are, what you are, everybody should have the chance.”

Bridget Lalonde, a student at RHAM High School who came third place in the 100-metre run, agreed: “To be honest, I think it’s great they get a chance to compete and as long as they’re happy, I guess, there’s not that much I can do,” she said.

“The rules are the rules. The only competition is the clock. You can only run as fast as you can.”

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