Connecticut held its State Open track and field championship on Monday — and one runner sparked controversy by breaking the record for girls in the 100 and 200-meter runs.
It was only controversial because that runner was a transgender student who was born a biological boy.
The transgender student, Terry Miller, dominated both competitions. Coming in second in the 100-meter dash was Andraya Yearwood, also a transgender student. Yearwood won both races in 2017.
Seriously, Miller absolutely crushed all the competition:
Asked about the girls who will miss out on competing in the finals due to the transgender athletes, CIAC executive director Karissa Niehoff admitted officials “do feel for them.” However, she thinks it’s about “civil rights.”
“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,” she added.
One coach, Gary Moore, has been outspoken about his opinion that allowing the transgender athletes to compete against the girls isn’t “fair.”
Some on Twitter also argued it was unfair.
“I’ve been stopped by at least five coaches (Monday), all of them saying they really liked what I said in the paper. How come other coaches aren’t talking? 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,” Moore told the Connecticut Post. “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.”
The issue has been a hot topic of discussion at schools across the country following a series of high-profile wins by transgender student-athletes.