Two biological males took first and second place in the high school sprinters in the Nutmeg State, second year in a row where they took the top spots away from biologically female contestants in the state championships.

Bloomfield High School’s Terry Miller and Cromwell High School runner Andraya Yearwood, who claim to be transgender girls, have once again come away with the top awards in the 55-meter dash at the state open indoor track championships. Miller also set a girl’s state record of 6.95 seconds in the event. Taking second, Yearwood ran at 7.01 seconds. The third-place winner, who is a biological female, finished at 7.23 seconds.

According to the state’s Interscholastic Athletic Conference, high school athletes are allowed to compete as the gender with which they identify.

Critics point out that the two keep winning because they are biological males with more physical power. Yearwood admitted that even though he is transitioning to a female, he is stronger than his natural-born female opponents.

“One high jumper could be taller and have longer legs than another, but the other could have perfect form, and then do better,” Yearwood said. “One sprinter could have parents who spend so much money on personal training for their child, which, in turn, would cause that child to run faster.”

The two, in fact, have faced stiff opposition to their participation in the state’s female sports. The families of three of these runners filed a federal lawsuit this month asking to block transgender girls from competing against biological girls.

Selina Soule, a high school runner, said she is not against these biological men being true to themselves, but “athletics have always had extra rules to keep the competition fair,” she said.

She is also among girls who filed suit this month, arguing that allowing athletes with a male anatomy to compete against biological girls deprives girls of track titles and scholarship opportunities.

If a judge rules against the state policy, Miller and Yearwood would not be able to run track this spring. ABC reported that they want a U.S. district judge to delay ruling on a motion that would expedite a temporary injunction against the state policy. Their attorneys indicated to the court they plan to file a motion to intervene in the case this week.

“Plaintiffs should not be allowed to file a lawsuit whose core purpose is to exclude Andraya and Terry from the spring track meets, but then prevent them from participating in the lawsuit by not naming them as parties,” attorney Dan Barrett wrote in Friday’s filing.

Connecticut is among 17 states that allowed transgender high school athletes to compete without restriction in 2019. 

Meanwhile, eight states have now banned transgender athletes from competing as any gender other than their birth gender.

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