Male Transgender Sprinter Wins Two Girls State Championships — as a Freshman
Transgender sprinter Andraya Yearwood from Cromwell High School in Cromwell, Connecticut, won the girls' 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at the Connecticut high school Class M state championships. Yearwood was born male but allowed to compete with the girls. To make matters worse, she is a freshman, so she beat girls who are as many as three years older than her. Had she competed with the boys, she would have taken last place.
"It feels really good," Yearwood told The Day after winning the races on May 30. "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" (emphasis added).
Kate Hall, the junior from Stonington High School who won the 100-meter dash last year — a feat for a sophomore — was reportedly "emotional" after losing to Yearwood. "It's frustrating," Hall told the Hartford Courant. "But that's just the way it is now."
Here is a video of the race.
"I can't really say what I want to say, but there's not much I can do about it," Hall added, perhaps alluding to the fact that she had to compete with a biological boy. "You can't blame anyone. Her times were slowing during the season. If I ran my best race, I could have won. I didn't. I hadn't felt good the last three days, but there are no excuses."
"Kate was emotional," Stonington coach Ben Bowne told the Courant. "She works really hard. She's a very competitive athlete. She hates losing to anybody."
Even after her emotional defeat, Hall showed grace to Yearwood. "From what I know she is really nice and that's all that matters. She's not rude and obnoxious," the junior said.
Rahsaan Yearwood, the transgender freshman sprinter's father, told the Courant that his daughter will begin consultations about hormone treatment in June, after her double victory at the state championships.
The father, who played college football, explained that there is often unfairness in sports. "There are guys who were 350 points," he said. "It wasn't fair that as a 225-pound linebacker, they came to block me, but that's the nature of the beast."
"As her father, I never think about it as competition," the father added. "This is not about winning and losing races. This is about the health of my teenage daughter. In terms of the fairness aspect, I don't think about that as a father. I only think about, is my daughter happy, healthy and able to participate in what she wants do to? I don't care if she wins or loses. ... She got to compete as a girl where she feels she should compete. That's all that matters to me."