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"WTF? transgender sprinter wins two state titles amidst controversy"
Sat Jun-16-18 11:58 AM by Ill Jux


the mike bibby post lead me to looking up his high school coaching success and i came across this story. This is pure fuckery, seriously, wtf is this? are we really letting teen aged young men with extensions in there hair compete with girls? FOH. I just realized this story is from 2017, it's still crazy.

i apologize if this has been previously posted

Connecticut transgender sprinter Andraya Yearwood wins two state titles amidst controversy

By: Cam Smith, USA TODAY High School Sports | June 7, 2017

The sentiment is universal: Everyone agrees that Andraya Yearwood should be allowed to compete in her chosen races as a girl. After all, she identifies as a girl, trains alongside fellow females and plans to eventually undergo hormone therapy to complete a transition from her male birth gender to female.

RELATED: Transgender freshman in Conn. competes with girls track team for first time

What is much harder to determine, as outlined beautifully in this Hartford Courant piece by Jeff Jacobs, is whether her competing as a girl in the Class M state track and field meet was fair.

Yearwood is a freshman star on the track for Cromwell High School, less than a 30 minute drive from Hartford. More than a week ago she blazed to a double state title victory in the 100 and 200 meters. In the process she vanquished the 200 meter winner from 2016, Stonington junior Sarah Hall, who had to deal with the repercussions of a year of improvement on the track and a step back in her final result relative to other competitors.

“I can’t really say what I want to say, but there’s not much I can do about it,” Hall told Jacobs. “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.

“From what I know she is really nice and that’s all that matters. She’s not rude and obnoxious.”

Befitting that assessment, both Yearwood and her father — an elementary school math teacher and former college football player — have taken the high road whenever they have come under fire for Yearwood’s gender, all while putting Andraya’s on-track success in perspective relative to her life.

“Obviously, I’ve gotten some negative attention but I don’t worry about it much,” Andraya Yearwood told the Courant. “I’ve gotten a lot of good attention for who I am, which is really nice; it helps me with my race.”

Added her father, Rahsaan Yearwood:

“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 to do? I don’t care if she wins or loses. I don’t care if she wins and gives the medals back. She got to compete as a girl where she feels she should compete. That’s all that matters to me. …

“I think anyone who makes a 15-year-old running in Class M in Connecticut into a bigger story than it needs to be — this is not someone that transitioned as a senior trying to get a scholarship to college,” he said. “This is someone who has been working toward this her whole life. There is a bigger story that has nothing to do with competitive track.”

We can’t encourage you enough to read Jacobs’ entire piece, and to think about it’s larger implications. The state of Connecticut is clearly stuck in a delicate tap dance, and perhaps the most significant takeaway is how well everyone seems to be putting an awkward and potentially explosive situation into broader perspective.

Andraya Yearwood, Connecticut, Cromwell High School (Cromwell CT), track, Track & field, transgender, transgender athletes, transgender athletics, Outside The Box


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WTF? transgender sprinter wins two state titles amidst controversy [View all] , Ill Jux, Sat Jun-16-18 11:53 AM
Subject Author Message Date ID
This post is destined to be awful.
Jun 16th 2018
this is why we need to have the discussion...
Jun 16th 2018
The extra comments are problematic. But I think it's a real issue
Jun 16th 2018
it's almost like our entire notion of gender is exposed
Jun 16th 2018
Yes. Nothing. Yes.
Jun 16th 2018
Jun 17th 2018
Fast enough to win 2 state titles as a freshman
Jun 17th 2018
Jun 17th 2018
      She can't even run under 12 seconds
Jun 17th 2018
           RE: She can't even run under 12 seconds
Jun 18th 2018
                Oh, nevermind then
Jun 18th 2018
                     you, sir, are a national treasure.
Jun 18th 2018
Jun 18th 2018
                     I know these posts are usually the Uber-Liberal Olympics and I'm not...
Jun 18th 2018
                     dont pretend thats your motivation lmao
Jun 18th 2018
                     I addressed a specific point to a specific poster, if you care to...
Jun 18th 2018
                     And AFAIK, track coaches recruit on times and potential, not medal count
Jun 18th 2018
                     So are high school sports important or no?
Jun 18th 2018
                          life, and its events, has whatever importance people put on it.
Jun 20th 2018
                               Bottom line is the original blanket statement was false. For reasons...
Jun 20th 2018
                                    I think he was saying that HS sports aren't that important
Jun 21st 2018
                                         he knows what walleye was saying.
Jun 21st 2018
                                         If the position is "HS sports aren't that important" doesn't that work.....
Jun 21st 2018
                                              what are the both ways?
Jun 21st 2018
                                                   This is a SPORTS board and if you are a SPORTS fan then you should...
Jun 21st 2018
                                                        it doesn't sound like the transgender kid is worrying about anything
Jun 21st 2018
                                                             Really the only way to be completely far is to eliminate gender...
Jun 21st 2018
                                                                  Again, sounds like the transgender kid isn't worrying about anything
Jun 21st 2018
                                                                  Right, because they're getting they're way, fuck those other girls
Jun 21st 2018
                     None of those things were at stake in this race
Jun 18th 2018
                          But your general blanket statement was false.
Jun 18th 2018
                               no, it wasnt. life priorites > h.s. sports. very simple and always tru...
Jun 20th 2018
                     An eternal question: why do people keep testing you?
Jun 18th 2018
                          they're too dumb to know they've lost
Jun 19th 2018
RE: The extra comments are problematic? why?
Jun 16th 2018
      why didn't you? why don't you think it's happening more often?
Jun 16th 2018
      I really don't get what would motivate a man to casually do this
Jun 17th 2018
           The UFC fighter who transitioned to a woman and beat up women
Jun 17th 2018
                "transitioned" is always the operative word to me on this
Jun 18th 2018
                he wasn't in the UFC
Jun 19th 2018
                     he/she was in some octagon fighting women
Jun 20th 2018
We’ve tried talking gay/trans issues on this board for years, Cy.
Jun 16th 2018
      *likes post* adds ❤️ for good measure
Jun 17th 2018
Jun 18th 2018
           get off bigotry?
Jun 19th 2018
                how do you know this? did you ask them?
Jun 21st 2018
seriously? that will get you enraged?
Jun 16th 2018
theres an entire world just beyond the tip of your nose
Jun 16th 2018
      RE: theres an entire world just beyond the tip of your nose
Jun 19th 2018
           no, but im not a fucking moron
Jun 20th 2018
                lol, u mad?
Jun 21st 2018
                     there was never going to be a "convo" between us
May 05th 2021
smartest OKP Forum, can turn dumb reallll quick
Jun 18th 2018
I'm somewhat in favor of anything that makes upper class white people
Jun 16th 2018
It's wild, I've seen this exact same article posted this week
Jun 16th 2018
isn't it an odd coincidence
Jun 25th 2018
Caitlyn Jenner says transgender girls competing in girls' sports in scho...
May 03rd 2021
oh now y'all like caitlyn jenner
May 03rd 2021
so it's all or nothing, huh?
May 05th 2021
      she's literally participated in women's tournaments
May 05th 2021
May 08th 2021
youre on the case
May 05th 2021
"Caitlyn Jenner is the Candace Owens of the trans community" - Jemele
May 05th 2021
      lol, wtf does that even mean? also f--k Jemele
May 08th 2021
Did y’all read about how all this legislation
May 05th 2021
May 05th 2021
May 05th 2021
There's a deep, ugly hole this is heading down
May 06th 2021
      I wonder if "heteronormative" has ever been used on this board before.
May 06th 2021
      Ha - I briefly tried to avoid it
May 06th 2021
May 06th 2021
      exactly this. same assholes that wanna check birth certificates b/c
May 07th 2021
           "These white reactionaries are valuable partners in this struggle"
May 08th 2021

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