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Trans High School Runner Finishes 2nd Among Girls, Would Have Finished Near Bottom of Boys Division

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Aayden Gallagher

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Aayden Gallagher, a transgender high school athlete competing in the girls’ division, secured second place in two girls’ events at a recent track meet.

Performance

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Comparing his performance times, if he had competed in the boys’ category, he would have likely finished towards the lower end of the standings.

Races

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Gallagher participated in the 200-meter and 400-meter races at the Sherwood High School Need for Speed Classic in Oregon last Saturday.

Outpacing

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Footage of Gallagher outpacing the girls in the race circulated over the weekend, leading to widespread controversy.

200-meter race

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Gallagher completed the 200-meter race in 25.49 seconds and the 400-meter race in 55.61 seconds.

Contention

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If these times had been recorded in the boys’ division, he would have placed 61st out of 65 in the 200-meter race and 46th out of 58 in the 400-meter race, indicating he wouldn’t have come close to podium contention.

Strong response

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There was a strong response from various individuals online, with many users expressing opposition to Gallagher’s participation in the competition.

Unfair

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Some argued that the girls should have declined to compete in a race that was evidently unfair.

Concern

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Expressing concern, a parent advocated for a change in the rules, pointing out that Gallagher’s strong performance could potentially lead him to qualify for the Oregon state championships and potentially displace a deserving female athlete.

Twenty-four states

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While twenty-four states have implemented measures to prohibit biological males who identify as females from competing in girls’ sports, Oregon has not taken such action.

Unfortunate

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This lack of regulation was unfortunate for the female athletes who competed against Gallagher.

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