After Lawsuit Filed, Girl Defeats Transgender Sprinter | Athletic Business

After Lawsuit Filed, Girl Defeats Transgender Sprinter

Victory is hers — on the track, at least. One of the girls represented among three plaintiff families in a federal lawsuit filed last week arguing transgender student-athletes born male should not be allowed to compete against girls, defeated a transgender runner to win the Class-C Connecticut state championship in the 55-meter race Friday.

As reported by The Washington Times, Chelsea Mitchell of Canton High School ran the race in 7.18 seconds, edging Terry Miller of Bloomfield High School. Miller, a transgender athlete, finished at 7.20 seconds.

The families of Mitchell and two other student-athletes seek to block transgender athletes from competing in girls' sports in Connecticut. The lawsuit centers on Miller and another transgender sprinter, Andraya Yearwood of Cromwell High School, who have frequently outperformed their cisgender opponents. The two seniors have combined to win 15 girls' state indoor or outdoor championships since 2017, according to the lawsuit.

Mitchell and Miller reportedly didn't interact before or after Friday's race.

“I clapped because, for me, I’m not a hater," Miller said, as reported by the Times. “When you take a win, you take the win. And even if you don’t respect me, I’ll respect you.”

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