Parents and athletes are crying foul as a high school sophomore Soren Stark-Chessa — a biological male — is dominating girl’s track and field events in Maine.
Tempers flared when Stark-Chessa displaced a girl from earning a medal at Maine’s XC Festival Champions track and field event last Saturday.
Disgruntled athletes and parents noted that Stark-Chessa participated in the boys division last year and ranked “approximately 172nd among males in the state,” according to Fox News. This year, the student is participating in the girls’ division and is ranked 4th in the state.
Katherine Collins, the mother of a biological female track and field participant, shared her concerns in an interview with “Fox & Friends.” Collins claimed the playing field is unfair, noting there is a “primary difference in … muscle mass and lung capacity.”
“Boys have a 10-20% natural advantage.” said Collins.
Collins also criticized the Maine Principals Association for allowing the transgender runner to compete. The rules state that boys and girls should compete in separate events, but an exception is made for transgender students. The MPA argues that Stark-Chessa can compete in the girls’ division based on that exception.
Collins, however, noted that the “Gender Equity and Inclusion Policy” states that the exception should not be enforced when resulting in a safety concern or unfair advantage.
“Obviously, there is an unfair advantage … they’ve allowed this,” said Collins.
The mother, whose daughter competes in track and family is very familiar with happenings in the northeastern track and field world, noted that “last year, in the Class-C state meet, two boys participated. One podiumed and was moved on to the New England track meet. So a girl was put aside and not allowed to medal and not allowed to participate in a higher level because of this boy.”
Collins claimed the event was unfair to biological girls participating in that event.
Although Stark-Chessa placed only fifth in Saturday’s event, the student has won other races earning him a 4th place ranking in the state.
An anonymous female runner commented to Maine podcast host Shawn McBreairty: “It is not fair to a female who has trained hard. Males are biologically faster than females, with testosterone. They need to run under their biological gender.”
Biden administration officials presented an adapted interpretation of Title IX, originally passed in 1972 to “prohibit federally funded educational institutions from discriminating against students or employees based on sex,” to allow biological males to participate in girls’ sports based on their claimed sexual identity.
Earlier this year, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Title IX was designed to “prevent discrimination against transgender kids.”
GOP presidential candidates have expressed opposition to biological males participating in girls’ sports.
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