Here we go again. It seems as if a month can’t go by these days without another women’s sporting event being won by a man “identifying” as a woman and further pushing competitive women’s sports toward extinction. This time it took place at the NCAA Division II women’s track national championship, held last weekend. In the 400 meter hurdles, Cece Telfer (formerly Craig Telfer), a senior from Franklin Pierce University, blew away the rest of the eight-person field, finishing nearly two seconds ahead of the second-place athlete. (And if you follow track and field, that is a significant margin for a race of that length.)
Of course, as recently as last year, Cece Telfer was competing as a male and not exactly dazzling the crowd. (Trib Live)
A transgender woman who competed as a man as recently as last year won an NCAA women’s track national championship on Saturday.
Franklin Pierce University senior Cece Telfer beat the eight-woman field in the Division II women’s 400-meter hurdles by more than a second, with a personal collegiate-best time of 57.53.
As recently as January 2018, Telfer had been competing as an athlete for Franklin Pierce men’s team as Craig. Telfer finished eighth in a field of nine in the Men’s 400 meters at the Middlebury Winter Classic in Vermont.
Of course, the school couldn’t be more proud.
In just its 7th year of existence, the @FPURavensXCTF has its first national champion. Senior CeCe Telfer took control of the 400-meter hurdles on Sat. PM and went on to post victory w/ a personal best time of 57.53. Read more here; https://t.co/vCukMSb7vS pic.twitter.com/gE3v7HQ3Ml
— Franklin Pierce (@FPUniversity) May 26, 2019
As the linked article notes, the NCAA guidelines have been revised to warn schools that they have to allow transgender athletes to compete provided they meet certain (very lenient) restrictions. Cece has been taking testosterone suppressants for the past year, meeting that requirement. They note that “According to medical experts on this issue, the assumption that a transgender woman competing on a women’s team would have a competitive advantage outside the range of performance and competitive advantage or disadvantage that already exists among female athletes is not supported by evidence.”
“Not supported by evidence?” Oh, really? Telfer ran the same event against the men last year and came in second to last. Now, even with his testosterone levels somewhat reduced (which one would assume might slow him down a bit), he’s blowing away the field against the women. And as we have covered here ad nauseam, this is hardly an isolated event. So-called transgender women are lapping the field in numerous sports when competing against actual women.
As repetitive as this may get, it’s important to keep highlighting these stories. As I recently observed, the Supreme Court continues to dodge this question, punting it back to the lower courts rather than tackling the underlying issue. If they dither for too long, they will have underwritten the implosion of competitive women’s sports, denying untold girls the opportunities for scholarships or futures in Olympic and professional sports.