Be careful what kind of equality you wish for proggies.
Via KTVA: Haines (Alaska) runner Nattaphon Wangyot qualified for the girls 1-2-3A 100-meter and 200-meter finals last Friday afternoon at the high school state track and field meet, but unlike her competitors, she was born with male anatomy.
“We didn’t want to necessarily create a situation where we were going to bring in a committee and those types of things just because it’s just not practical here,” said ASAA Executive Director Billy Strickland during Friday’s meet.
Wangyot, who declined to comment on this story, qualified for state by running the 100-meter race in 13.14 seconds at the Region V 1-2-3A meet in Juneau on May 21.
In all, 16 runners qualified for state. Saskia Harrison, a runner for Fairbanks’ Hutchison High School, just missed the cut with a time of 14.11 seconds, just behind fellow Hutchison runner Emma Daniels.
“‘I’m glad that this person is comfortable with who they are and they’re able to be happy in who they are, but I don’t think it’s competitively completely 100-percent fair,” Harrison told KTVA.
Alaska is not alone in dealing with transgender athletes. Thirty states have a policy in place that, to at least to some capacity, allows transgender athletes to compete as the gender they identify with.