Connecticut high school runner Selina Soule lost the opportunity to compete for a spot in the New England regional track meet because two biological males who identify as female competed in her event. At the 2019 Indoor Track & Field State Championships, Selina finished one place away from qualifying for finals, and the opportunity to compete for a qualifying spot at the New England Regional Championships in the 55-meter dash. The first and second spots in the race were taken by two male athletes. But this wasn’t just a disappointment for Selina. It meant she had to sit on the sidelines instead of competing in front of college scouts!
Had those two biological boys not been allowed to compete, Selina could have qualified to run the 55-meter event at the New England regionals. The biological male who won Selina’s race set a girls’ state indoor record and went on to win the New England titles in both the 55-meter dash and the 300-meter dash.
Male athletes are dominating girls’ high school track and field events, robbing female athletes of athletic opportunities, dreams of competing at the next level, and even potential scholarships. Thankfully, female athletes like Selina Soule are taking a public stand against the harmful policies that are allowing biological men to compete in women’s sports, and with the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, Selina filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education.