(Meredith) -- Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood took the top two spots in the 100-meter dash at this year's Connecticut girl's track and field state championship. Now, some are arguing they had an unfair advantage because they're transgender.
Miller took first place in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. Andraya placed second in the 100-meter dash. They are both sophomores.
Yearwood told WTNH last year she identified as a girl even as a child. "I had these pink and purple furry boots that I wore to school. I guess since I was always different I learned to deal with it and grow tougher skin over it," Yearwood said.
The rule in Connecticut says that student-athletes must play in the division that matches the gender they identify with. WTNH reports some parents and student-athletes have started petitions to change that rule. One parent, Bianca Stanescu, is petitioning to require athletes to compete in sports based on their gender at birth unless the athlete has undergone hormone therapy.
Stanescu's daughter, Selina Soule, placed sixth in the 100-meter dash. She told the Hartford Courant, "I think it’s unfair to the girls who work really hard to do well and qualify for Opens and New Englands. These girls, they’re just coming in and beating everyone. I have no problem with them wanting to be a girl."
It could prove difficult to change the rule. The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference told WTNH that their policy follows state law. In order to change their policy, the state law would also have to change.
Connecticut isn't the first state to struggle with placing transgender athletes. In Texas, a transgender wrestler named Mack Beggs was booed after winning the girl's wrestling state championship. Texas law says student-athletes have to compete in the division that matches the gender on their birth certificate, so Beggs, who is transitioning into a man, had to compete in the girl's division. He said he wanted to compete in the men's division, but couldn't.