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Meet the Latest Track Star Standing up for Women’s Opportunities in Sports

By Maureen Collins posted on:
September 17, 2019

Meet Alanna Smith. She may have just started her sophomore year of high school, but she’s already making a name for herself in Connecticut high school track.

From a young age, it was clear that Alanna was gifted. Her mom, Cheryl, calls it a “God-given talent.” Alanna started running in middle school, where she easily won her races and was a state champion in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade.

But Alanna isn’t just good at running. She loves it. She puts her heart and soul into every race, practice, and run. Her long-term goal is to run at the collegiate level. And she is well on her way.

As a student at Danbury High School, Alanna is racing incredible times in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 400-meter dashes as well as the 4 X 400 meter relay. This past June Alanna won the 400m dash at the 74th New England Interscholastic Track and Field Championships—as a freshman!

Alanna is talented, and she trains hard. But in the end, she knows that will never be enough.

Since 2017, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) has allowed biological male athletes who identify as female to compete in women’s events. To the surprise of few, the male athletes have been winning—sweeping several indoor and outdoor women’s track titles.

Alanna knows opportunities for her to win races, achieve titles, and even earn scholarships, are being threatened. That’s why she signed an official Title IX complaint to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in the Department of Education. This past August, the (OCR) agreed to investigate this complaint.

Science and common sense tell us that men are physically stronger than women. Men run faster than women. This isn’t because males train more. It’s because they have more muscle mass, greater bone size, and even more heart and lung capacity. Clearly, biological males have a competitive advantage over females in sports.

In the New England Regional Championships this past June, a male athlete competed in the 200m dash. And, as you might have guessed, the male athlete won by more than a third of a second ahead of Alanna and the other female athletes. (That’s a pretty significant win in Track & Field.) Alanna would have been recognized as the runner-up in this race if it wasn’t for the male athlete. Instead, she placed third.

No male athletes competed in the 400m, and Alanna was able to take her rightful place as the winner of that event. But Alanna is just starting her sophomore year and has many races ahead of her. Allowing biological male athletes to continue competing against females could jeopardize the future of this rising star.

Thankfully, Alanna and others are taking a stand to ensure each of these races takes place on an even playing field.

Please stand with these young women and make it clear that they should not be forced to give up athletic – and even scholarship – opportunities at the expense of a political agenda. They deserve #FairPlay.

Make your voice heard. Sign the petition today to encourage the Trump Administration and Members of Congress to safeguard the athletic and academic futures of young women across the country.

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Maureen Collins

Maureen Collins

Web Writer

Maureen has a passion for writing and her work has appeared on The Federalist.

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