A cross nation race is just not a high ladies’s challenge

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Dahlia Verrill is a junior at Falmouth Excessive Faculty.

After I walked into cross nation observe lately, my teammate, a top-30 runner in school A ladies, was handed a letter addressing her as a fellow student-athlete. Interested in what this may very well be, she opened it fastidiously to disclose a letter urging her to purchase a “save ladies sports activities” T-shirt. The letter went on to label runner Soren Stark-Chessa as a “boy who thinks he’s a woman,” explaining that her participation in ladies’ cross nation is “egocentric and mistaken.”

I write this as a cisgender woman, one thing I want to make extraordinarily clear when evaluating my perspective. I’ve no relation to Soren moreover the truth that I, too, am a Maine ladies cross nation runner. I can’t fake to be solely educated on the trans neighborhood or their participation in sports activities; nonetheless, I’ve held sturdy opinions on the matter for a few years.