MA high school girls' track team wins with help of trans-identified biological male

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A Massachusetts high school recently came under fire for a girls’ track and field team win at last month’s state indoor championships, aided by a biological male athlete.

Chloe Barnes helped Brookline High School win Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association Division 1 Indoor Track and Field Championships after competing in the girls 55m hurdles, with the school winning the title over three other schools, according to the Daily Mail

Despite placing in fourth behind a fellow Brookline teammate, Barnes’ finish awarded her team points that led to their championship win. Team members are awarded points based on their finish in the finals, with the team gathering the most points being awarded the overall win. 

In high school meets, boys’ hurdles are six inches taller than those used by girls. Photos of Barnes saw the biological male athlete standing a head taller than female competitors. According to the Independent Council on Women’s Sports (ICONS), Barnes pushed senior runner Shayla Quill out of the finals. 

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