Cromwell High School in Connecticut has welcomed a freshman boy who "identifies" as a girl onto the girls' track team. Andraya Yearwood, a freshman, ran in a competition against girls on Wednesday, performing extremely well with a time in the 100-meter dash that would have placed second in last year's State Open.
Yearwood informed his parents Rahsaan Yearwood and Ngozi Nnaji that he was transgender in middle school, reports Hartford Courant. He previously ran on the boys' track team for the school before getting permission to participate on girls' teams. In the fall, Yearwood participated on the girls' cheerleading team.
The 15-year-old is yet to take any steps in his "transition," but plans on taking hormone and puberty blockers and is considering a sex-reassignment surgery in the future.
The young boy ran in a competition on Wednesday, posting impressive times. Hartford Courant reports:
Andraya's times in the 100 and the 200 are fast. A year ago, her 11.99 in the 100 would have won the Class M title and put her second at the State Open, .01 seconds behind the winning time. And Andraya ran Wednesday in cold conditions, and without starting blocks. She is expected to get faster.
Yearwood also helped the 4x100-meter relay team place second.
“She has just been a member of the team running hard day in and day out,” said the girls' track coach, Brian Calhoun. "Happy to have a girl on the team that runs pretty quickly. … It is going to be a positive thing for the whole team.”
The boy's female teammates are also welcoming Yearwood with open arms.
"I definitely think she'll be an inspiration for people," said Sophia Ehsub, a teammate of Yearwood's. "I think Andraya is very brave and has lots of guts to go out in the world where it is not always supportive and positive."
When asked about the issue of inherent unfairness of a boy competing against young girls, Yeearwood's mother replied, "I know they'll say it is unfair and not right, but my counter to that is: Why not? She is competing and practicing and giving her all and performing and excelling based on her skills. Let that be enough. Let her do that, and be proud of that."
The young boy hopes to inspire other trans folks.
"Happy to have a girl on the team that runs pretty quickly."
Cromwell High School girls' track coach Brian Calhoun
"I do hope I inspire people, but not only with track," said Yearwood. "I hope it inspires people to not hold yourself back just because you're scared of it or it is your first time doing it, or because of other people's negativity."