Trans Runner Qualifies For State Championships After Seizing TWO Gold Medals In Girls Varsity Races

Aayden Gallagher is a student competing in girls’ track events. Gallagher recently showcased outstanding performance in the Portland Interscholastic League (PIL) Championships. In both the 400- and 200-meter runs, Gallagher won first place.

In April, Gallagher came under fire when videos appeared on the internet showing the Sherwood Need for Speed Classic in Sherwood, Oregon. Independent news site Reduxx first posted the video, but it was subsequently removed when a Sherwood resident complained to X.

A few days later, Gallagher won two additional girls track events at Roosevelt High School, taking first place in the 200- and 400-meter varsity events.

Gallagher was permitted to compete in the semi-finals of the Portland Interscholastic League Championship on May 7. She ran in the 200- and 400-meter girls varsity events, finishing first and second, respectively.

Ranking allowed Gallagher to compete in finals at Lincoln High School.

Gallagher outran Aster Jones of Roosevelt High School in the 200 meters and went on to win the 400 meters with ease. In Oregon’s track and field scene, Jones is regarded as a rising star. She has placed first in all of her previous timed races this year.

Gallagher has now qualified to compete in the Oregon state championships, which will take place later this month.

A middle school track coach in the Portland region and the parent of a female athlete in the district spoke to The Publica. They described Gallagher’s involvement in female athletics as “disappointing and frustrating.”

The parent said: “My daughter has been running track since she was seven years old and to work so hard for so many years, for it to be taken away by a boy that cannot get attention any other way than to run against girls.”

The coach criticized the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) for not establishing a third category for trans runners.

He said: “I think the allowance for this to occur is based on politics and gender ideology. It is frustrating that the OSAA supports this. Why can’t OSAA make a category for trans/non-binary athletes as other organizations do? It is easy to make a [separate] category.”