NCAA trans athlete CeCe Telfer doesn’t win every race

UPDATE, May 26: Franklin Pierce senior CeCe Telfer won the 400-meter hurdles on Saturday night and went on to post victory by more than a second, in a personal collegiate-best time of 57.53 seconds, according to the university website. Her finish was two seconds shy of the NCAA Division II record. As far as we know, she is the first publicly out transgender woman to win an NCAA track & field title.

A&M-Commerce sophomore Minna Sveard took second place, as she posted a personal season-best time of 59.21 seconds, one and a half-seconds behind Telfer. Close behind, in third place, Central Washington sophomore Sidney Trinidad made it three finishers to post a time of under a minute, as she crossed the line at 59.49 seconds.

The Ravens site reported that earlier in the day, Telfer came in fifth place in the 100-meter hurdles and earned All-America First Team honors. Running out of lane 7, she crossed the line at 13.56 seconds, just one half-second behind the winner. Pittsburg State senior Courtney Nelson, who had been the top qualifier out of Friday’s preliminary heats, took home the national title in 13.06 seconds. San Francisco State junior Monisha Lewis followed in second (13.29), while Minnesota-Duluth senior Danielle Kohlwey took third (13.31). Lindenwood senior Erin Hodge narrowly edged Telfer at the line for fourth place, with a time of 13.47 seconds.

A fellow Northeast-10 Conference student-athlete, Southern Connecticut State senior Briana Burt, followed Telfer in sixth out of lane 8, with a time of 13.83 seconds. Already Conference competitors, Telfer and Burt shared an embrace as fellow All-Americans after crossing the finish line.

This was the third and final day of the NCAA Championships, hosted by Texas A&M-Kingsville, at Javelina Stadium.

ORIGINAL STORY, March 10: Bad news for those looking for proof that transgender women athletes are “destroying” women’s athletics because of what they claim is their “inherent advantage” over cisgender — non-trans — competitors.

They will surely be disappointed in the results from the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships in Pittsburgh, Kan. Saturday. If anything, they will see that one young trans woman, CeCe Telfer, who’s been targeted by right-wing websites for “switching to female” didn’t even crack the top five in any of her events.


CeCe Telfer, center, as seen moments prior to the start of the 60M hurdles.
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Telfer scored one point for her team with her 6th place finish in the Women’s 60M hurdles finals (she placed 3rd in the preliminaries).


CeCe Telfer finished the 60M hurdles in the middle of the pack.
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Telfer finished 12th in the 200M prelims.

According to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the Franklin Pierce University senior from Lebanon, New Hampshire, went into Saturday’s event ranked third nationally in the 60M hurdles at 8.33, and seventh nationally in the 200 at 24.08. She won individual titles in the 60M, 200M and 60M hurdles at the Northeast-10 Championships.

You can view the Saturday hurdles event starting at 6 hours and 56 minutes on the NCAA website.

Telfer is expected to compete in next month’s Silfen Invitational at Connecticut College in New London, Conn. on April 14.


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