A few days ago, an Alaskan male sprinter in high school placed relatively high in multiple girl track and field events. Nattaphon Wangyot, a male who identifies as female, competed in the 100 and 200-meter races during the state finals and finished third and fifth place, respectively. Following the race, many girls spoke out about the issues they had with Wangyot being allowed to compete against other females.
Emma Daniels, a runner from Hutchinson High, told The Daily Caller that she is “glad that this person is comfortable with who they are and they’re able to be happy in who they are, but I don’t think it’s competitively completely 100-percent fair”.
Another student-athlete, named Peyton Young, followed up with, “I don’t know what’s politically correct to say, but in my opinion your gender is what you’re born with”.
Wangyot also played on the girls volleyball and basketball teams.
I have nothing against how the kid identifies, but I do have an issue with allowing her to compete against other females. Male and female athletes are separated for a reason; Competitively, both genders are on different levels. Specifically for track and field, you can simply look up world records and observe the drastic difference between the times and distances for women and men. In no way am I saying that girls are incapable of competing with the guys. I am simply stating that statistics reveal a clear imbalance. So I completely understand where these girls are coming from.
I took it a upon myself to look up Wangyots track and field profile. Wangyots best time for the 100-meter is a respectable 13.14. He wouldn’t quit measure up against the guys though. The worst time for the boys during the Alaskan state meet was a 12.47. So, from Wangyost perspective, it is much fairer for her to compete with the girls rather than the guys. It’s not like she is completely dominating the track either. The kid didn’t even take first place in either event.
Let me know what you guys think in the comment section.
P.S. did Young’s fear of being politically incorrect make anyone else cringe?