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HS trans-female runner displaces female for state championship spot; protesters booted

At a California high school track and field qualifier meet on Friday, an 11th grade trans-female runner ended up preventing a biological female finisher from going to the state championships.

According to a Twitter post by the Independent Council on Women’s Sports, Athena Ryan’s second-place finish in the 1,600 meter run displaced Adeline Johnson, who finished fourth.

Video of the award ceremony shows a visibly upset Johnson, who prior to taking her place on the podium gives a “thumbs-down” gesture (pictured).

Meanwhile, pro-women-in-sports protesters who were holding signs and banners reading “Protect Female Sports” were asked to leave the stadium area.

In the video below, you can see a man asking the security guard if protesters had to leave because signs and banners weren’t permitted. The guard replies that they have be outside.

However, a woman off-camera points out that many others were holding up signs inside the stadium.

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One woman spectator took great offense to the protesters’ signs (below) saying “That is disgusting … I find that f***in’ offensive. It shouldn’t even f***ing matter. It’s none of your business what someone else does.”

“You have f***ing issues,” the woman continues. “I feel f***ing sorry for all your sorry asses.”

Ryan’s second-place time of 4:55.91 in the girls’ 1,600 meters wasn’t even close to placing in the top 29 of the boys’ finishers. The 29th — last — place boy had a time of 4:46.54 in the preliminaries.

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IMAGE: Independent Council on Women’s Sports/Twitter screencap

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