At age 16, Alanna Smith, competed in a regional track and field competition in which she took third place. A boy who identified as a girl won first place.
“It was really upsetting,” Smith said in 2020. “We all already knew who was going to win and take the top spots before we even started.”
Smith and three other high school girls sued the Connecticut Association of Schools last year for forcing them to compete against boys in girls events. On Sunday, a federal judge ruled their case was moot because the male competitors who swept numerous track meets, Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller, have since graduated. Christiana Holcomb of Alliance Defending Freedom, the nonprofit law firm representing the four girls, said they will appeal the decision.
“The court essentially came back and said, your losses and your achievements mean nothing,” Holcomb said. She called the ruling a slap in the face to women.