Female High School Track Star Says We Must Preserve and Protect Women’s Sports
“Iowa track officials already know there are huge biological differences between boys and girls.”
Ainsley Erzen is a high school student in Iowa and an award winning athlete.
She writes at the Des Moines Register:
Opinion: Iowa girls are relying on Athletic Union to preserve girls sports
To the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union,
My name is Ainsley Erzen, and I’m writing to you concerning comments in the Cedar Rapids Gazette that the union needs guidance regarding transgender athletes in sports.
This summer, I won the girls 800-meter high school national championship in track, and broke the Iowa state record. It was such an honor to represent my state as the first Iowa female high school runner to win a national track title, and so humbling to have my name listed among such talented women as Shelby Houlihan and Joy Ripslinger. I believe this is a prime example of some of my most core beliefs: that if you work hard and put your faith in the Lord, He can, and will, accomplish things within you that you could never even dream of on your own.
That being said, my time of 2:06.52, the time that made me the fastest Iowa high school female 800 runner of all time, the time that earned me the title of national champion, was easily beat by 85 high school boys at the 2021 Iowa high school state track meet alone. Eighty-five. Just in our small state of Iowa. The results of the 2021 Drake Relays proved to be no different, as the last male runner came through the line in a time of 2:03. That same year, a time of 2:13 was enough to make me the 800-meter Drake champion. The slowest boy was easily 10 seconds faster than the first-place girl. But I don’t need to explain this to you. Iowa track officials already know there are huge biological differences between boys and girls. Why else would the 2021 girls blue standard (the automatic qualifying time for the Drake Relays) have been 2:16, while the boys was set 20 seconds faster, at 1:56?
These numbers should end any dispute. There is no explanation for the performance gap except for biological differences. Iowa athletic unions already have all these numbers. In fact, it’s on their own websites that I was able to find them myself. But here we are, with the IGHSAU, which exists to protect girls sports, asking for advice. So I’ll go on.
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And a little child shall lead them.
“But look — the sports emperors have no clothes!”
Meanwhile, back at the Penn swim team:
16 Lia Thomas Teammates Sign Letter Asking Penn [to] Bar Thomas From Competing
“We have been told that if we spoke out against her inclusion into women’s competitions, that we would be removed from the team or that we would never get a job offer.”
Anybody else here think that sounds a lot like extortion?
The hypocrisy is hilarious, though I doubt she is self-aware enough to realize it. You want to keep boys from competing with you? Ok, fine. Do the same “biological differences” make it ok for, most likely, zero women being the best candidate for certain jobs? Or must that be discarded in the name of equity?
After decades of Title IX suits against college athletics, I have no sympathy. Sports is entertainment, not academics. Sports departments need to be calved off from their host colleges and reincorporated as independent sports clubs, the way racing and football is in Europe.
brava to this young woman–in a well-reasoned letter composed with a balance and maturity beyond her years, she lays out the reality of the consequences to thousands of authentic females should female “poseurs” be allowed to compete in the same class–she is not responsible for the previous decades of ncaa malfeasance, but she is here now, in her own time, signing her own name, and voicing her legitimate and reality-based objections to a practice that, by any measure, is simply wrong