Transgender NCAA Runner Named ‘Female’ Athlete of the Week
Biological male runner June Eastwood awarded Big Sky Conference
University of Montana runner June Eastwood, a biological male identifying as a transgender woman, has been named female athlete of the week by the Big Sky Conference.
The conference said in its announcement Tuesday:
“June Eastwood finished second in a field of 204 runners at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational,” helping “Montana place seventh as a team."
Eastwood previously competed on the University of Montana’s men’s team.
The NCAA policy was previously cited by the University of Montana’s athletic director, explaining why Eastwood was competing on the women’s team.
The NCAA allows male transgender runners, identifying as women, to compete in women’s athletics after suppressing testosterone levels for a full calendar year.
According to scientific research, male athletes retain competitive advantages over female athletes, despite testosterone supression.
But Eastwood isn't alone in winning accolades in female athletics as a male athlete.
Biological male transgender cyclist Rachel McKinnon soared to "victory" in the 35-39 age category sprint at the Masters Track World Championships in Manchester, UK, on Saturday, taking the top spot for a second year running after winning the gold medal in Los Angeles last year.
McKinnon, who crushed the competition in the women's world championships to win gold and smash the world record, has blasted a defeated female competitor for "poor sportsmanship."
Earlier this year, a born-male transgender weightlifter, who "identifies" as a woman, smashed four women's world records in a single day, igniting a backlash from female Olympic champions.
The biological male trans powerlifter Mary Gregory announced on Instagram they had set four women's world records in one day at a Raw Powerlifting Federation event while competing as a transgender female.
Gregory crushed the existing records for the masters world squat, open-world bench press, masters world deadlift, and masters world total events.
"As a transgender lifter I was unsure what to expect going into this meet and everyone — all the spotters, loaders, referees, staff, meet director, all made me welcome and treated me as just another female lifter," Gregory gushed in an Instagram post.