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Transgender Oregon high school runner hears boos from crowd after winning women’s 200-meter state title

A transgender high school runner was booed as he was crowned state champion in the Oregon 6A girls 200 meters.

Aayden Gallagher of McDaniel High School won the state title by two-tenths of a second. Gallagher was also booed as he crossed the finish line of the race.

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Aayden Gallagher was booed Saturday after winning a state title. (Screenshot)

Gallagher also had the best time in the preliminary heats of the event.

The sophomore also ran the fastest 400 meter preliminary, but lost the 400 meter final by 0.15 seconds.

The competition took place in Eugene, Oregon, the same stadium where the U.S. Championships and Olympic Trials are held.

Gallagher sparked outrage on social media Wednesday after competing in several events during the Portland Interscholastic League championship semifinals against girls.

Gallagher finished in first place in the 400-meter preliminary heat with a time of 56.14, 0.23 seconds better than the runner-up. Gallagher finished second in the 200-meter preliminary heat with a time of 24.49 – about 0.17 slower than first.

These events led her to qualify for the state finals which took place this weekend.

The shadows of the runners in the one-mile final are silhouetted on the running track. (Bernd Thissen/photo alliance via Getty Images)

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The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) has a policy regarding transgender participation in high school sports.

“OSAA strives to enable students to participate in athletic or activity programs consistent with their consistently affirmed gender identity while providing a fair and safe environment for all students,” the policy states.

“As with rule 8.2 regarding length of eligibility/graduation, rules like this promote harmony and fair competition among member schools by maintaining equality of eligibility and increase the number of students who will have the opportunity to participate in inter-school activities.”

Additionally, OSAA rules state that “once a transgender student has informed his or her school of his or her gender identity, the student will consistently be treated as that gender for purposes of eligibility for sports and activities, provided that if he or she has attempted or participated in an activity, the student may not participate during that same season on a team of the other sex.”

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This comes weeks after five West Virginia middle school girls were barred from competing in a track and field event after protesting and refusing to compete in an event due to the inclusion of a transgender athlete in the competition.

Ryan Gaydos of Fox News contributed to this report.

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