Race Attendees Boo Trans Runner After Winning State Title

By Mike Fishmore | May 20, 2024

Negative reactions

During the Oregon Girls' 6A 200-meter state championship, Aayden Gallagher, a transgender high school runner from McDaniel High School, faced boos from the audience despite winning the state title with a two-tenths of a second lead. 

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Gallagher, who also received negative reactions while finishing the race, had the top time in the preliminary heats. Additionally, Gallagher excelled in the 400-meter preliminaries but narrowly missed winning the final by 0.15 seconds. 

The event occurred

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The event occurred in Eugene, Oregon, the venue known for hosting the U.S. Championships and Olympic Trials.