Posted BY: Jasmine | NwoReport

Another day, another biological male is taking opportunities from deserving females.

Athena Ryan took second place Saturday in the high school women’s 1600-meter race at the North Coast Meet of Champions in California. The top three athletes advance to the CIF State Track & Field Championships next week.

So the fourth-place finisher, Adeline Johnson, missed her chance to compete in State by just one spot. A spot was taken by a boy.

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Ryan, a junior at Sonoma Academy, competed on the men’s team in 2021. But he’s been running in women’s events for the past two seasons.

In Saturday’s meet, he clocked a season-record 4:55:91 in the 1600m finals.

He would have finished last in the male category.

The slowest male time in the preliminaries was 4:46:54. The slowest male time in the finals was 4:35:12.

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