Trans Athlete Who Competed In Men’s Hurdle Division Wins Women’s National Title A transgender woman who competed as a man before her transition has become a National Collegiate Athletic Association track champion. CeCe Telfer successfully clinched the women’s 400 metre hurdle national title at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships for Frankland Pierce University on May 25. However, her impressive win has faced controversy with some people in the running community arguing transgender athletes competing in women’s sports may have an unfair advantage. Telfer was born and raised as a boy called Craig and competed on the men’s team at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, even though she personally identified as a woman. During 2016 and 2017, she wasn’t in the top 200 male athletes competing in the event. Her last competition as Craig took place in January 2018, and saw her finish eighth out of nine men in the 400 metres. Telfer resigned from the team and went on to have gender reassignment surgery before joining the women’s team in October. According to NCAA guidelines, male athletes are allowed to compete as women provided they suppress their testosterone levels for a full calendar year, but until then they must compete in the mixed-sex teams in the men’s division. Emerson says Telfer’s improved is down the increased effort she’s put in and her experience from the previous three seasons of competing.