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Craig Telfer was a pretty good hurdler and all around athlete for the Franklin Pierce men’s track team last year. You can see some of his stats here. He finished second at the Greater Boston Track Club Invitational in the 60 meter hurdles as a junior, losing only to his teammate by less than 1/10 of a second. He was coming along nicely and set up for a strong senior year.
Then Craig decided that he was really Cece, and wanted to compete with women. In a sane world this would not be allowed, since Craig is a biological male who has 21 years of male growth that gives him advantages over women. He would immediately be levels above every female he competed against.
But this is not a sane world, and in the name of social justice we have to pretend that this is fair and OK. Today was the Northeast 10 Conference Championship meet. Cece Taylor won all three events that he ran in, because he got compete against a bunch of biological women, AKA real women. He won the 60 meter dash, stealing victory from Stonehill Senior Olivia Dexter, and Assumption College’s Victoria Steffon, a Wachusett graduate.
His time of 7.63 would’ve been .72 seconds behind the men’s winner, and a full half second behind the 8th place finisher.
He easily won the 200 meter dash, stealing first place from Southern Connecticut State’s Begotty Laroche, Dexter, and Steffon.
His time of 24.45 seconds was nearly 3 seconds slower than the men’s winner, and nearly 2 seconds behind the 8th place finisher on the men’s side.
Then he went on to win the 60 meter hurdles by over half a second, easily beating Stonehill’s Zoe Smith, while also taking down UMass Lowell’s Elisabeth Monty’s six year old meet record by .06 seconds.
I used to coach Elisabeth Monty at Shepherd Hill. I don’t think I’ve ever coached anyone who worked as hard as her. That girl lived to hurdle, and she was an excellent athlete. She finished third in the state as a senior (even though she had to run in these ridiculous, welfare uniforms).
She earned that record, and now her name will disappear from the record books because Craig decided to become CeCe and take it away from her. Her time of 8.55 would’ve beaten the second place finisher’s time by 0.4 seconds, an eternity in a short race like that. That’s how dominant she was.
Keep in mind, in the hurdles there is a distinct advantage for being taller. The mens hurdles are six inches taller than the women’s hurdles, and closer together, and CeCe Taylor is very tall.
Because he’s a dude. He can literally step over hurdles like they’re barely there. For the last 21 years his bones have been growing like any biological male, his muscles have been getting stronger like any biological male, and there is testosterone running through his body. All of these things give him unfair advantages. In a sane world we would call this cheating. But in America in 2019 we call it social progress.
Although the taller hurdles do slow you down, his time arguably could’ve placed in the top 8 on the men’s side.
So he’s one of the better male hurdlers in New England, competing against women. Shocking outcome that he won.
He scored 30 points of his team’s 52 points by himself to help Franklin Pierce finish 6th overall, single handedly scoring more points than Merrimack, Le Moyne, and Bentley College.
For beating up on a bunch of biological women this man was awarded the Most Outstanding Female Track Performer of the Meet.
— The NE10 (@TheNortheast10) February 17, 2019
His Athletic Director is bragging about it on Twitter.
— FPU Ravens (@FPUathletics) February 18, 2019
Oh, and… one more thing!
— FPU Ravens (@FPUathletics) February 17, 2019
Congratulations to all our athletes for a successful day @TheNortheast10 championships! Special shoutout to CeCe Telfer for being named the Most Outstanding Track Performer! pic.twitter.com/wWmSwhCStv
— Rachel Burleson (@FPURavensAD) February 17, 2019
Editor’s Note. Athletic Director Rachel Burleson has taken down this tweet shortly after we published the blog. Her quote was “Congratulations to all our athletes for a successful day @TheNortheast10 championships! Special shoutout to CeCe Telfer for being named the Most Outstanding Track Performer.”
Then strangely she put it up again, because I’m assuming she thought we couldn’t embed her new tweet into the blog. We can.
Congratulations to all our athletes for a successful day @TheNortheast10 championships! Special shoutout to CeCe Telfer for being named the Women’s Most Outstanding Track Performer! pic.twitter.com/HZv9kf8Nln
— Rachel Burleson (@FPURavensAD) February 18, 2019
How can anyone cheer for this? Do you feel good about yourself? Do you feel like you earned something? The real women had no shot at all going into this meet, because CeCe has been smashing records all season, and Franklin Pierce has been bragging about it on Twitter.
ICYMI last night: CeCe Telfer led the way for @FPURavensXCTF at the John Thomas Terrier Classic at BU, as she hit the NCAA Championships auto qualifying mark in the 60-meter hurdles for the fourth time this season. #RavenNation #LetsFly
— FPU Ravens (@FPUathletics) January 26, 2019
— FPURavensXCTF (@FPURavensXCTF) December 1, 2018
**SCHOOL RECORD ALERT** CeCe Telfer runs 7.18 in the 55m (converts to 7.74 for 60m! Moves on to the final for another crack at it!!! #FPUtrack
— FPURavensXCTF (@FPURavensXCTF) December 7, 2018
She even set both the school record AND NCAA record in the pentathlon. Look at the hashtag Franklin Pierce shamelessly used.
**SCHOOL RECORD ALERT** And she does it! CeCe Telfer runs 2:29.47 for 800m to win the 5 event pentathlon here at the Elm City Challenge with a new #FPUtrack record & NCAA prov mark of 3714pts #TheExperienceMATTERS
— FPURavensXCTF (@FPURavensXCTF) December 8, 2018
No, his penis matters. The fact that he has a biological male’s body matters. His experience was as a man. He didn’t actually accomplish anything. He’s one of thousands of men who could easily just claim to be a woman and win the women’s meet. It’s sad, pathetic, and disgusting that a school would not only allow something like this to happen, but then brag about it on social media. Experience matters? So all the women that lost to him, their experience didn’t matter enough?
Oh, and the 8.49 he ran in the hurdles today isn’t even close to his best time.
CeCe Telfer runs 8.33 to win the 60H finals!! #FPUtrack
— FPURavensXCTF (@FPURavensXCTF) December 1, 2018
So he’s probably going to win the National Championship too. Because he’s a dude competing against women.
Honestly, it’s up to women to put a stop to this. Men crossing over into women’s sports does not affect other men in a negative way. But it hurts women. Women who have worked their asses off their entire lives to get to this point, only to have it snatched away from them because Craig decided to become CeCe at the age of 21. I have a daughter, and I’d like her to do sports when she gets to Wachusett, but what’s the point? By the time she gets to high school this will be commonplace. There’s some boy out there right now who will become a girl just in time to beat her.
It’s up to women to speak up about this. I hereby invite any woman who lost to her to come forward, on the record, and tell me how they feel about this. But I’m sure I won’t hear from any of them, because they know what will happen if they have the audacity to complain about this blatant chauvinistic display of male privilege. They’d be castigated as transphobic bigots for standing up for themselves.
But at some point you have to do what’s right. You can either sit there and watch this happen to more girls, or you can be a pioneer. It wasn’t easy for the suffragists to fight for the right to vote, nor was it easy for Rosa Parks to refuse to go to the back of the bus. Believe me, I know what it’s like to self-censor in order to avoid being demonized. I did it for 11 years as a teacher. But once you start saying the truth out loud, it will feel very liberating and you’ll be surprised how many people line up behind you.
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