Transgender Cross Country Runner Set Girls’ Record At Brookline High This Past School Year

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A male transgender runner set a girls’ cross country school record at Brookline High School during the 2022-2023 school year.

Junior Chloe Barnes is a biological male who identifies as a transgender girl, as TB Daily News reported in January 2023 and Brookline’s student newspaper, The Sagreported in June 2022. And during the fall 2022 cross-country season, Barnes set a school record on the girls’ cross-country team.

Barnes recorded the fastest-ever 1.63-mile time (11:33.00) for the girls’ during the team’s October 19, 2022, meet against Newton North, according to the team’s all-time record page on and TB Daily News. Barnes set the record while competing in the junior varsity meet; the junior varsity course in Brookline is 1.63 miles, while the varsity course is 2.78 miles, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

On the boys’ side, the record would not come close to registering in the top 20 all-time performances, according to The boys’ record on the same course is 9:20.00, a full two minutes and 13 seconds faster than Barnes. And the 20th-best boys’ performance on the course was 9:46.00, one minute and 47 seconds faster than Barnes.

Barnes is a multi-season runner. The runner helped the Brookline High indoor track and field team win an MIAA Division 1 state championship with a fourth-place finish (8.72 seconds) in the 55-meter hurdle, as NewBostonPost previously reported. The news went national and irked Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley, Olympic gold medalist and transgender Republican Caitlyn Jenner, and U.S. Representative Mary Miller (R-Illinois), all of whom expressed dissatisfaction with it, as NewBostonPost also reported.

The 8.72-second 55-meter hurdle time makes Barnes the fourth-fastest competitor in that event on the girls’ side in school history, according to And while Barnes only competed in one meet during the 2023 outdoor track and field season this spring, the runner ranks sixth (16.01 seconds) among the fastest 100-meter hurdle runners on the girls’ side in school history, according to


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