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Champion athlete visits Whitewater

With the help of a champion athlete, the Wildcats are ready to chase a “natural high.” Track and field legend Queen Harrison-Claye spoke to Whitewater High health classes about drug and alcohol awareness and the importance of clean living.

Queen boasts a storied career and shared her tips on how to excel. Specializing in hurdles, she was a six-time All-American at Virginia Tech. She set the school record for the 400-meter hurdles and later earned induction into the school hall of fame. In 2010, she made NCAA history by becoming the first woman to ever win both the 100m and 400m hurdles titles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She capped off the tremendous season by winning The Bowerman, the “Heisman of Track and Field.”

Queen also excelled in international competition. In 2008 at age 19, she became the first track and field athlete from Virginia Tech to compete at the Olympics. In 2015, she won a Pan American Championship gold medal and a World Relay Championship in the shuttle hurdle relay in 2019.


Posted 5/17/2023