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Queen Quedith Claye née Harrison (born September 10, 1988) is an American hurdler and sprinter who competed in the 400 metres hurdles at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Queen is a meet director for Virginia's Best Track and Field Classic - a 2017 version VHSL meet hosted in Richmond, Virginia started in 2017.[2]

Queen Harrison
2011-06-09 Queen Harrison.jpg
Harrison at the 2011 Bislett Games
Personal information
Birth nameQueen Harrison
Born (1988-09-10) September 10, 1988 (age 31)
Loch Sheldrake, New York, U.S.
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)[1]
Weight130 lb (59 kg)[1]
College teamVirginia Tech
Coached byLawrence Johnson[1]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100mH 12.43 (2013)
400mH - 54.55 (2010)
Updated on 19 September 2015.

Born in Loch Sheldrake, New York,[3] Harrison attended Hermitage High School in Richmond, Virginia, where she competed in events including hurdling, long jump, and triple jump.

She went on to attend Virginia Tech. She set a school record of 55.81 in the 400 meter hurdles while placing third at the 2007 NCAA Championship.[4] Harrison made NCAA history in 2010 by becoming the first woman to ever win both the 100m and 400m hurdles titles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She also won the 60m hurdle title at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships making her a 3-time national champ while at Virginia Tech. Queen Harrison set a ACC record in the 400 meter hurdles.[5]

Harrison placed second at the 400 meter hurdles at 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials with a time of 54.60.[6] Harrison became the first track and field athlete from Virginia Tech to compete at the Olympics.[7]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Harrison was eliminated in the 400 meter hurdles semifinals after finishing with a time of 55.88 seconds.[8]

On December 16, 2010, Queen Harrison won The Bowerman, the "Heisman of Track and Field"

Queen Harrison at the Bislett Games 2011.

She qualified to the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, but did not make it out of the semi-final round.

At the 2012 Olympic trials, she narrowly missed qualifying for the finals in the shorter 100 meters hurdles.[9] At 400 hurdles, was the slowest time qualifier into the semis-final round[9] and ran even slower in that semi-final.[9] Since 2012, her IAAF profile shows no results in the longer race. Instead she has focused her efforts into the shorter race.

She finished second at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships setting her personal best at 12.43. That ranks her tied for the 16th best performer on the all-time list. That qualified her to the 2013 World Championships in Athletics in the new event. She finished fifth in the final.

She placed fourth at the 2015 National Championships from which she was selected to compete at the 2015 Pan American Games where she won the gold medal.

Queen placed fourth in the 100 meter hurdles in 12.57 at the 2016 United States Olympic Trials (track and field) on July 8.[10]

Queen married fellow US athlete Will Claye in October 2018.[11] Claye proposed immediately after Olympic winning the silver medal in the triple jump at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.[12][13]


  1. ^ a b c "Queen Harrison". USA Track & Field. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Hurdling barriers with Queen Harrison". ALTIS World. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Queen Harrison Biography". ASICS America Corporation. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  4. ^ Queen Harrison profile accessed October 18, 2009.
  5. ^ "#ThisIsHome - @goQueengo". Twitter. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  6. ^ USATF - Events - 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field accessed October 18, 2009.
  7. ^ Queen Harrison profile – USA Track and Field accessed October 18, 2009.
  8. ^ Women’s 400 m hurdles semifinal results accessed October 18, 2009.
  9. ^ a b c
  10. ^ "2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Results - Track & Field - 6/30/2016 to 7/10/2016 Eugene, Oregon". USATF. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Olympic Athletes Queen Harrison and Will Claye Are Married". People. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  12. ^ "An Olympic engagement: Will Claye wins silver, proposes to Queen Harrison". CNN. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  13. ^ "Olympian Will Claye proposes to Queen Harrison". ESPN. Retrieved 9 December 2016.

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