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Queen Harrison

Queen Harrison at the Bislett Games 2011.

Queen Harrison (born September 10, 1988 in Loch Sheldrake, New York) is an American hurdler and sprinter who competed in the 400 meter hurdles at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

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.[1] 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 at the Bislett Games 2011.

Harrison placed second at the 400 meter hurdles at 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials with a time of 54.60.[2] Harrison became the first track and field athlete from Virginia Tech to compete at the Olympics. [3]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Harrison was eliminated in the 400 meter hurdles semifinals after finishing with a time of 55.88 seconds.[4]

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

References

  1. ^ Hokiesports.com Queen Harrison profile accessed October 18, 2009.
  2. ^ USATF - Events - 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field accessed October 18, 2009.
  3. ^ Queen Harrison profile – USA Track and Field accessed October 18, 2009.
  4. ^ Women’s 400 m hurdles semifinal results accessed October 18, 2009.

External links

  • Queen Harrison profile at IAAF
  • NBC Olympics Profile
  • In-depth article from New York Times
Awards
Preceded by
Jenny Barringer
The Bowerman (Women's Winner)
2010
Succeeded by
Jessica Beard


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