~ Athlete of the Week selected by the publisher
SHENANDOAH, April 14 — Luray High School’s Jaidyn McClung topped all competitors at the 2023 Page Valley Invitational by winning four different track and field events in a single day.
McClung finished first in a field of 24 competitors in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.18 seconds; bested 13 runners in the 100-meter hurdle in 16.88 seconds; outdistanced 22 others in the long jump at 16 feet, 3 inches; and stood alone in the triple jump at 34 feet, 6 inches.
No other local track and field athlete won more than one title at the Page Valley Invitational hosted by Page County High School on April 14.
McClung is a three-sport athlete that has already earned All-State status in track, basketball and volleyball. The LHS senior signed her letter of intent in late March to play volleyball for the Eagles of Bridgewater College this fall. McClung also had other Division III schools in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference courting her for basketball and track as well.
The three-time All-State volleyball player should be able to contribute to a D-III squad that is already pretty good. The Eagles went 9-3 in the ODAC last season and 17-12 overall. BWC was just one conference win below eventual ODAC champ Randolph-Macon. Coach Harris lost four seniors to graduation on the 14-spot roster.
For now, this spring, McClung simply hopes to repeat (or improve on) her All-State track and field performance from a year ago when she qualified for the VHSL Class 2 Track and Field State Championships at JMU in June. The then-junior earned fifth place in the girls long jump (16-03) and 10th place in the girls triple jump (32-08.5).
For full schedules, rosters and standings — check out the Bull Run District website.