Former Wildcat and MSU Hurdler Among the World's Greatest

By: Louis Montesi, III
By: Louis Montesi, III

He's quiet but confident.. relaxed yet as quick as lightning.

Mississippi State hurdler and Meridian High School graduate Scottie Hearn has taken his talents to international competition. He's now the second best junior hurdler in the world.

"It means a lot to me and to my family, because like... I never thought I would make it that far, but here I am."

Competing in the 400-meter hurdles, Scottie clocked a 51.01 at the junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa last June, earning a trip to the Pan-American Junior Championships in Medellin, Colombia.

"It was crazy because half the people that I met [in Colombia] didn't speak English, so I was trying to speak Spanish in between. It was kinda hard because I hadn't taken Spanish since 9th grade."

On August 24th, the day of the championships, Hearn competed in and won semifinals at noon, setting him up for the finals race later in the evening.

"It was kinda hard because we had ran earlier that day, and I'm not used to running two times in one day. My body wasn't used to it, and I had to get used to the air down there."

Hearn finished second behind his American teammate Khallifa Rosser in 59.96 seconds.

"I knew I was going to be either one or two, and I knew my teammate was gonna be one or two, 'cause he was right beside me. I felt great when I crossed the finish line. I felt like I could have run faster, but I just did whatever I could"

Hearn has done quite a bit. In just 16 months, he went from two-time high school state champion to world class hurdler... all before returning to school in Starkville for his sophomore year.

However, there's plenty of competition ahead of Hearn who says he wants to win at the SEC Championships and land in the top 10 for nationals at season's end.

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