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Hearn Hurdles to MSU back button

Meridian Star

May 5, 2012

By Jamie Wachter / Sports Editor / The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — Scottie Hearn was a man of few words Friday afternoon.

But the Meridian High senior’s performance on the track has spoken plenty loud as he signed his national letter-of-intent with Mississippi State in the Peavy Auditorium of the Ross Collins Career and Technical Center on the MHS campus Friday.

“It means a lot not only to me but also to my teammates,” Hearn said after the ceremony. “I’m the second person from here to sign with the SEC.”

That humbleness is combined with talent — and a lot of it — as well as a tireless work ethic. Hearn is the top hurdler in the state in the 300 meters and is second in the 110-meter hurdles. He ranks in the top 10 nationally in both events.

“It’s a great testament to the program and allowing other young people know that there are more scholarships out there besides football, basketball and baseball,” Meridian boys track coach Alfred Williams said. “They can succeed in other areas. And the most important area that he suceeded in was in the classroom. He did what it took academically to get himself eligible and I think he will do great.

“He’s probably the hardest worker that I’ve coached. I’ve had three or four just outstanding athletes, but Scottie has natural talent and he understands that talent but he also understands that if he takes a day off he may fall back and he doesn’t want to fall back. He wants to be No. 1.”

And that work ethic has led him to Mississippi State and the Southeastern Conference. But, it was academics that actually led to the Bulldogs hurdling other suitors.

“Mississippi State is the top school in the state in my major (mathematics and engineering),” Hearn said.

Hearn and the Wildcats, who are the defending Class 6A state champions, head to the South State meet in Gulfport today with 16 qualifers. The state meet will follow next weekend.

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