STARKVILLE, Miss. – A pair of Mississippi State track and field athletes will face off at the 2013 Pan American Junior Championships in Medellin, Columbia, slated to begin Friday and conclude on Sunday, Aug. 25.
Sophomores Brandon McBride and Scottie Hearn take their talents abroad, this time competing on different squads. A native of Windsor, Ontario, McBride will represent Canada in the 400-meter dash, while Hearn will run the 400-meter hurdles for Team USA.
In just his first season at MSU, Hearn finished second at the 2013 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships, clocking a personal-best 50.56 in the 400-meter hurdles. The Meridian, Miss., native punched his ticket to Columbia by winning the 400-meter hurdles at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa in June with a time of 51.01.
McBride also saw numerous accomplishments as a newcomer with the Maroon and White. During the 2012 indoor track and field season, McBride displayed an unrivaled performance in the 800-meter run at the Meyo Invite in South Bend, Ind. His time there of 1:47.74 seconds is the Canadian Indoor Junior National Record. In April, McBride claimed the Male Athlete of the Year title presented by the 8th Annual Windsor Essex County Sports Person of the Year awards.
“It’s an honor for these two to be in Columbia and compete in such a prestigious environment,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “Scottie and Brandon are both deserving of this opportunity, and I think it really says something about the track program here at State. We are blessed with some of the world’s best athletes.”