JUSTIN HORNE CROSSES THE LINE AT AAU REGION 11 WITH NEW MEET RECORD! 14.05
If you started counting the number of records broken at the 2022 AAU Region 11 National Qualifier in Hammond last weekend, you would need at least two hands, and may need to borrow some. However, if you wanted to count the number of races where two athletes broke the meet record in a final, all you would need is one finger.
It happened during Friday's action in the men's 17-18 110 hurdles. Trojan Elite's Justin Horne blazed to a time of 14.05, and U.S. Express' Louis Rudge was not far behind.
JUSTIN HORNE AND LOUIS RUDGE GO 1-2 IN THE MEN'S 110 HURDLES AT THE AAU REGION 11 NQ!
To say the two are familiar with each would be an understatement. The last time the pair locked up was at the LHSAA Class 5A State Outdoor meet. In that race, where their performance in the 110 hurdles were two of the 155 elite performances turned in during the meet.
Horne's 14.05 was .01 faster than his state meet performance. Rudge's 14.60 was a bit off from his state meet time of 14.38, but it was still faster than the old meet record of 14.71 set by Tamrin Hobbs of Gulf Coast in 2018.
JUSTIN HORNE TALKS ABOUT HIS RECORD BREAKING PERFORMANCE AT THE AAU REGION 11 NQ!
"I wanted to do be better," Horne said. "But I can't change what happened in the past, but in the next race I'm going to try to execute the second half of my race better. Other than that, my first three hurdles were the best of the whole race.
One thing in particular he wants to work on, especially in the back end of the race, his his balance.
"I tend to get between the hurdles and start moving in a zig zag in the middle of the hurdle, but that's an easy fix, " Horne said. "I've got to work on bending more."
Like many two-sport athletes in the summer, Horne is getting a double dose of work as he works on his craft on the track while also betting the ready for the 2022 football season with his John Curtis Patriots.
"It's not really hard," Horne said of balancing both. "My football team and track team try to balance both of them. I do a hard work out for football and then come to track and do some hurdle work. I do not do a lot in football and a lot in track at the same time.
Horne has eight offers for football, but says he is being patient and weighing his options as it relates to football and track.
"Nobody knows," Horne said. "I don't even know."
U.S. Express' Louis Rudge talks about the men's 17-18 record-breaking 110 hurdles