While he has completed one of his early goals to compete in the Olympics, Browne has now set his sights on higher ground.
"I want to get back there next time and get on that medal stand," said Browne. "That would be so awesome. I know that I have to start working now, so that I can make myself better to achieve my goals."
That is exactly what Pierre has started doing. Coming into last season he was not even on the radar in the SEC standings. With hard work, however, Pierre has pushed himself into the No. 1 spot in the 200m in the NCAA's.
"I have learned so much from the Olympics and from running one year already in the SEC and NCAA," said Browne of his growing experience. "Now I have to focus on working hard every time out, practice and meets."
Going into the team's third meet of the indoor season, Browne has already qualified for the NCAA indoor championships in the 200m and the 60m.
"I am looking to really improve during the indoor season," said Browne. "The 60m is not one of my best events because I usually get to full stride at about the 60 mark. Running the 60m during the indoor season helps me to work on my burst, and getting out of the blocks. Those are things I really need to work on."
Browne came to MSU a two years ago after a standout prep career in Canada. Browne was the silver medalist in the 100m during the 1999 Canadian Junior Nationals, as well as, anchoring Canada's 4x100 team to gold. Despite all of his success in Canada, Browne decided to continue his career at MSU.
"I just really like everything about MSU; the facilities, people and education," said Browne on his decision to move to Mississippi. "The people here make everyone feel welcome, that is great. I also really liked the academic program here."
While a bright future does appear to be ahead of Pierre on the track, he has not lost track of his future.
"I want to continue to run as long as I am able," said Browne when asked about his future. "But I know that I am getting a good education. And when I am not able to run anymore, I will be able to get a job in business information systems."
Pierre admits he does not think about running when he is not at practice or at a meet, but when he is on the track he is totally focused. One of his main focuses is bettering his team while at MSU.
"We have a lot of talent on this team and a lot of potential to really compete in the SEC and NCAA," Browne said of his Bulldog teammates. "We have some new faces that have really completed this team this year."
Browne's dedication to his team is something that is definitely noticeable when talking to him about his track career.
"I love running the 100 and 200 anytime, but I cannot say either of those is my favorite event to run," said Browne. "I really love to run the relay events, especially the 4x100. In the relays there is someone else depending on you. That is something that drives me to compete."
With the addition of some world-class speed to this year's track team in the form of Marquis Davis, Glenn McFadden and Richard Ball, Browne looks to have some competition even during practice.
"Having athletes like the guys we have here really helps to push you during practice and meets. With guys like this you cannot take a moment off," Browne said of his teammates for the upcoming season. "Bringing in this type of talent will help to push us to the next level as a team. We should compete for a championship."
Grant Alford is a free-lance correspondent for Gene's Page. He is a student at Mississippi State University and works as a sports reporter for the student newspaper, The Reflector. You can contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.