AS A JUNIOR: Versatile sprinter posted two of his best times of the indoor season at the Blue and Gold Invitational … ran the 60 meters in 7.50 seconds and 200 meters in 23.50 seconds … top times outdoors included a 23.33-second effort in the 200 at the Spartan Invitational … also ran 51.68 in the 400 meters at the Central Collegiate Championship … will look to dip under the 23-second and 51-second marks during his senior campaign.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Competed in all of the sprints for the Irish track team … posted his best indoor 200-meter time at the Blue & Gold Invitational, running 23.43 … ran 51.09 over 400 meters at the Notre Dame Opener … covered 60 meters in 7.43 at the Notre Dame Invitational … did not compete during the outdoor track season.
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not compete during the 2004-05 track season.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Track and field standout at St. Joseph High School in South Bend, Ind. … also ran one season of cross country … earned conference and regional championships as a senior … earned all-conference accolades in each of his final two track seasons … two-time team MVP and team captain … owns school records in the 4×100- and 4×200-meter relays … personal bests include 11.1 in the 100 meters, 22.9 in the 200 meters, 43.2 in the 4×100-meter relay, and 3:21 in the 4×400-meter relay … son of Jessica and Dennis Payne … oldest of three children … born April 1, 1986 in South Bend, Ind. … enrolled in the College of Science with a major in environmental sciences.