Events: 110m hurdles
PRs: 13.02 (2007)
Current Residence: Hampton, Va.
High School: Wyoming (Ohio) HS ‘00
Colleges: University of Cincinnati ‘04
Coach: Maurice Pierce
Agent: Kevin Brown
Career Highlights: 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist; 2007 World Outdoor bronze medalist; 2007 Pan Am Games silver medalist; 4th at 2007 USA Outdoors
Payne finished fourth in the men's 110m hurdles at the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Championships, just one position shy of earning a spot on the Team USA roster for the World Outdoor Championships in Osaka, Japan. He received a phone call on Monday morning, August 27 at 5:30 a.m., telling him that American record holder Dominique Arnold had dropped off the team due to injury, and would he be willing to get on a plane to Japan the next day to compete. Payne arrived in Osaka on that Tuesday evening and competed in the first round the very next day. He made it through the opening round and the semifinals before finishing third for the bronze medal in the final in a personal-best time of 13.02 seconds. It was a breakthrough performance for Payne, who is apparently immune to the affects of jet lag. Payne also won the silver medal at the 2007 Pan American Games and ended the 2007 season ranked #5 in the world by Track & Field News. Payne left the University of Cincinnati one class short of completing his degree and intends to return during the 2008 winter indoor season to finish.
2008: 2nd at Olympic games in 110mH (13.17)
2007: 3rd at World Outdoors (13.02)...4th at USA Outdoors (13.22)...2nd at Pan Ams (13.43)...1st at Doha (13.12)...runner-up at adidas Track Classic (13.28)...runner-up at World Athletics Final (13.08)...ranked #5 in world, #3 U.S. by T&FN...best of 13.02.
2006: 5th at USA Outdoors (13.42)...ranked #8 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 13.31.
2005: 5th at USA Outdoors (13.33)...best of 13.33
2004: 7th i semis at Olympic Trials (13.53)...6th at NCAA Outdoors (13.53)...Conference USA Outdoor Champ...best of 13.48.