Ben Payne
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    Ben Payne

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Arvada, CO

    High School:
    Faith Christian

    Event:
    Distances

    2003: Awarded the program's "Bret Hyde Award for Drive and Determination" for his performances all season...placed fourth in the 5,000-meter run at the MWC Indoor Championships...ran a leg of the 4X1500-meter relay team at the Florida Relays that set a USAFA record...registered a season-best time of 14:07.20 in the 5,000-meter run at the Cardinal Invitational, which ranks fourth on the program's all-time list...repeat winner of the 10,000-meter run at the MWC Outdoor Championships...named to the Academic All-MWC team...member of the Air Force cross country team that won the 2003 MWC Championship...all-conference and all-region cross country selection.

    2002: Presented with the athletic department's "Outstanding Competitor Award" for track & field?MWC 5,000-meter run indoor champion?MWC 10,000-meter run outdoor champion?finished second in the 3,000-meter run at the MWC Indoor Championships?also earned all-MWC honors for his third place finish in the 5,000-meter run...established a new school record in the 10,000-meter run with his 29:26.78 time at the Mt. SAC Relays?a season best of 14:22.93a in the 5,000-meter indoor run ranks fourth on school's all-time list?his season-best time of 8:20.52a in the 3000-meter indoor run ranks ninth all-time...named to the Academic All-MWC team.

    2001: Earned track team's ?Newcomer of the Year? award...placed sixth in the 3000-meter run (8:55.57) at the MWC Indoor Championships?set a season-best time in the 3000-meter run was 8:25.73?posted a time of 14:49.79a in the 5000-meter run at the indoor championships for a third-place finish...named to the all-conference team...set a Freshman class record in the 10,000-meter run (30:36.56) at the Mt. SAC Relays?placed fifth in the 10,000-meter run (30:56.48) at teh MWC Outdoor Championships...finished fifth in the confernece cross country championships...assisted AFA to a second-place finish...earned MWC first-team honors...2000: Finished eighth at the MWC Cross Country Championships...earned MWC second-team honors.

    HIGH SCHOOL: Finished third at the state 3A championships in the 3200-meter run with a personal-best time of 9:44a...earned all-state first-team honors during his senior year in cross country...voted "Senior of the Year" in the Metro league... named team MVP as a junior and senior... placed second in the state championship... broke school record in the two-mile and 3,200-meter relay in track.

    PERSONAL: National Honor Society member...named a Who's Who Among American High School Students...Honor Roll...high school first-team academic all-conference.

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