Payne Named USTFCCCA Central Region Athlete of the Year

By Doug Fitzgerald published November 14, 2009

Shannon Payne of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Central Region Womenâ€TMs Cross Country Athlete of the Year, the USTFCCCA announced Thursday.

After finishing second at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships to Adams Stateâ€TMs Lavenna Mullenbach, Payne turned the tables on her RMAC rivals with an 11.6-second win at the Central Regional. Payne placed fourth in the 10,000 meters at last springâ€TMs NCAA Outdoor Track Championships. She is a senior from Franktown, Colo.

The USTFCCCA names the Division II athletes and coaches of the year for eight regions across the country. Each of the regional honorees will either be running or coaching at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, to be held Nov. 22 in Slippery Rock, Pa.

Also named from the Central Region were Adams Stateâ€TMs Damon Martin as cross country coach of the year and Aaron Braun as the menâ€TMs cross country athlete of the year.

For the compleye USTFCCCA release, click here.

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