Vale, Oregon – Not even the loss of the 2020 track and field season could stop Vale senior Brock Payne from being noticed by Southwestern College, home of the Mound Builders. On Wednesday, February 24, Payne officially signed his letter of intent to attend the Kansas college.
“I really liked the feeling of the school when I visited,” said Payne. “It felt a lot like Vale with the spirit and enthusiasm.”
Payne will compete as a thrower in the shot, discus and hammer throw. He does admit feeling comfortable with two of the three.
“I never have thrown the hammer,” he said. “I have seen it being done and it does look fun.”
Payne qualified for the 3A state meet in his sophomore year and looking forward to last season with a repeat trip. The cancellation of track and field meant the loss of the season, but Payne is just looking forward to competing at any meet this season.
“It would be nice to have another state meet, but I just want to get out and throw again,” said Payne.
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In addition to the track team, Payne plans on studying athletic training at Southwestern before going forward in the field of physical therapy. His ultimate goal is to be a physician.
“Nobody has worked harder than Brock,” said Payne’s father, Chris. “He is always in the weight room or studying.”
Payne will not be the lone athlete on the Winfield, Kansas campus. Totaling 700 students, the college boasts 75 percent of the student body are involved in organized athletics.
“I have to be on campus August 4 so it will be a short summer for me,” Payne said.