Nia Payne
Nia Payne
Height: 5-3
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Conway, S.C.
Position: Distance
Major: Secondary Spanish Education
Last School: Carolina Forest HS

2013-14 Indoor:  Finished 9th or better in each of the three meets she competed in…Had a 7th place finish in the mile run (5:46.07) at the Mountaineer Open and an 8th place finish in the 800-meter run…Ran the 800-meter in 2:34.20 at the UNCG Spartans Team Challenge.

2013 Outdoor: 
Compiled three top-15 and one top-10 finishes…Was 9th in the 1500-meter run at the Charlotte Invitational with a time of 4:56.37…Posted a time of 2:20.36 in the 800-meter run to place 14th at the Charlotte Invitational.

2012-13 Indoor:  Earned a fifth-place finish in the 800-meter run unseeded (2:24.54) at the Niswonger Invitational.

High School:
 Competed at Carolina Forest High School in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where she turned in a third-place performance at the South Carolina State Track & Field Championships in the 800-meter…Posted a personal best time of 2:19 in the event.

Personal:  Born on May 6, 1994 in Myrtle Beach, S.C…Father is Glenn Payne…Has a younger brother, Glenn Payne Jr…Is majoring in secondary Spanish education and minoring in German studies…Enjoys reading, running, music and cooking…Lists steak as her favorite food…Claims Into the Wild is her favorite movie and Misfits is her favorite TV show…Names Will Smith as her favorite actor…Her favorite singing group is Weezer…Claims The Looper Adventure is her favorite song…Favorite season is summer...Names Zola Dudd as her favorite sports figure…Her father was her hero growing up and the person she admires the most.