Position
Hurdles
Height
5'6
Class
Freshman
Hometown
Compton, Calif.
Major
Interdisciplinary Studies
High School
Long Beach Poly HS

Events: 200m (24.14), 400m (52.87), 400H (55.50)

5x All-American
2x SEC Champion
4x All-SEC

Top 10 LSU Marks
No. 4 – 4x400m Relay (outdoors) – 3:26.99
No. 7 – 400m Hurdles – 55.50
No. 8 – 4x400m Relay (indoors) – 3:30.85

2018 OUTDOOR (SENIOR)
Finished third at the NCAA Championships in the 400 meter hurdles with a readout of 56.88 … second leg of the 4×400 meter relay that earned a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships with a time of 3:32.08 … earned All-SEC honors with a second-place finish in the 400 meter hurdles (56.11) at the SEC Championships … third leg of 4×400 meter relay that finished third at the SEC Championships with a readout of 3:28.02 … claimed gold in the 400 meter hurdles at the Texas Relays with a clocking of 55.92 … took second at the LSU Invitational in the 400 meter hurdles with a clocking of 56.00 … registered a personal best of 24.14 in the 200 meters at the Pac-12/Big Ten Invitational to place seventh.

2018 INDOOR (SENIOR)
Anchored the 4×400 meter relay to gold at the SEC Championships with a season best time of 3:30.85 … second leg of the 4×400 meter relay that earned a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships with a time of 3:31.89 … finished ninth at the SEC Championships in the 400 meters (53.62) … took fourth in the 500 meter run at the Purple Tiger Invitational with a time of 1:16.51 … placed sixth in the 400 meter dash at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational with a readout of 55.35 … placed seventh in the 600 meter run at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational (1:34.68).

2017
Earned her first and second career All-America honors with her performance at the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships … An NCAA finalist in the 400-meter hurdles for the first time in her career … Scored four points for the Lady Tigers with a fifth-place national finish in the 400 hurdles … Clocked 56.60 seconds for fifth place in the NCAA final at Oregon’s Hayward Field … Advanced to her first NCAA final with a 56.05 clocking in the national semifinals … Split 52.15 on the third leg of LSU’s 4×400-meter relay team as she earned the title of NCAA Outdoor Bronze Medalist while helping lead the Lady Tigers to third place in the NCAA relay final … Teamed with Rachel Misher, Jada Martin and Travia Jones to run the third-fastest mile relay at 3 minutes, 26.99 seconds in the national final … Progressed to the NCAA Championships in the 400 hurdles with times of 57.75 in the first round of qualifying and a personal best of 55.50 in the national quarterfinals at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds … Moved into the No. 7 spot on LSU’s all-time outdoor performance list with her PR of 55.50 in the quarterfinal round … Fifth-place finisher in the 400 hurdles at the SEC Outdoor Championships with times of 57.14 in qualifying and 58.92 in the conference final … Third leg of LSU’s 4×400-meter relay team that placed fourth at the SEC Outdoor meet with a time of 3:31.08 … Also the third leg of the team that won the relay title at the LSU Alumni Gold with its second-fastest time of the season at 3:29.10 and posted the top qualiyfing time in the field and the team’s third-fastest time of the season at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds at 3:29.11 … Crowned the University champion in the 400-meter hurdles in her season opener at the Texas Relays while running 57.77 in the preliminary round and 56.12 in the final … Also won the 400 hurdles at the LSU Alumni Gold with a time of 56.50 and finished fourth overall at the Mt. SAC Relays with a time of 56.62 … Clocked her outdoor PR of 53.75 in the 400 meters at the Louisiana Classics in Lafayette, placing third overall … Crowned an SEC Indoor Champion in the 4×400-meter relay as the leadoff leg of LSU’s team that clocked a winning seasonal best of 3:31.50 at the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships in Nashville, Tennessee … Also led off the Lady Tigers to a 12th-place national finish in the relay at the NCAA Indoor Championships held at Texas A&M’s Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium … Clocked 3:32.34 at the NCAA Indoor meet … Ran her indoor PR of 53.83 in the 400 meters at the Tyson Invitational where she placed second in the college division … Also placed 10th in the 400-meter prelims at the SEC Indoor Championships with a time of 53.92 … Recognized for her academic performance for the first time in her collegiate career as a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll following the season.

2016
One of the nation’s elite performers in the 400-meter hurdles throughout her sophomore season in 2016 … An NCAA semifinalist for the first time after clocking a personal-best time of 56.38 for ninth place in the national quarterfinals at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds … Became the eighth-fastest Lady Tiger in team history to run the 400 hurdles with her PR of 56.38 … Ran 56.86 for second place overall in the first round of qualifying in the 400 hurdles at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Florida … Lined up in the NCAA semifinals for the first time in her career at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Oregon’s Hayward Field … Placed 18th nationally after clocking 58.68 in her semifinal heat … Qualified for the final of the 400 hurdles at the SEC Outdoor Championships where she finished in ninth place with a run of 58.58 … Advanced to the SEC final for the first time in her career with a qualifying time of 57.49 … Opened the outdoor season by running 58.40 in the prelims at the Texas Relays … Placed third in the 400 hurdles at both the Battle on the Bayou (57.33) and Texas Invitational (56.60) … Clocked 56.54 for fourth place overall at the LSU Invitational to close out the regular season … Sprinted to a time of 24.42 (+1.2) in her only 200-meter race of the outdoor season at the LSU Alumni Gold … Ran the 400-meter dash at the SEC Indoor Championships where she posted an indoor personal best of 54.45 for 18th place in qualifying … Finished runner-up in the 400 meters at the Razorback Invitational with a time of 54.66 … Also ran an indoor PR of 24.53 in the 200 meters at the Razorback Invitational … Ran a personal-best time of 8.58 for fourth place in the 60-meter hurdles at the Purple Tiger Invitational … Opened the indoor season by placing third in the 600 meters at the Purple Tiger Invitational with a time of 1:34.87.

2015
An NCAA Championships qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles in her debut season with the Lady Tigers in 2015 … Raced to a personal best of 58.14 to finish in 14th place in the national quarterfinals of the 400 hurdles at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds … Clocked 59.19 in the first round of qualifying at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds held in Jacksonville, Florida … Just missed earning a spot in her first SEC final as the 10th-place finisher in the qualifying round with a time of 59.41 in the conference meet held at Mississippi State’s Mike Sanders Track Complex … Won the 400-meter hurdles at LSU’s Battle on the Bayou with a time of 59.48 … Placed fifth in the event at the LSU Invitational while running 58.46 in the team’s regular-season finale … Ran the second leg on LSU’s winning 4×400-meter relay team that clocked 3:39.02 at the LSU Invitational … Also placed fifth in the 400 hurdles at the Jim Click Shootout (59.40) and LSU Alumni Gold (59.50) … Opened her outdoor season by running 59.73 for 10th place in qualifying at the Texas Relays … Indoor season limited by injuries … Ran a seasonal-best time of 57.64 in a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter dash at the LSU Twilight meet … Clocked 58.49 for 52nd place at the Tyson Invitational … Finished in 13th place in the 600 meters at the New Mexico Classic with a time of 1:39.12.

PRIOR TO LSU
One of the elite dual hurdlers at the prep level to join the NCAA Division I ranks in the Class of 2014 … Named to the Track & Field News High School Girls All-American Team and American Family Insurance All-USA Girls Track & Field Team following her junior season in 2013 … A product of Long Beach Poly High School in Long Beach, California … Signed with the Lady Tigers with personal bests of 8.63 in the 60-meter hurdles, 13.80 in the 100-meter hurdles and 41.32 in the 300-meter hurdles … Set her PRs of 13.80 in the 100 hurdles and 41.32 in the 300 hurdles in a pair of silver-medal-winning second-place finishes in the high school hurdles at the 2013 Mt. Sac Relays … Ended her junior season as the No. 3-ranked 300-meter hurdler at the prep level in the United States among all classifications with her PR of 41.32 … Also ranked No. 2 nationally among the Class of 2014 … Was also the No. 15-ranked hurdler nationally and the No. 8-ranked member of the Class of 2014 at the prep level in the 100-meter hurdles during the 2013 outdoor season … Was the California state silver medalist in the 300-meter hurdles during her junior season at Long Beach Poly High School in 2013 … Raced to times of 41.96 in the prelims and 42.06 in the final to win the silver medal at the 2013 California CIF State Track & Field Championships held in Clovis, California … Broke 42 seconds with a second-place time of 41.82 at the CIF Southern Section Finals held in Walnut, Calif., to qualify for the 2013 state meet … Followed by scoring the silver medal in the 300 hurdles at the 2013 CIF Southern Sectionals Master’s Meet the following week … Bagged the California state bronze medal in the 300-meter hurdles during her senior season in 2014 with a time of 41.62 in the prelims and 42.01 in the final … Clocked a seasonal-best time of 41.35 in the 300 hurdles at the CIF Southern Section Masters meet to rank No. 5 nationally among all classifications and No. 2 nationally among members of the Class of 2014 for the 2014 outdoor season … Raced to a career-best wind-aided time of 13.74 (+2.5) in the preliminary rounds of the 100-meter hurdles at the CIF State Track & Field Championships before finishing in eighth place in the state final with a time of 14.03 (+2.4) as a senior in 2014 … Won the 300-meter hurdles with her run of 42.08 at the 2013 Great Southwest Classic in Albuquerque, N.M. … Ran a wind-aided 13.82 to take third place in the 100-meter hurdles at the Great Southwest Classic during her junior season … Was second in the 300 hurdles (42.47) and seventh in the 100 hurdles (14.19) in her opening meet of the 2013 outdoor season … Highlighted her 2013 indoor season by winning the gold medal in the emerging elite division of the 60-meter hurdles at the New Balance Indoor Nationals while running a personal best of 8.63 in the event held at The Armory Track & Field Center in New York City … Clocked a seasonal-best time of 42.60 in the 300 hurdles to qualify for her first career state final at the 2012 California CIF State Championships during her sophomore season … Finished eighth in the state final as a sophomore … Ran a 2012 seasonal-best time of 14.17 (+0.4) in the 100 hurdles to win the bronze medal in the divisional finals at the California CIF Southern Section Finals en route to a berth in the state championships in the event … Claimed a fifth-place finish statewide in the 55-meter hurdles at the 2012 California Indoor State Championships.

PERSONAL
Full name is Kymber Tiar Payne … Born on June 4, 1996 … Parents are Kenyan Payne, Sr., and Kimberly Ball … Has two siblings, Kenyan Payne, Jr., and Kenya Payne … Majoring in interdisciplinary studies.

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