Kareem Payne was named the Virginia Lottery Student-Athlete of the Week for his performance in the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational this past weekend.
Payne took first place in the 60-meter dash among all attached runners. With a time of 6.76 seconds, Payne broke a school record that stood for 10 years. It was an accomplishment the Milford, Pa. native has been striving for throughout his collegiate career.
"It felt like everything I've been working on finally came to it's point," Payne said. "It's been a battle."
Payne had been working with coaches to perfect his arm motion and increase his resistance training, which he says improved his race dramatically in a matter of weeks. "I just felt it that day. I felt lighter, more fluid, more bouncy."
6.76 seconds is the fastest 60-meter time to be recorded in the Atlantic 10 this season, but Payne hopes to top that at the conference championships. "I have no choice," he said. "It's the last one. I have to go for it."
The Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships take place Feb. 17 and 18, and Payne has one more thing he wants to accomplish before his collegiate career comes to an end.
"I want my guys to get rings. All the hard work I've seen them do, I just want to see them win."
Dream vacation: I want to go to the desert area. I want to go to Dubai.
Sport you would play besides track: I'd definitely want to play football.
Best dancer on the team: Camora Sanders
Super power: I really like the idea of shape shifting. Being able to turn into any shape, like Mystic in X-Men.
Dream job: Have my own company where we offer haircare products for men. I feel like we're in a time where personal hygiene is not big in the eyes of men.
Favorite type of movie: I like movies where you're overcoming adversity because I feel like that's what you should strive for in life.
Best restaurant in Richmond: Croaker's Spot