Payton Holmes Makes His Mark At MC

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

 He didn’t score any touchdowns in football or have any

breakaway dunks in basketball.

  Yet Payton Homes has had a star-studded career at Monmouth College.

Holmes has clearly dominated in the sport of track, breaking the

school record his junior year in the 60-meter hurdles (8.34) and then

he broke his own school record this year (8.28). And if that wasn’t

enough, he’s been a two-time conference champion the past two years in

the Midwest Conference.

  “I’m proud this year for what he’s done for our team,” said MC track

and field coach Roger Haynes. “He’s really blossomed and helped us in

the sprint relays and made big difference in our 4x200 and 4x400

relays. He’s done an outstanding job for us at Monmouth.”

  Holmes grew up in Aledo and graduated from Mercer County High

School. He spent his first two years running track at Lincoln College

and graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point in the classroom.

  “I wanted to come here (at Monmouth College) out of high school, but

I didn’t get to,” Holmes said. “I had to go to a two-year school and

get my finances in line and then I had the opportunity to come back

here again. It was really a great situation for me at Monmouth with

school and the track program.”

  Haynes added, “His times are better than they were at Lincoln. He’s

come to our track camp at Monmouth College for a lot of years, so

we’ve followed his progress. We’re glad he is doing well for the

Fighting Scots.”

  Holmes is majoring in Exercise Science at Monmouth College with an

overall GPA of close to 3.9. He’s planning to graduate in May and then

study to be a chiropractor at Palmer College in Davenport, Iowa.

  The track career of Holmes is not quite over yet. He still has a

shot - in the outdoor season - to qualify for nationals in the

110-meter hurdles.

  “I think, if you are a small-town athlete, Monmouth College is

definitely a great place for any sport,” Holmes said. “Monmouth

College is definitely a great place for any sport. I know all the

coaches here and they are really good people. It is a really good

atmosphere no matter what sport you want to do.”

By Jeff Holt