Payton Holmes Makes His Mark At MC
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
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
“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