Marita Payne
Marita Payne
Full Name:  Marita Arthur Payne
   School:  Vaughan Road Collegiate Inst High School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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Randy Givens, Brenda Cliette, Marita Payne, Michelle Finn


FSU Career
Track & Field
Year  Pos     Hgt  Wgt  Cl  Ltr  Hometown
80-81 S-R     5-8  127  Fr   *   Trante, Ontario, Canada         
81-82 S-R     5-8  127  So   *   Trante, Ontario, Canada         
82-83 S-R     5-8  127  Jr   *   Trante, Ontario, Canada         
83-84 S-R     5-8  127  Sr   *   Concord, Ontario, Canada        


Awards
Track & Field
Year  Award
1981  Assoc of Intercollegiate Ath for Women Championships - 4x200-Meter Relay - 2nd Leg (1st) - Indoor
      Assoc of Intercollegiate Ath for Women Championships - 4x400-Meter Relay - 3rd Leg (4th) - Indoor
      Assoc of Intercollegiate Ath for Women Championships - 4x100-Meter Relay - 2nd Leg (1st) - Outdoor
      Assoc of Intercollegiate Ath for Women Championships - 400 Meters (2nd) - Outdoor
      Assoc of Intercollegiate Ath for Women Championships - 4x400-Meter Relay - 4th Leg (4th) - Outdoor
      Assoc of Intercollegiate Ath for Women Championships - 800-Meter Medley Relay - 4th Leg (6th) - Outdoor
1982  Assoc of Intercollegiate Ath for Women Championships - 880-Yard Relay - 2nd Leg (2nd) - Indoor
      Assoc of Intercollegiate Ath for Women Championships - 300-Yard Dash (4th) - Indoor
      Assoc of Intercollegiate Ath for Women Championships - 60-Yard Dash (7th) - Indoor
      NCAA Championships - 400 Meters (1st) - Outdoor
      NCAA Championships - 4x100-Meter Relay - 2nd Leg (2nd) - Outdoor
      NCAA Championships - 4x400-Meter Relay - 4th Leg (2nd) - Outdoor
      NCAA Championships - 200 Meters (4th) - Outdoor
1983  NCAA Championships - 4x100-Meter Relay - 2nd Leg (1st) - Outdoor
      NCAA Championships - 4x400-Meter Relay - 2nd Leg (1st) - Outdoor
      NCAA Championships - 400 Meters (5th) - Outdoor
      NCAA Championships - 200 Meters (6th) - Outdoor
1984  NCAA Championships - 400 Meters (1st) - Outdoor
      NCAA Championships - Mile Relay - 4th Leg (1st) - Outdoor
      NCAA Championships - 4x100-Meter Relay - 2nd Leg (1st) - Outdoor
      NCAA Championships - 200 Meters (3rd) - Outdoor
Elected into the FSU Hall of Fame in 1991
A twenty-one time NCAA All-American, Concord, Ontario, native Marita Payne was one of Florida State University's most prolific runners. Even before her senior year at Florida State she was the fastest runner ever in the Western Hemisphere at the 400 meter, achieving that mark (50.06) at the World Track and Field Championships in Helsinki, Finland, in August 1983. She bettered that mark running 49.91 in 1984 to claim the NCAA championship, her second in that event for Florida State. Additionally, Payne won national championships as part of relay teams in the 1981 indoor 800 and 1600 meter relays, the 1983 outdoor 400 and 1600 meter relays and the 1984 outdoor 400 meter and one mile relays. In addition to those accolades, Marita was also an Olympic medal winner. After claiming fourth place in the 400 meter, she won silver medals in the 400 meter and 1600 meter relays in the 1984 summer Olympics. Her Florida State ties run deep as she is married to former Seminole basketball great Mitchell Wiggins.



FSU Statistics
Track & Field
                                                                                                        Current  Meet School Record
   Date    Opponent/Meet                  Event                         Place      Results       Points  Place  Place Record  Years
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            1981 Season
03/18/1981 FLORIDA STATE QUAD             220-Yard Dash                   1          23.7          5        1      1    Yes    33
03/28/1981 GEORGIA WOMEN'S INVITATIONAL   400 Meters                      1          54.93         5                           
03/28/1981 GEORGIA WOMEN'S INVITATIONAL   200 Meters                      2          24.74         4                           
04/24/1981 FLORIDA STATE QUAD             400 Meters                      1          53.4          5                           
05/01/1981 FLORIDA                        100 Meters                      2          11.7          3       16      3           
05/17/1981 VIRGINIA INVITATIONAL          400 Meters                      1          52.9          5                           
05/30/1981 AIAW CHAMPIONSHIP              400 Meters                      2          52.01         8                           
            1982 Season
02/20/1982 LSU WOMEN'S INDOOR INVITE      60-Yard Dash                    1           6.91         5                           
03/13/1982 AIAW INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS      60-Yard Dash                    7           6.89                                     
03/13/1982 AIAW INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS      300-Yard Dash                   4          34.60         4        3      2           
03/20/1982 LADY GATOR INVITATIONAL        400 Meters                      1          52.48         5                           
04/03/1982 VIRGINIA                       100 Meters                      2          11.61         4                           
04/03/1982 VIRGINIA                       200 Meters                      2          23.46         4                           
04/17/1982 ALABAMA                        200 Meters                      1          23.63         5                           
04/24/1982 PENN RELAYS                    100 Meters                      2          11.63         4                           
05/01/1982 FLORIDA                        100 Meters                      1          11.3          5        6      2           
05/08/1982 SPEC TOWNS INVITATIONAL        400 Meters                      1          52.69         5                           
05/14/1982 PACIFIC COAST INVITATIONAL     100 Meters                      2          11.57         4                           
06/02/1982 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP      400 Meters                      1          51.99        15                           
06/05/1982 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP      200 Meters                      4          22.91         9                           
            1983 Season
03/12/1983 FAMU RELAYS                    100 Meters                      1          11.54         5                           
03/19/1983 LADY GATOR RELAYS              100 Meters                      3          11.4          3                           
03/19/1983 LADY GATOR RELAYS              200 Meters                      3          23.3          3                           
04/02/1983 FLORIDA                        100 Meters                      1          11.43         5       12      1    Yes     1
04/02/1983 FLORIDA                        200 Meters                      2          23.2          3                           
04/09/1983 MICHIGAN                       400 Meters                      1          52.4          5                           
04/17/1983 LSU RELAYS                     200 Meters                      2          22.7          4                           
05/07/1983 TENNESSEE                      100 Meters                      2          11.34         4        7      2           
05/07/1983 TENNESSEE                      200 Meters                      2          23.3          4                           
06/04/1983 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP              200 Meters                      6          23.20         7                           
06/04/1983 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP              400 Meters                      5          51.49         8                           
07/10/1983 WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES         200 Meters                      2          22.62                  2      2           
            1984 Season
02/11/1984 HUSKER INVITATIONAL            60-Yard Dash                    3           6.81         3        1      1    Yes    30
04/14/1984 LSU INVITATIONAL               100 Meters                      4          11.74         2       17      5           
04/14/1984 LSU INVITATIONAL               200 Meters                      3          23.77         3                           
05/05/1984 OREGON RELAYS                  100 Meters                      5          12.01         1                           
05/12/1984 CAVALIER INVITATIONAL          200 Meters                                 23.37                                     
05/19/1984 GATORADE CLASSIC               400 Meters                      1          51.36         5                           
06/02/1984 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP      200 Meters                      3          22.92        10                           
06/02/1984 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP      400 Meters                      1          51.05        15                           
08/06/1984 OLYMPICS                       400 Meters                      4          49.91                  1      1    Yes    30