Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Weather Can't Stop 86-Year-Old Payne ; Payne: Shot-Putter Was on KU 'B' Squad

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Weather Can't Stop 86-Year-Old Payne ; Payne: Shot-Putter Was on KU 'B' Squad

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Weather conditions for Friday's track and field competition in the Sunflower State Games were brutal for everybody, from the youngest to the oldest competitor.

But the steady to torrential rain didn't scare away 86-year-old Topekan Bob Payne, who battled through the elements to compete in the shot put event at Seaman High School.

In fact, Payne ended his day on a high note before seeking out a drier spot.

"I got to throw twice and I improved the second one," said Payne, who has participated in both the Sunflower State Games and Kansas Senior Olympics.

Payne took up shot put a few years ago and said he's thankful to still be healthy enough to compete in the statewide, multisport competition that opened its three-week run Friday.

"I had an angioplasty several years ago, but no trouble since," Payne said. "I just did this (started throwing the shot put) to see how it would work out. I was a track runner when I was in high school (at Garnett) and played basketball mainly. …

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