Payne signs with Hawkeye

Central DeWitt senior Hannah Payne made her college choice official Tuesday, signing to compete with the Hawkeye Community College cross country and track and field teams. Payne recently competed in 10 varsity meets for the Sabers girls cross country team and ran the best two times of her career — 21:23 and 21:25, respectively — at the WaMaC and 3A state-qualifying meets to earn top-30 finishes in both races. She will join head coach Tyler Mulder (right) and a RedTails squad that competed at the NJCAA Division 1 Cross Country National Championships with a squad made up entirely of freshmen and former Iowa preps. The women’s track and field team, meanwhile, is coming off its best nationals finish.