Cal Track & Field BIO
Malaina Payton
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Malaina Payton 1251074
Position: Sprints-Jumps
Other Position: Long Jump-100-200
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Vallejo, Calif.
High School: Fremont HS
Experience: 3 Letters
  • 2014 MPSF Indoor Long Jump Champion (19-8.25)
  • Led Cal in the long jump as a freshman and sophomore and ranks among the Bears' all-time top 10 performers in the event
  • Qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2012

2013: Made her indoor season debut at the Cherry & Silver Invitational on 1/18 in Albuquerque with a third place finish in the long jump with a mark of 19-2.75 (5.86m) … Ran a 7.82 in the 60m prelims on day two of the Cherry & Silver Invitational … Placed third in the long jump at the UW Invitational on 1/26 with a leap of 19-3.50 (5.88m) and also recorded a time of 7.76 in the 60m prelims, improving on her time from the last meet … Posted a mark of 19-3.25 (5.87m) at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational on 2/8, finishing tenth … Placed fourth at the MPSF Championships in Seattle on 2/22 in the long jump with a season-best mark of 19-5.50 (5.93m) and also ran the 60m prelims in a season-best 7.69 seconds … Made her outdoor season debut at the Stanford Opener on 3/2 with a second place finish in the 100m, with a time of 12.00 … Claimed the long jump title at the Hornet Open on 3/16 with a mark of 20-1.00 (6.12m), despite running into a wind of 2.6 meters per second and also placed eighth in the 100m with a time of 12.02 … Placed 11th in the A flight of the long jump at the Texas Relays on 3/29 with a leap of 20-0.50 (6.11m) … Set a season-best mark of 20-5.75 (6.24m) to claim the event title on 4/6 at the Tri-Meet against Michigan and Virginia … Won the long jump with a leap of 21-1.50 (6.44m), which at the time placed her fourth among other NCAA long jumpers in the country on 4/20 at the Big Meet, where she also competed in the 100m, posting a mark of 11.92, which was a new PR as well … Recorded a jump of 20-11.25 (6.38m), which placed her second in the Upshaw Family Long Jump at the Brutus Hamilton Open Challenge on 4/27 and also qualified for the 100m final with a time of 11.98, finishing sixth in the final with a mark of 12.00 … Placed third in the long jump at the Pac-12 Championships in Los Angeles on 5/11 with a jump of 20-9.25 (6.33m) … Qualified for the NCAA Championships with a mark of 20-11.75 (6.39m) at the NCAA West Preliminary Qualifiers on 5/23 … Placed tenth at the NCAA National Championships Meet in the trials on 6/5 in the long jump with a leap of 20-7.00w (6.27m), missing a finals spot by three quarters of an inch, as only the top nine progressed to the final … Placed ninth at the USA Senior Track & Field Championships on 6/22 with a mark of 20-6.50w (6.26m).

2012: Posted a legal PR effort of 20-7.75 at the Big Meet, which put her fifth on Cal's all-time long jump performer list ... Won the event with a wind-aided 21-6.25 ... Improved her lifetime best in the 100m to 12.05 at the Big Meet, as well ... Set an indoor PR of 20-5.75 at the MPSF Championships when she tied for third ... Qualified for the NCAA indoor meet and placed 14th with a distance of 19-9.75.

2011: Redshirted.

2010: Ran the leadoff leg on Cal's 4x100m relay that qualified for the NCAA Championships with a best of 44.97 (#6 at Cal) ... Set a Cal freshman record with a mark of 20-0.25, which was the longest for a Golden Bear since 2006 ... Mark came at NCAA West Preliminaries, where she was 16th ... seventh at Pac-10s in the long jump (19-6.75) ... Had Cal's No. 2 time in the 100m (12.16) during the year ... Top indoor LJ distance was 19-0.75 at the MPSF meet. 

High School: Posted bests of 12.10 in the 100m and 19-9.50 in the long jump ... Her father served as her coach at Fremont HS ... Represented Northern California at the Run for the Dream meet in both 2008 and '09.

Personal: Born Oct. 16, 1991, in Manteca, Calif. ... Father is Norbert Payton and mother is Monique Murphy ... Father was a member of the track & field team at Washington State ... Lists photography as a hobby ... Interdisciplinary Studies major.

Career Best Marks
Event                  Mark   Date
100m                  11.92   April 20, 2013
Long Jump  21-6.25w (6.56m)   April 14, 2012
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