Payton Ballard
Payton Ballard


Mountain Brook, Ala.

High School:
Mountain Brook

Cross Country/Distance


Cross Country Teams Post Impressive Finishes at SEC Cross Country Championships

Crimson Tide women post highest team finish (3rd) since 1994; Tide men improve 5 spots in team standings to place 6th.


Women's Cross Country Team Captures 4th Consecutive Crimson Classic Title; Men Finish Ninth

The Crimson Tide women were paced by junior Katelyn Greenleaf, who finished fourth in the women's 5k race


86 Alabama Student-Athletes Earn a Place on SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

The Alabama men's swimming and diving team led all UA and conference teams with 15 honors


Malcolm Wins Women's 800 Title on Final Day of SEC Championships

Yanique Malcolm won the women's 800 with a personal-best time of 2:03.28


4 Victories For Crimson Tide On Final Day Of John Mitchell Alabama Relays


2014 Cross Country
Clocked a time of 26:41.69 in the Crimson Classic 8k... Finished the Paul Short Invitational 8k in 25:39 ... Opened the season with a time of 25:30.26 in the 8k at the Asheville Cross Country Carnival.

2014 Outdoor Season
Ran the preliminary of the 1,500 meters at the SEC Championships in a time of 4:04.50 ... clocked a time of 4:17.52 to place ninth in the mile at the Jace Lacoste Invitational ... ran the 1,500 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays in a time of 3:55.81 ... finished sixth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:55.94 at the Border Clash ... placed 10th in the 1,500 meters with a personal-best 3:54.99 at the Crimson Tide Invitational ... at the Alabama Relays, his first collegiate outdoor meet, ran the 1,500 meters in a time of 3:55.93 and served on the winning distance medley relay team that clocked a time of 10:02.90.

2014 Indoor Season

Ran a personal-best 4:17.84 in the mile at the Tyson Invitational ... clocked a 4:21.39 at the Indiana Relays ... placed 22nd at the Auburn Invitational in the mile with a time of 4:21.94.

2013 Cross Country

Clocked a 32:40.11 and counted towards the Crimson Tide's score at the NCAA South Region ... ran 75th at the SEC Championships with a time of 26:02.68 ... placed 26th with a 6k time of 19:47.26 at the Iowa Invitational ... ran a 5-kilometer time of 16:47.17 to open the season at the Samford Dual meet and finished 10th.

Prep and Personal

The 2013 AHSAA state indoor champion in the 1,600 meters (4:24.32) and the 3,200 meters (in a personal-best time of 9:27.95) ... placed second in the 800 meters at the 2013 AHSAA state indoor championships in 1:57.11 ... set a new PR of 4:19.98 in the 1,600 meters at the Ice Breaker Invitational on December 29, 2012 ... achieved a PR of 1:53.44 in the 800 meters at the Indoor Alumni Group Invitational on Dec. 15, 2012 ... second in the 5,000 meters at the 2012 AHSAA State Cross Country Championships with a 15:44.98 ... won the 2012 AHSAA Sectional Cross Country Championships (5k -15:55.64) ... won the 2012 Walt Disney World Cross Country Classic (5k - 16:24.59) ... was third in the 800 (1:56.22) and second in the 1,600 (4:23.87) at the 2012 AHSAA Outdoor Championships ... posted a then-PR time of 4:20.35 in the 1,600 at the Volunteer Track Classic on April 14, 2012 ... the 2012 AHSAA indoor state champion in the 800 (1:54.84) ... was second in the 1,600 at the 2012 AHSAA Indoor Championships in 4:21.36 ... third in the 2011 AHSAA Cross Country Championships (5k - 16:08.05) ... coached by Greg Echols at Mountain Brook High School ... son of Rob and Sandy Ballard ... born Nov. 15, 1994, in Birmingham, Ala.