Team Info

Lon Payne

Coach Lon grew up St. Louis and participated in youth track for many years—starting out as a middle distance runner but eventually switching to the high jump and clearing 6’8” in high school.  He attended the University of Kansas and was a member of their track & field team from 1984-86.  Lon began coaching the DHS high jump event group during the 2015 season. Since that time, his jumpers have broken both the boy's and girl's school records. Five of his athletes have competed in the CIF State Track & Field Championships, with two grabbing podium spots by placing 2nd and 4th. Eight of his jumpers have gone on to compete in the event in college, including three in NCAA Division 1, three in NCAA Division 3, and another two at community college.