Houston returns eight medalists from last year's meet
Indoor: Claimed first-place victory in the 800m at the Texas A&M Early Opener with a time of 2:25.26 ... Member of the 4X400 relay team that finished sixth at the New Mexico Cherry & Silver Invitational ... Helped 4X400 relay team finish fourth at the Texas A&M Early Opener. Outdoor: Finished in eighth place in the 800m race at the TSU Relays, running a time of 2:23.28 ... Set a PR 2:15.29 in the 800m at the J. Fred Duckett Rice Twilight, finishing in seventh place ... Also finished in seventh place in the 800m race at the LSU Alumni Gold meet with a time of 2:18.39 ... At the C-USA Championships, finished in 18th place in the 800m race with a time of 2:18.23.
Graduated from Judson High School in 2008 ... Coached by Renee Gerbich ... Team Captain (2007) ... Won the Senior Athlete Award ... Had the highest GPA on the team ... All-State Academic Team ... Also played volleyball and basketball ... Member of NHS, Science National Honor Society, FCA and Z-Club.
Born on July 28, 1990 in San Antonio, Texas ... Full name is Clarissa Chantel Payton ... Daughter of Michelle and Demetrius Payton ... Chose Houston because of its track program ... Also recruited by Texas State, North Texas, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis and Oklahoma State ... Hobbies include reading ... Nickname is Ce Ce ... Sister, Felicia, also competed on the track and field team for the University of Houston ... Majoring in psychology.