Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Fryeburg Academy 1954 Cross Country Team Featured All Stater Rayfield Payne

Black Buzz Sports News
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
March 11, 2010

Fryeburg Academy, located in Fryeburg Maine was established in 1792.
Daniel Webster was one of the Academy's first headmasters and Fryeburg Academy is one of the oldest private schools in America.
The Academy's charter was signed by John Hancock, one of the founding fathers and the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.
Down East Magazine in its November, 1999 issue, described Fryeburg Academy as " tucked into a tiny town in the foothills of the White Mountains is one of the most unusual--- and successful---private schools in America".

Rayfield Payne of Fryeburg Academy was the State of Maine Cross Country Champion in 1952, 1953, 1954, & 1955.
Rayfield Payne-55-from the Portland Press Herald "Rayfield Payne, of Denmark, recognized as one of the outstanding cross country runners of the State in high school and academy competition, attributes much of his success to the fact that he gets in some of his training as he runs two miles to and from the school bus line each day. In his way he emulates some nationally known marathon runners who train as they run to and from work. Payne, a student at Fryeburg Academy, has lacked any real competition this year as he has broken the course record in every dual meet in which he has competed. At the State prep school meet at the University of Maine he came in first with an 11-second lead over his teammate and closest competitor, Lucien Hamilton'54.
No record was made as weather conditions were very poor. In addition to cross country, Payne plays basketball, and runs the mile and half-mile in track."

Members of the 1954 Fryeburg Academy Cross Country Team are as follows :

Byron Shea- Class of 1958
Ron Alving- Class of 1956
Charlie Reed- Class of 1957
Gordon Hill- Class of 1956
Ronald Palmer-Class of 1956
John Cooke, Class of 1956
Gerry Burnell- Class of 1956
Tom Saunders-Class of 1957
Robert Payne-Class of 1957
Danny McAllister-Class of 1958
Robert "Skip"Eastman- Class of 1956
Rayfield Payne-Class of 1955
Steve True- Class of 1956
Carrol Payne- Class of 1958
Perry Edwards-Class of 1958
Dean Bernasconi-Class of 1956
Coach, Heini Heartz.

* Note Tom Saunders is the brother of blogger Black Buzz and 1954 was his first and only season competing in Cross Country.Tom had an outstanding football career at the Academy as a "Spilt End" in 1955 & 1956. Although Tom only ran Cross Country for one year he did perform admirably in all dual meets.
One of Tom's daughter's, Janey Lee Saunders made All State, All Region, All-American Honorable Mention in Cross Country & Track in 1997, 1998 while running for Hlyton High School in Woodbridge Virginia.
Janey is also a 2003 Distinguished Graduate of the University of Virginia, School of Architecture and she is presently working for one of the top Architecture firms in the U.S. in New York City.

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