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By Dave Smith, 21st Space Wing Public Affairs staff writer, 21st Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 08, 2017
RIVER’S EDGE GOLF COURSE, BEND, OREGON – Maj. Ben Payne, 200th Airlift Squadron, a geographically separated unit of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard located at Peterson AFB in bib No. 215, leads a group of racers during the USA Track & Field National Cross Country Championships, Feb. 4, 2017 in Bend, Oregon. Payne finished fifth in the military portion of the race, 25th overall and qualified for the Military World Cross Country Championships to be held in Balatonakazattya, Hungary Nov. 3-7. Following Payne are his U.S. Air Force teammates Capt. Matthew Williams, 21st Medical Operations Squadron physical therapist, No. 168, who finished eighth and 32nd overall, and Lt. Riley Coats, 21st Force Support Squadron personnel officer, No. 212 who crossed the finish line ninth and 44th overall.
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Maj. Ben Payne, 200th Airlift Squadron C-21 pilot (center), runs alongside Capt. Matthew Williams, 21st Medical Operations Squadron physical therapist (left), and Lt. Riley Coats, 21st Force Support Squadron personnel officer (right), at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Feb. 27, 2017. All three run between 80 to 90 miles a week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman)