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Payne, Richardson nominated for SEC honor

USC softball player Ashton Payne and track athlete Jason Richardson are the Gamecocks' nominees for the SEC's McWhorter post-graduate scholarship, the conference announced Tuesday.

Payne, a senior from Richmond, Va., is a biology sciences major with a 3.95 GPA. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key honor societies, Payne led the Gamecocks in six statistical categories last season.

Richardson, a senior from Cedar Hill, Texas, has a 3.69 GPA and is a sport and entertainment management major. A McKissick scholar at USC, Richardson was the NCAA and SEC champion last spring in the 110-meter hurdles.

The SEC will announce the scholarship recipient April 6. The other nominees include:

Alabama - Michael Jung, Tennis (Male) / Brittany Rogers, Softball (Female)

Arkansas - Blake Strode, Tennis (Male) / Aurelija Miseviciute, Tennis (Female)

Auburn - Glenn Northcutt, Golf (Male) / Allison Whitworth, Soccer (Female)

Florida - Eugene Martin, Track & Field (Male) / Kelsey Bowers, Volleyball (Female)

Georgia - Kit French, Swimming (Male) / Courtney Kupets, Gymnastics (Female)

Kentucky - Tim Masthay, Football (Male) / Jessica Ortman, Track & Field/Cross Country (Female)

LSU - Rabun Fox, Track & Field (Male) / Lauren Klein, Gymnastics (Female)

Ole Miss - Bram ten Berge, Tennis (Male) / Rachel Kieckhaefer, Volleyball (Female)

Miss. State - Noah Goldman, Golf (Male) / Sammie Jo Bailey, Softball (Female)

The SEC will announce the nominees from Tennessee and Vanderbilt this week.