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Mokena native Payton Richards had a hugely successful freshman season on Florida's powerhouse gymnastics team. TIM CASEY/FLORIDA ATHLETICS
Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter
1:31 pm CDT March 30, 2020
Perhaps the students at Lincoln-Way Central didn't realize it but just a year ago there was a world-class athlete walking the halls of the school.
That was Payton Richards, a Mokena resident who is one of the top gymnasts in the country.
Now at freshman at the University of Florida, Richards, who is named after Walter Payton, saw her successful freshman season come to an end because of the coronavirus pandemic.