Last week, senior Laker Marcus Lafleur became the fifth individual in Clayton State history to be named as Peach Belt Conference Male Runner of the Week. After an impressive start to his final season of cross country eligibility, The Bent Tree caught up with Lafleur to discuss athletics, fraternities and a future after Clayton State.
JC: Marcus, your impressive start to the season led to recognition from the Peach Belt Conference. Can you summarize some of your running performances so far this season?
ML: With it being earlier in the season I have yet to reach my full potential. The first race was a great indicator of my conditioning going into the start of the season, and my most recent race was more focused on running as a team and working off each other.
JC: After this great start, what are your goals for your final year as a student athlete?
ML: My goal this year is to run a time of at least 26:30 in the 8k while also earning the honor of All-Conference.
JC: When did you realize you had a passion for running?
ML: I’d say my passion did not come until my freshman year of college. Once I took on the heavy workload of a college runner, I really enjoyed the success that came from my hard work.
JC: Away from athletics, what made you choose Clayton State University?
ML: I chose Clayton State because of the proximity to my home as well as the small environment here on campus.
JC: Looking back at your last three years at Clayton State, what have been some of your highlights?
ML: Earning a scholarship to compete here at Clayton state, as well as the opportunity to join a fraternity and be more involved on campus.
JC: You are very active within Campus Life within your fraternity. Can you tell The Bent Tree readers a little about that?
ML: It’s been a great experience with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. many fraternities may get a bad reputation on campuses as party organizations but that is not what Alpha Phi Alpha is about. We develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence while providing service and advocacy for our communities.
JC: When are you set to graduate? What are your plans post Clayton State University?
ML: I’m set to graduate in the Fall of 2017, after Clayton State I look to enter into a graduate program studying Sports Management.
The Bent Tree wishes Marcus and the rest of his cross-country team the best of luck with their 2016 season. Keep up to date with their result at www.claytonstatesports.com