Deej: Hey Marquis, thanks for the text interview. I'm just going to ask you a few questions for n5cta.com regarding your trip to Japan.
Marquis: Alright thanks!
Deej: So where exactly are you heading?
Marquis: This week I am going to be heading to Osaka, Japan to compete in the Friendship Competition hosted by Japan. It's a meet between Japan, Germany, and the United States.
Deej:Is this an amateur meet or a pro meet?
Marquis: It is a high school level competition.
Deej: Great! That sounds good. Now did you qualify for this or were you invited? And if invited, when did you get the call to go?
Marquis: I was invited. I was one of the top 2 returning high school jumpers for long jump. I didn't even know about the meet until my athletic director told me during lunch. He gave me the USA Team Head Coach's number and I called him ASAP during gym, haha. I told him I was interested!
Deej: You got the call this week?
Marquis: No, roughly 3 weeks ago.
Deej: Oh wow! So have you had time to prepare for this meet?
Marquis: Kind of. I was going to train regularly and then rest knowing I have this big meet. I have been keeping my body healthy all week to do big things on Saturday
Deej: I am sure you will do great. Your adrenaline will kick in when you put the uniform on. So are you excited to head to Japan? Who is traveling with you?
Marquis: I am very exited! My mom and dad are going with me, but I can't really be with them much because I have to be with the team.
Deej: I am sure being around Team USA will be a lot of fun, and it'll be great just knowing that your parents will be there to see you jump. When do you leave, and when is your competition?
Marquis: I leave February 1 and I compete next Saturday (Feb 5)
Deej: And do you know any of your USA teammates? Do you keep in touch with any of them?
Marquis: I tried to add all of the top two high schoolers and ask if they made it. I only know one person and that is my partner for long jump (Jarret Samuels)
Deej: Haha, ok! So what is your goal for this meet? Are you looking for a personal best? Where did you jump your personal best for the long jump and what is your best jump so far for the indoor season?
Marquis: My best so far indoor is 24'. My goal is to get around 25 or high 24's.
Deej: You jumped that at the Armory right?
Marquis: Yes it was there!
Deej: So with this meet coming up are you focusing on the long jump more this winter?
Marquis: I want to focus on both equally, but I do favor the triple jump more than the long.
Deej: That makes sense coming off spring 2010, but you are having a great season in the long jump so far. Ok, I will let you go in a second. I just have a few more questions for you. You get to compete in the USA track and field uniform. What does it mean to you?
Marquis: I can speak for many USA members when I say that I feel a lot of pride when I wear the uniform. It feels really great to have it on!!
Deej: Yeah, well we are all proud of what you have accomplished so far!
Marquis: I appreciate that!
Deej: Can we get results off the IAAF website?
Marquis: Yes, and I am pretty sure there will be a live feed.
Deej: Ok great!! We will be sure to follow you!
Marquis: Thank you!
Deej: One final question. So you are heading to Japan this week. Have you had a chance to eat at any Japanese restaurants in the last 3 weeks to get acclimated?
Marquis: I have not, but I really like Sushi so I will have to try out a lot of food while over there!!
Deej: Great idea!!! Haha. Well we will be sure to follow you next weekend Marquis! Jump well !!!!
Marquis: Thank you!!