Hey it’s Hana Sladick again giving you the report on Gator Track and Field up and coming star, Marquis Dendy. Marquis Dendy, or as the team likes to call him, Dendy, is a sophomore who competes in long- and triple-jump events.
He recently had a personal record in the long jump of 27 feet ¾ inches, making him number one in the world for 2013. He also just recently became an individual National Champion at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. To find out a little more about Dendy I caught up with him one day after practice.
Where is your favorite place you’ve ever competed/ country/ arena?
Osaka, Japan; for the USA, Japan, and Germany Trilateral Meet on the USA Junior Worlds Team.
Favorite and least favorite part of track and field?
Competing is my favorite part of track and field. My least favorite part of track and field is preseason training and training without competing.
Greatest challenge you have ever faced with the track and field?
Making the USA Junior Worlds Team.
What other sport would you have been interested in outside of your respective sport?
If I had to play another sport it would probably be basketball because I’m tall, coordinated, and know how to sprint short distances. I also like the basketball shoes [laughs].
If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
Telepathy or reading other peoples’ brains would be cool.
What hobbies are you involved in?
I really like drawing and playing video games.
What was your most embarrassing moment competing?
At Junior Worlds warm up for triple jump, I jumped into another jumper coming down the other side of runway. We collided in the air. The only thing I really remember about the incident is looking up and seeing another jumper coming straight towards me.
If you were a food what would you be?
Finally, what’s your favorite type of music to listen too?
I really like the oldies.
Well I hope this shed some insight into my teammate and recent National Champion! Thanks for reading! Go Gators!