Rowland has already signed a letter of intent with Auburn University and it is there that he hopes to further his training and get even faster before venturing on to a professional career. Read below for all of the details from an interview with the fastest athlete ever out of South Carolina...Marcus Rowland!
Dorman High School
Class of 2008
KF: So what does it feel like to be the fastest person in the state to this point?
MR: IT FEELS VERY GREAT...IT IS SOMETHING THAT I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE, BUT I JUST NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD COME TO REALITY. BUT I DON'T TAKE IT FOR GRANTED AND I'M STILL WORKING HARD TO HOPEFULLY BECOME THE FASTEST PERSON IN THE WORLD ONE DAY.
KF: You've posted the fastest 100m time ever by a high school athlete in SC. Guys like Stephen Davis and Tim Montgomery are legendary figures when it comes to SC track and field when it comes to sprinting...now that you've surpassed both of those legends marks has it sunk in for you yet?
MR: I'VE NEVER REALLY LOOKED AT IT LIKE THAT. BUT I GUESS IT HASN'T REALLY SUNK IN YET. IT'S GOOD TO HAVE MY NAME BROUGHT UP IN A SENTENCE WITH THEM IN IT, LET ALONE ME RUNNING A TIME FASTER THAN THEY'VE EVER RAN. IT'S DEFINITELY EXCITING!!!
KF: In terms of official records it won't be official unless you do it at state. Is it something that sticks in the back of your mind?
MR: IT'S DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT STICKS IN THE BACK OF MY HEAD. IT'S SOMETHING THAT I WOULD REALLY WANT TO ACCOMPOLISH, BUT ITS NOTHING THATS STRESSING ME OUT AND CAUSING ME TO NOT SLEEP. I'M JUST ENJOYING MY SENIOR YEAR AND BASICALLY HAVING FUN. IF I BREAK IT, GREAT, IF I DON'T I'LL STILL BE PROUD OF MYSELF.
KF: Are you confident that you can bust Stephen Davis's 10.4 second record should the conditions be right at state this year?
MR: I WOULD SAY IF I'M PHYSICALLY FEELING GOOD, THE WEATHER IS GOOD, AND THE WIND IS LEGAL, I WILL HAVE A GREAT CHANCE TO BREAK HIS RECORD.
KF: You chose Auburn, what about Auburn stood out for you the most?
MR: BASICALLY THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE PEOPLE. EVERYONE WAS NICE, THE LOCATION WAS GREAT, AND I LOVE WARM WEATHER. IT WAS REAL CLOSE BETWEEN AUBURN, SOUTH CAROLINA, AND GEORGIA, BUT I PRETTY MUCH WEIGHED MY OPTIONS OUT AND AUBURN WAS DEFINITELY MY BEST OPTION, FROM A SOCIAL, EDUCATION, AND TRACK STANDPOINT.
KF: What other schools did you have offers from?
MR: SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, TENNESSEE, NORTH CAROLINA, CLEMSON, BAYLOR, AND FLORIDA.
KF: Are any schools still pursuing you?
MR: NOT REALLY. THE FIRST QUESTION MOST ASK IS, HAVE I ALREADY SIGNED AND I TELL THEM YES AND THEY PRETTY MUCH BACK OFF THEN.
KF: You've also posted the fastest time in the state for the 200m. Some people who aren't familiar with track think it's very similar to the 100. Explain to them what technique and strategy goes into the 200 opposed to the 100.
MR: IN MY OPINION, BESIDES THE 400(4X4) THE 200 IS THE 2ND HARDEST EVENT I RUN. SIMPLY BECAUSE ITS LONGER AND REQUIRES SO MUCH ENDURANCE. YOU HAVE TO RUN THE 200 METER SMART. I ALWAYS RUN THE CURVE ABOUT 90% AND GIVE IT MY ALL ON THE STRAIGHT AWAY, BUT DIFFERENT PEOPLE RUN IT DIFFERENT WAYS.
KF: Do you have a favorite event?
MR: NO, BECAUSE AS HYPED AS I GET ABOUT THE 100 AND 200, I'M JUST AS HYPED ABOUT THE 4x100 AND THE 4x400. SO NO I COULDN'T PICK A FAVORITE.
KF: Obviously you want to help Dorman repeat as state champions again this year. How confident are you about the team's chances?
MR: WE ARE SOMEWHAT CONFIDENT, BUT WE'RE DEF. NOT GOIN TO STATE THINKING WE'RE GOIN TO WIN HANDS DOWN, WE KNOW WE HAVE TO WORK HARD FOR IT, BECAUSE THERE'S OTHER TEAMS OUT THERE THAT WANT IT AS BAD AS WE DO.
KF: Are you working on a training regiment that the Auburn coaches have provided for you to be prepared once you arrive on campus?
MR: NOT REALLY RIGHT NOW, BUT MORE TOWARDS THE SUMMER I'M SURE THERE WILL BE SOME TYPE OF WORKOUT SET UP.
KF: Aside from relay events track is an individual sport. Where do you foresee yourself in 5 or 6 years when you've graduated from Auburn?
MR: HOPEFULLY AND PRAYFULLY, RUNNING PROFESSIONAL TRACK AND COMPETING IN THE OLYMPICS. HOPEFULLY GETTING HUGE ENDORSEMENTS! (LAUGHS) BUT DEFINITELY I WANT TO HAVE A COLLEGE DEGREE AND BECOME BETTER EDUCATED AFTER LEAVING AUBURN.
KF: Do you daydream about competing in the Olympics one day like most youngsters who run track do?
MR: YES. YOU HAVE NO IDEA! (LAUGHS)
KF: Name some of your heroes whether it be for life in general and someone who you look up to when it comes to track and field?
MR: MY DAD ISAAC, BECAUSE HE UNDERSTANDS ME MORE THAN ANYONE, IF I COULD BE LIKE HIM (MENTALLY) I WOULD DEFINITELY GO FAR IN LIFE. MY FAMILY AND COACH BECAUSE THEY SUPPORT ME IN EVERYTHING I DO AND SEE THAT THERE IS MORE IN ME BESIDES TRACK. THEY KEEP ME GROUNDED!
KF: What are your personal goals? What do you think is an obtainable goal for you this year for the 100 and 200?
MR: I'VE REACHED MOST OF MY GOALS IN THE 100/200, SO NOW THE ONLY GOALS IS TO BREAK THE STATE RECORD FOR THE 100/200. A PERSONAL GOAL OF MINE IS TO JUST ALWAYS KEEP STAYING HUMBLE AND NOT GET ARROGANT, AND NEVER TAKE THIS FOR GRANTED AND TO REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN! ESPECIALLY THIS YEAR!
KF: Just how fast can Marcus Rowland be before he's done with track and field and reached his peak?
MR: HOPEFULLY WORLD RECORD FAST! IF I TRAIN HARD AND STAY DEDICATED AND MOTIVATED I'LL BE FINE.
We at SCPrepNation.com want to thank Marcus Rowland for slowing down long enough to speak with us and sharing his thoughts and ambitions with us. We're certain that he'll one day be living those dreams he talked about and representing his family, Dorman High, and the state of South Carolina proudly! We'll have updates on Marcus as he continues his career on the college and professional level in the future.