Clayton ran track for the University of South Carolina. Look out for his tips on maximizing your fitness results. Here is his bio.
4x100m: 2011 Second Team, 2012 Second-Team
Outdoor 4x400m: 2011, 2015 Second Team
2011 SEC 4x100m Relay Bronze Medalist
2015 SEC 4x400m Relay Bronze Medalist
2012, 2014, 2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll
Indoor: Ran a sub-47.50 in the 400 all season… won the quarter mile at the Orange and Purple Classic (47.47) and Virginia Tech Invite (47.46)… ran a top indoor time of 46.89 at the Tyson Invitational, finishing 12th… finished 16th at the SEC Indoor Championships… was part of a 4×400 relay team that won three races and had a top time of 3:09.26.
Outdoor: Continued to have success in the quarter-mile events, with wins at the Shamrock Invite (47.14) and Bill Carson Invite (46.94)… ran a season-best time of 46.40 at the Florida Relays… ran the starting leg of the 4×4 relay at the SEC Championship; the team finished third with the fourth-best time in school history (3:03.13)… is a member of the team’s top 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 relay groups… qualified for regionals in the 400… earned a trip to nationals as a member of the 4×1 and 4×4 relay teams.
Indoor: Won the Auburn Invitational with a time of 47.26 and went on to finish in 13th at the prestigious Armory Collegiate Invitational…clocked in with the sixth-best time in school history in the prelims at the SEC Indoor Championships with a 46.81…in the stacked 400m finals at SEC Indoors, crossed at 47.36 to finish in seventh and to score for the Gamecocks…also an integral relay member, posting the top 4x400m relay time at the Alex Wilson Invite at 3:10.79…Outdoors, returned to 400m action at Florida Relays, running a season-best 47.42…took fifth at Spec Town Relays and finished 15th at the SEC Outdoor Champion…ran the second leg of the 4x400m team at Penn Relays (3:08.37 – 3rd)
Indoor: Competed in the 400m, won the Virginia Tech invitational… ran a season-best time of 47.86 at SEC Indoor Championships… ran lead off at SEC Indoor Championships on the 4x400m relay, the team placed 8th and ran a season-best time of 3:06.78.
Outdoor: Competed in the 400m… won the Shamrock Invitational and Weems Baskin Invite… finished 7th at the SEC Outdoor Championships, running his top mark of 45.93 in the preliminaries… finished 18th at the NCAA East Preliminaries…ran the third leg on the 4x100m relay team that won at Bob Pollack, placed 4th at SEC Championships and ran a season best 39.60 at NCAA Outdoors… anchored the 4x200m relay team in their fastest time of the year, 1:22.76… ran leadoff on the 4x400m team that placed 6th at SEC Outdoor Championships with a time of 3:08.31… competed at the US Olympic Trials in the 400m.
Indoor: Won the Hokie Invitational … ran a season best 47.52 to place 12th at the SEC Indoor Championships … ran the leadoff leg of the 4x400m relay team that placed seventh at the SEC Indoor Championships at 3:10.85.
Outdoor: Had a top time of 46.60 at the War Eagle Invitational … placed eighth in the prelims at the SEC Outdoor Championships at 46.95 … finished 19th at the NCAA East Preliminary with a time of 47.15 … ran third leg for SEC bronze medal 4x100m relay team that crossed the line at 39.49 … relay placed fourth at the NCAA East Preliminary and 11th overall at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at 39.50 … Ran opening leg of 4×400-meter relay team that placed sixth at the SEC Outdoor Championships at 3:09.67 … Ran first leg of team that advanced to outdoor final with a time of 3:05.85 … Relay placed 14th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a time of 3:07.91.
Somerset County Athlete of the Year … New Jersey Meet of Champions winner in the 400m … New Jersey State Champion in the 400m and section champion in the 100m, 200m and 400m.
Cannabis and Your Voice
Today’s the day, that’s right 4/20…Can we be real for a second and talk about the elephant in the room for a few minutes? I’m talking about that green sticky stuff with the funny smell when lit. Some people call it Pot, Grass, Herb, Mary Jane and remember back in the day some people even called it Reefer? For the purpose of this article, I will refer to Marijuana as “weed”. I wanted to talk about the possible effects that weed can have on your voice. Before we get into this very interesting and controversial topic let me be clear, I’m not here to judge or point figures, nor pick sides to each is own. I’m here to point out some facts and perhaps give you something to chew on, pun intended LOL!
Many of you know that April 20th often just referred to 4/20, international “Pot” holiday, originated by five high school students from California in 1971. The story itself is pretty fascinating but whats even more fascinating, to me is how it quickly became an international holiday all over the world. If this subject tickles your fancy, you’ll have to do a little research to learn more.
As I look through different articles looking for the long and short-term effects weed (the most used illegal drug in the world ), I was surprised at the small amount of information I found about the cause and effects with emphasis on the voice. I found this interesting because many of you already know artists and musicians are often perceived as heavy drug users of many different kinds, not always weed. While we often hear about and are driven to focus on harder drugs, weed it’s often accused to be the gateway drug. We all know or have read about singers, rappers, actors, pastors, even former President Bill Clinton was accused of using the drug many refer too as “weed” but don’t fret, he didn’t inhale…
Okay, here goes the tea… Regardless of how you smoke weed, (or any other substance) rather it’s in a vaporizer, pipe, blunt or old fashioned joint, any inhaled agent has the ability to over time damage the overall quality of your voice. Just as caffeine, heating/cooling systems and allergy medication, and even sleeping with your mouth open at night dry your voice and sinus completely. Dryness in your throat causes a plethora of problems you might not even be aware of some of which include difficulty swallowing, coughing, heartburn and body aches, just to name a few. Some studies show that a vaporizer is safer because the substance isn’t burned and fewer toxins are actually produced. However, other studies shown say that any smoke at all inhaled has potential to damage your voice.
Marijuana is now legal in nine states for recreational use and other 15 states for medical purposes, weed has quickly become in higher demand among the states that haven’t been considered for legalization, as of yet… You can cut the tension with a knife among both citizens and legislators when this touchy subject resurfaces.
We live in a stressful world that seems to be constantly on the move, with pressures of becoming bigger and better by the microsecond. People who suffer from stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD and health problems, particularly pain and much more is at an all-time high in our nation as a whole. From the stress of raising a family to the stress of being an entrepreneur creating your dream job, weed has become a multi-billion dollar industry. Millions of people all over the world swear by the substance called “Marijuana”. In a small serve, I conducted today, some claim they couldn’t, and some even stated they wouldn’t live without. Weed helps “take the edge off and calms me down at the end a stressful day,” several people said from my serve, verbatim.14-20 people I asked, (would like to remain anonymous) admitted to consuming daily.
6 Singers (2 college students)
4 Males (over age 60)
3 Mothers (between 25-44)
7 Professional “White Collar” (Unisex ages 23-52)
All of which had valid reasons why consume daily, all of which were compelling. The other six had various reasons for daily use from chronic pain to high anxiety. At the end of the day, we all must do what we think is best for our overall mental health and well-being. Being a person who was without a voice for almost three years, I tend to examine things a little differently than I once did, especially when it comes to my voice.
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The Woman Who Brought Us “Don’t Make Me Over” Sybil
Classy and truly a woman of excellence, Sybil brings light to fading world. It was a pleasure to have an opportunity to have met an angel.
The beautiful and talented Songstress Sybil sat down for an exclusive interview with Exposure Magazine CEO & Founder of @MsTam Lawrence- during the Women’s Gathering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 9th 2018.
Sharing her take on walking in your purpose. Sybil drops some golden nuggets on the audience, “Trust the process and believe in you!” Sybil graced the stage with her heartfelt presence–singing her hit single, “Don’t make me over.”
Tam Lawrence: Sybil have you ever been in a dark place? If so, how did you break-through?
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