Clark Dies From Injuries Sustained in Single-car Collision
Oct 03, 2009
BANNER ELK, N.C. - Lees-McRae College track and field
student-athlete Alonzo Clark died Tuesday, after suffering severe
head injuries in a single-car collision last Monday in Banner
sophomore was from Fredricksburg, Va., and was a member of the
track and field team and Beta Omega Kappa.
represented everything we want in a student-athlete - dedication to
his teammates, classmates and friends, as well as the loyalty of a
son and brother," Athletic Director Craig McPhail said.
the type of student-athlete you always dream of coaching," Head
Track and Field Coach Ley Fletcher said. "He worked hard on the
track and in the classroom and had great success in both areas. In
his short life, he lived life at a very high quality. I will miss
Alonzo, along with everyone else on the team. He will always be a
big part of Lees-McRae Track and Field and Lees-McRae College in
short time we were able to spend together, Zo impacted so many
people on our campus and in our community," McPhail said. "He
truly lived life to its fullest and for this I am thankful to have
had him on our team."
Clark was a
sprinter on the Bobcat track team, helping guide them to the first
Conference Carolinas Track and Field Championships last spring. His
events in track were the 4x100m relay team, 4x400m relay team and
ran the open 200m.
time of sadness, Alonzo's legacy will continue - his organs were
donated to nine different people helping them continue a healthy
life," McPhail said.
family would like to thank the college family for the lasting
support and allowing Alonzo the great opportunities which
Lees-McRae afforded him," Alonzo Clark, Sr. said.
held a short memorial service in Clark's honor Tuesday afternoon
where 300 plus friends, teammates, faculty, staff and peers
reflected on his life.
home soccer matches Wednesday, Lees-McRae will ask that everyone in
attendance observe a moment of silence for the Clark
survived by his mother, Cheryl Clark, father, Alonzo Clark, Sr. and
siblings Felicia, Ben and Michelle.