>> Background: Crim was a senior for Providence Christian and head coach Clifford Carter. She has competed in track and field at PCS for three years. She is the first Dothan Eagle Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year winner and joins younger sister, Grace, as a Dothan Eagle award winner. Grace Crim was the Cross Country Runner of the Year in the fall.
>> 2019 stats: Crim won Class 3A state titles in the triple jump (35 feet, 5¾”) and long jump (17’ 3”), winning on last jump attempt) and finished third in the high jump (5’0) and 300-meter hurdles (48.19 seconds), amassing 32 of Providence Christian’s 79.5 points to help the Eagles earn state runner-up honors.
>> Thoughts on being Dothan Eagle Track & Field Athlete of the Year: It is definitely a surprise and really exciting because this is the first year for it. It is a very big honor to be the first female track athlete of the year. It was also a really fun end to a nice season overall.
>> What does it mean to join your sister as a Dothan Eagle winner? That makes it all the more better because we push each other and we are close. It is fun for me to be out there in cross country, cheering her on, and in track season, it flips and she is by my side, cheering the whole way.
>> What were your preseason goals? My main goal was not actually personal. It was with the team. We were ranked third and that was what we were supposed to get, but we really wanted to get a trophy (top two teams), knowing no team in Providence Christian’s track history has gotten a trophy before. So our goal was to get second place. To do that I knew I had to contribute a lot of points. That was our goal and we achieved it.
>> So you didn’t have any personal goals? Well, I wanted to win gold medals in all my events, mainly triple jump and long jump, and I did accomplish those two. My other events were 300 hurdles, 100 hurdles and high jump, but you can only compete in four, so I ended up cutting 100 hurdles.
>> What is your favorite event? Triple jump. It was the first event I learned how to do. I didn’t start running track until the 10th grade. I played soccer and decided to try track my 10th grade year for indoor. My coaches said, “I want you to do the triple jump” and I was like, “What is that?” He took me out to our makeshift sand pit behind the baseball field and we watched videos. He taught me how to do it. Immediately after that I loved it. My first meet, I won bronze and I was like, “Maybe this is something God is calling me to do.” I ended up pursuing it more, building on it and it has always been my favorite event. I like the hurdles, but I love jumping way more.
>> What are your future plans? I’m going to Auburn next year. War Eagle! I thought about walking on in track, but I am going in pre-dentistry and bio-medical science so that will be a lot of hard classes and I want to be involved in a lot of campus things, too. So I figured it would be too much (to do track).
>> Carter on Crim: Margaret Crim is an outstanding all-around athlete. She was really consistent for us. She was limited to four events (a meet), but honestly if we could have put her in five she would have scored in five. To take four medals at state really says how good she was. Then to have to deal with the weather at the state meet and having to do the triple, high and long jumps in the same day – that is a lot on your legs. For her to put that many jumps on her legs in a single day and win two of the jumps was a big deal.