Marietta High/Washington County Career Center
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Marietta High/Washington County Career Center senior Lizzy Crum is aiming high, and hoping to set the school record in the pole vault this spring.
Sports: Track & Field
Main event: Pole vault
College being considered: Shawnee State University
College major being considered: undecided
Family: Rick and Cheryl Crum (father and mother); two older brothers (Geoffrey and Christopher)
Question: Going into your senior season as an MHS track and field athlete, what are your goals?
Answer: My main goal is to set the school record in the pole vault. The record is 11-feet, 4-inches (by Paige Grosel), and I've cleared the bar at 10 feet. I just need to work hard and do my best - and try to help the team.
I'd like to get to state, too.
Question: Do you compete in any other events?
Answer: Long jump (14-1), and sometimes Coach (Mollie Schramm) will put me in the 4x2 relay and shuttle hurdles.
Question: How did you happen to get started in the pole vault?
Answer: I was in gymnastics in the seventh grade at Marietta Middle School, and Coach Eric Parsons got me started. There's a lot of technique to learn.
In my first year, I did 8-6. When I was a freshman at the high school, I did 9-feet.
Then, I didn't do track in my sophomore season. Last year, I came back, and....
Question: ....and, you earned All-East Central Ohio League honors?
Answer: Yes, I did. That was pretty exciting.
Question: Coach Parsons has been a big influence on your pole vaulting career, hasn't he?
Answer: Yes, he still comes around and tries to help me out. My parents have also been very supportive, too.
Question: What do you like to do off the track?
Answer: I like to draw and paint just about anything.
Ron Johnston, email@example.com