Crum already has a school record in track as she, along with Jenna Yeakley, Emily Robertson and Haley Johnson, own the Cass record in the 3200-meter relay event. The Kings will be shooting to break the record again this season — although without the graduated Yeakley and Robertson — and they’ll also have the record in the 1600 relay in their sights as well.
The following is a question-and-answer session with Crum.
Q. Of the sports you play, which is your favorite? Why?
A. I love all my sports, but volleyball is probably my favorite because I have been around it my whole life. Both of my parents are coaches so I grew up playing the game and now I just love to be on the court with my teammates.
Q. How did you first get started in sports? At what age?
A. My parents love to joke about how I was practically raised in a gym. They have both been coaching multiple sports since before I was born so I have been around sports for as long as I can remember. I used to watch their practices and be a ball girl and by kindergarten they were putting me in youth league basketball and kid swim clubs. I loved sports immediately!
Q. Do you have any family members who played sports?
A. Both of my parents were high school athletes and combined have coached volleyball, basketball, track, cross country and tennis. My Grandpa Fouts was on the Purdue University weight lifting team years ago and my older brother Jared, a junior at Wittenberg University, was a three-sport athlete here at Lewis Cass and now swims at Wittenberg.
Q. Have you ever played a sport that you were not successful at?
A. Yes, I played basketball through eighth grade and I was way too small. I just got knocked down all the time or I fouled out. I also tried high jump in junior high track and that was just a terrible idea!