DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — History was made for Providence Christian School when the girls track and field team won the state championship.
The victory completed the triple crown for the Eagles who already won titles in cross country and indoor track.
“It was unbelievable,” senior Sarah Beth Rikard said. “So many emotions in one day and I don’t know another group of girls that could have done this.”
For the first time in school history, the girls of the track and field team are Class 3A state champs.
“It was the most exciting moment of definitely my high school career, not just as an athlete but as an academic student,” senior Leah Dorsey said. “It was just definitely the highlight of the year and of the past three years because this is what we’ve worked for for the past few years.”
It’s not just a first for outdoor track.
They also took home the first titles for cross country and indoor track.
For seniors, it was the only right way to end their running careers.
“It feels so great,” senior Grace Crim said. “Honestly, I’m just so thankful that I was able to be part of a team that was just blessed with so much talent. My teammates mean the world to me. This sport means the world to me so being able to end my running career with a triple crown is something that I could not be more thankful for.”
Head coach Cliff Carter says the girls were committed to claiming the crown early in the year.
“Which is something that’s so rare in our sport,” Carter said. “Our girls just decided that’s what they wanted to do and they worked hard towards that goal every single day.”
While Carter credits the team’s depth with helping them to success, the girls think their coaches played an incredible role in their victories.
“They kind of recognized our strengths and our weaknesses and they helped us build on those strengths but also overcome those weaknesses,” Crim said.
And while the Eagles held the pressure of winning a third championship in one year no matter what the season was already a win.
“The blessing of a team so close was what made the season truly a success,” Dorsey said. “It’s not all about the trophies. It’s not necessarily all about winning but the relationships that were formed and the fact that we were able to give such glory to God after winning was the best.”