Next fall, Austin Wolf will be a freshman on the University of North Dakota men’s track and field team. For the first couple of weeks, Austin might feel bored as he transitions from competing in four sports in high school to one sport in college.
Legacy senior Austin Wolf has already competed football, basketball and soccer this year. Now he gets to perform his true passion.
“I compete in the high jump, long jump, triple jump and the 4 x 400m relay,” Wolf said.
But how does the Legacy senior find time to train in four different sports.
“Basically during the summer,” Wolf said. “I focus on everything, but when a specific season comes around, I focus only on that sport.”
Chris Clements probably knows Austin better than any coach. Chris has been Austin’s head coach in football and track and field for the last four years.
“He does have a passion for [track and field],” Clements said. “He knows that he’s very good at it. He was very good at football also.”
Austin received college scholarship offers in football and track, but thinks track is his best option.
“I enjoy track more,” Wolf said. “I feel like just being able to do track would make me the happiest.”
Just because Austin will only focus on track, does not mean he will not miss the other sports.
“Just the atmosphere that each individual sport brings,” Wolf said.
His decision to compete in one sport in college was based on education.
“I feel like if I try to take on another sports with the school work and everything,” Wolf said. “It’ll take too much.”
As Austin prepares to travel four hours to Grand Forks, his mind is made up.
“I know that I’m going to love it and I’m going to enjoy it,” Austin said. “I’m going to stick it through no matter what it takes.”
Austin says he plans on majoring in accounting once he is at the University of North Dakota.