Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Ottawa High’s Sachse to run at KU


In the end, the creature comforts of home won out for Jack Sachse.

Despite being courted by some of the country's top track programs, the Ottawa High senior signed a letter of intent last week to join the Kansas University men's track and field team next fall.

"I initially wanted to go out of state, but this is just where I felt most comfortable," said Sachse, who took official recruiting trips to Michigan, Oregon, Nebraska and Arkansas before signing his KU letter Nov. 16 -- the final day of the early signing period.

"I was pretty sure the whole time going into the signing period that KU was where I was going to go. But I just wanted to think it all over and consider all my options."

Sachse won the Class 5A state title in the 800 meters last spring and also ran a leg on the 1,600-meter relay team that finished second at the state meet. Both events could be in his future with the Jayhawks, as well as a possible jump to the 1,600.

However, it's the tutelage he'll receive in his specialty that also helped KU emerge as the front-runner in his college search.

"I really like Coach (Stanley) Redwine," Sachse said about the KU boss. "He was an 800-meter runner himself in his prime, so he knows what he's doing."

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