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Legacy High School’s Austin Wolf clears the bar while competing in the High Jump at the state track and field meet in Bismarck last May. Wolf won the event with a jump of 6 feet, 7 inches.

WILL KINCAID, TRIBUNE

Austin Wolf had a decision to make.

In the end, however, it wasn't too difficult.

The multi-sport standout at Legacy High School signed with the University of North Dakota track and field team on Wednesday. Wolf, an all-state wide receiver in football, and the Sabers' leading scorer last season in basketball, chose track with an eye on the future.

"I was kind of looking at the physical aspects of the other sports and thinking long term about the possibility of injuries that can happen," Wolf said. "I want to be able to play with my kids some day and there's a lesser chance of major injuries in track and field, so that was my preference."

He certainly had options.

Wolf, the defending state champion in the high jump, also attracted interest from the NDSU track and field team. Bemidji State, of the NSIC, wanted him to play football, while Dickinson State offered up both football and track.

"I've wanted to go to UND or NDSU since I was a kid," he said. "I really enjoyed UND's facilities and getting help with the scholarship sealed the deal."

Chris Clements, Wolf's coach in football and track and field at Legacy, long knew this day was coming.

"I think from the time he was a freshman we expected that in one of the sports, if not all of the sports, he was going to be able to compete at a high level," Clements said. "I compare him to the Wanzek kid from Jamestown. I think he has that type of ability in football and I know he has it in the jumps."

Clements was referring to Noah Wanzek, now a wide receiver at UND.

Last spring at the state track meet, Wolf took fourth in the long jump and seventh in the triple, although Clements could see opposite results in the future.

"Finally last year Ben Jolliffe, our jumps coach, got him to feel comfortable enough to start doing the triple jump," Clements said. "I think that could possibly be his best event moving forward."

On the football field, Wolf had 12 touchdowns this season for the Sabers, who advanced to the Class AAA playoffs. Up next is basketball practice in about two weeks. He plans to study business and accounting at UND.

Reach Tribune sports editor Dave Selvig at (701) 250-8246 or david.selvig@bismarcktribune.com

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