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Sandage to run at UE

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By Larry Goffinet

TELL CITY - Spencer Sandage, a 2008 Tell City graduate, announced Friday that he will continue his cross country and track careers for the University of Evansville.

Sandage looked at running for Bellarmine University but then decided to attend UE.

"I applied to the school and then he (UE cross country and track coach Don Walters) contacted me," said Sandage.

Walters wanted Sandage on his cross country team and was prepared to offer a partial athletic scholarship.

But "they'd already given me as much as they could, with academic and other aid," said Sandage.

So Sandage said he declined the athletic scholarship since it would merely replace other aid that he will still get if he decides to quit running someday.

College cross country races are 8,000 meters as opposed to high school's 5,000 meters. But Sandage said, "I prefer a longer distance. I think I do better at it."

He said Walters did not give him any indication where he would rank on the team's 20-man roster. But Tell City Coach Chris Hollinden, who also ran for Walters at UE, said, "He should be in the middle of the pack, which is not bad for a freshman."

Sandage placed eighth in the Pocket Athletic Conference, sixth in the Jasper sectional, 20th in the Crawford County regional, and 25th in the Bedford semistate for the Marksmen last fall.

UE is restarting its track team after a long absence. Sandage's best track event in high school was the 3200-meter run, in which he placed fourth in the Jasper sectional last spring.

But he said he will run "whatever coach wants me to do." Hollinden speculated that he might be a candidate for the steeplechase, a 3,000-meter race that includes some hurdles.

Sandage plans to major in nursing.