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Central's Smith happy to be a future Badger

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La Crosse, WISCONSIN (WXOW)  It's nice to have options and even nicer to have great options.

Such is the case for La Crosse Central senior Sawyer Smith, who thought the best option is to stay close to home and commit to the University of Wisconsin on a partial track scholarship.

Smith will compete in the decathlon for the Badgers, a grueling 10 event test.

He won 4 medals at the WIAA State Meet last spring while competing in the high jump, long jump, 400 meters and the 4 by 400 relay.

He holds, or is a part of, 5 school and city records.

"It had a lot to do with the amount of decathletes that were there. The coach at Wisconsin, Ed Nuttycomb, has spent a lot of time coaching there. All the coaches I talked to said he was a mentor to them in the long run for the decathlon. That was really helpful for me. I guess staying close was a big thing too," Smith said.

"He had to weigh between the best ones. But Wisconsin has a great tradition of track in field in the Big Ten and even nationally. They have all-Americans every year. As far as a track powerhouse, he's going to one. It just happens to be in his back yard," said Central boys track coach Niels Anderson.

Smith choose Wisconsin over LSU, Arkansas and Minnesota just to name a few.

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