Paris Wolf had a specific goal in mind for athletic career before she even entered high school.
“Since seventh or eighth grade, I’ve always wanted to jump at a college level,” Wolf said.
Not only will Wolf realize that dream, but she’ll get a chance to do so at her hometown university, which is a major bonus for the Thomas More Prep-Marian senior.
Wolf signed a letter of intent on Monday to join the Fort Hays State track and field team next season.
“It means even more because I don’t know what I’d do without my family,” said Wolf, who plans to compete in long jump and triple jump at FHSU. “Being close to home, or actually in your hometown, it means a lot more. I’m thankful for that.”
Wolf, who has placed at state in both the triple and long jump in her TMP career, said Fort Hays has long been her ideal college destination.
“I was hoping (to sign with FHSU) because I know (FHSU jumps coach Ty) Haas, and I know a lot of jumpers at Fort Hays,” she said.
Wolf said she started jumping at about the eighth grade and has been hooked ever since.
“I kind of started off with sprinting or running and I just got put in the triple and long jump, and after that I just kind of caught on really quick," Wolf said.
“I was going to try and do volleyball here as well at Fort Hays but I tore my labrum in my shoulder so then I just focused on track,” she added. “It’s my favorite sport.”
Wolf first placed at state as a sophomore, taking seventh in the triple jump. She was sixth at state last year as a junior in the long jump and was the Mid-Continent League champion in long jump.
“Paris is a great kid,” TMP-Marian track and field coach James Harris said. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with her since she was in the eighth grade. She’s just got that true competitive spirit. She wants to be the best that she can be at everything she does.
"I’m excited for her to get the opportunity to go to Fort Hays and jump, and jump for one of the best collegiate coaches in my opinion in Coach Haas.”
Before she's a Tiger, Wolf will try to end her high school career on a high note this spring.
“I am really looking forward to it,” Wolf said. “I’m going to try as hard as I can at the state level this year."
“She’ll be one of our leaders on our team,” Harris added. “I expect some really big things out of her and she’s really going to help our team out.”