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ATTIG TO CONCENTRATE ON POLE VAULT AT SIU

August 29, 1996

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Garrett Attig, a two-sport star for Lawrence High, is down to one sport at Southern Illinois.

Attig, a 1996 LHS graduate, is on a track scholarship at the Carbondale, Ill., college and walked on in football. He participated in the full week of two-a-day drills before quitting football last week to concentrate more on his pole vault career.

"They switched my position to strong safety and I don't know if I want to play that in college," said 5-foot-10, 190-pound Attig, who started at fullback and safety during the Lions' 11-1 state championship season in 1995. "I wanted to play tailback but they were stacked so much at that position. I really wanted to play. That's just the way it worked out."

Attig rushed 155 times for 796 yards (5.1 yards per carry) and 15 touchdowns his senior year. He earned second-team all-Sunflower League honors at running back and received honorable mention at defensive back.

He was a two-time Class 6A state champion in the pole vault. His 16 feet, 2 1/2 inch mark at the '96 state track meet was an LHS record.

While Attig was considering colleges last year, playing football and vaulting were important to him. SIU allowed him to pursue both sports.

Attig had the opportunity to vault at Kansas University, where his father, Rick, is the pole vault coach.

"There's no regrets," said Attig, who might try playing football again next year. "If I thought I was doing just track, I probably would have stayed at KU."

Attig started vault practice on Monday. He said SIU coaches consider him a decathlete candidate.

The Salukis' indoor season starts on Sept. 7. The following week SIU travels to KU for a meet.

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