Kansas University was simply the right fit for Free State High senior Logan Sloan.
Sloan signed his letter of intent to run track at KU in a celebration at FSHS on Monday afternoon after debating between staying in Lawrence or heading west to run at the University of Oregon, where he has run in camps for the past four summers.
“I’m really excited that he’s chosen to and has had the opportunity to continue on (with his career),” FSHS coach Steve Heffernan said. “His last few seasons have been filled with a few injuries, which happens, but often in high school can drive kids away.
“Credit to him is, he didn’t want to stop. He wants to move on, and I think once he gets there and gets a few seasons of solid, consistent running in, they’ll be really excited with what they have, and he’ll be glad he decided to stick with it.”
Sloan is guaranteed a spot on the team, though no scholarship for now.
Though Sloan’s parents said they were happy simply to see him continue running competitively, Sloan hopes he can continue improving his times and eventually earn a scholarship.
“The coaches are great, and I have three or four friends on the team already,” Sloan said. “They said you get treated right. I just want to be a part of that program and be the best runner I can.”
Sloan has been battling a stress reaction in his foot, which has left him at less than full speed for a few weeks, but hopes to run well to help the Firebirds this weekend at regionals, which begin at 3 p.m. Friday at FSHS.