Sarah Loesch grew up a Purdue fan.
Several of Loesch’s family members are Purdue graduates and cheer for the Boilermakers, and next year they’ll be able to cheer for one of their own.
The Columbus East senior plans to sign a national letter-of-intent today to throw the shot and discus for Purdue. The signing was scheduled for Wednesday but was postponed until today because East was out of school.
“I’ve been a Purdue fan forever,” Loesch said. “Nearly all my relatives seem to have gone there. I had thought about going there anyway, but then I thought about doing track and ended up going there.”
Loesch verbally committed to Purdue after visiting the school in November.
“I went to a camp there last summer, and it kind of sparked my interest,” Loesch said.
“I talked to the (throwers) coach (Keith McBride), and we hit it off.”
“It’s a school she really wanted to go to,” East coach Glen Brown said. “Obviously, it’s a Big Ten school, so it’s going to be a lot of work, but I think she’s up to the challenge. It will be a good fit for her.”
Last spring, Loesch qualified for the state finals in the discus and finished 19th. She was the sectional champion; finished third in the regional in the discus; and finished second in the sectional and fifth in the regional in the shot put.
Loesch came close to the school records in both events last season. Her personal bests are 38 feet, 5¾ inches in the shot and 126-4 in the discus. The school records are 39-2 and 131-10.
“My main goal this season would probably be to break our school record first and then get back to state and do better there,” Loesch said. “I want to make my marks better.”
“She’s worked hard in the offseason and wants to do well this season,” Brown said.
After playing basketball the past three years and being a starter for the Olympians last season, the 6-foot-3 Loesch gave up that sport to concentrate on track and field.
“I think it’s been a good move for me,” Loesch said. “I’ve been able to focus on getting better for track. I enjoyed my basketball time, but I think it was time for me to focus on something that I was going to focus on in college. I don’t regret my decision of not playing this year.”
Loesch, who carries a 3.86 GPA, has been accepted into Purdue’s School of Liberal Arts for visual communication. She is thinking of majoring in graphic design, visual communication or marketing.
“It’s nice to know where I’m going,” Loesch said. “It puts a little bit of pressure on me to perform a little better, but not a bad kind of pressure. It’s exciting to know I have someplace to go after this season.”