The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Sports

October 13, 2012

Leverenz wins Big 12 title

DANVILLE —  Johnny Leverenz and Sadie Elliott came into the cross country season with different expectations.

Leverenz, a junior, was the top returning runner in the Big 12 Conference and Elliott, a freshman, was making her varsity debut.

On Saturday, both runners achieved their goals in the league’s conference meet at Kennekuk County Park.

“It was kind of what we thought, everything panned out the way we thought it would,’’ Danville coach Todd Orvis said.

Leverenz became the first Danville runner to claim the Big 12 title since Ricky Alvarez won it in 2001.

“It’s definitely special,’’ Leverenz said. “It’s been a while since we had an individual or a team winner at Danville.’’

And Leverenz left little doubt about being the best in the Big 12 Conference this season.

The junior took the lead from the start with Bloomington’s Keith Meyer and Sam Doud hanging with Leverenz over the first mile.

Eventually, Leverenz opened up a 10-15 yard lead and he never looked back with a winning time of 15 minutes, 18 seconds as Meyer finished eight seconds behind him.

“My plan was to go out hard, take the lead and hopefully get a gap on them,’’ Leverenz said. “It went really the way that I had hoped it would go and they never caught back up with me.’’

And how did he feel about his time?

“I thought it was a good time,’’ said Leverenz, who was a second faster than his second-place time in last year’s Big 12 meet at Kennekuk.

And that’s exactly what Orvis expected from Leverenz.

“From this meet last year, he was the top returner,’’ said Orvis, as Leverenz was second to Decatur MacArthur’s Michael Clevenger. “He just had to hold off the two Bloomington kids. His race was tough because he was out there by himself.’’

Coming into the season, both Orvis and Leverenz were expecting Danville sophomore Caleb Hummer to be right up there with his teammate.

Unfortunately for the Vikings, Hummer has been sidelined for most of this season with an Achilles injury.

“We wanted to get him back going, but the pain has reoccurred and the prognosis is not good,’’ said Orvis, who told his team to use Saturday’s meet as a practice meet for next year’s conference championship.

“We have a lot of good runners and we’re hoping that we can compete for the team title next year,’’ Leverenz said.

Running for a title was not an expectation for Danville’s Sadie Elliott.

The freshman came into the season with a modest goal of being under 20 minutes.

“This is my first year of running 3 miles,’’ Elliott said. “I had never done it before and I didn’t know what to expect.

“I’ve just done way better than I expected to do.’’

On Saturday, she ran the 3-mile course in 18 minutes, 33 seconds, finishing third behind Normal West’s Emily Brelsfoard and Normal Community’s Carly Pederson.

“It was actually a tough race for her, because we knew those two Normal girls would be out in front and probably out of reach for her,’’ Orvis said. “And, she was out of front of the next pack. It basically meant she had to run the entire race by herself.

“That’s a tough way to run, but she is mature beyond her years.’’

Elliott seemingly handled the challenge with ease, finishing 14 seconds in front of the Hannah Wright, the fourth-place finisher from Champaign Central.

“Coming into today, I just wanted to run my best and I was hoping for a top-five finish,’’ she said. “I just had to make sure the pace behind me didn’t pass me.’’

And it was just another accomplishment for the freshman, who holds the school record with a time of 18:25.

“I’m really proud of what I’ve done this year,’’ she said. “I’ve just gone out there and run — I don’t think about anything else.’’

But how does she explain her sudden rise in the cross country ranks?

“My coaches and my teammates have pushed me a lot,’’ she said. “They have all been a big part of it.’’

In the team competition, Danville was sixth in both the boys and girls races.

Normal West captured the boys Big 12 title, while Normal Community earned the girls championship.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • SPT- CN0419 - Bis-Henn Baseball photo 1 Taylor slows Blue Devils BISMARCK -- After a perfect game from Ross Learnard on Tuesday, the Salt Fork baseball team received another outstanding pitching performance on Friday from Cole Taylor, who struck out nine and allowed only one hit over five innings as the Storm beat

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - CN0419 - Danville softball photo 1 Danville blasts three homers to beat Westville WESTVILLE -- Danville coach Corey Pullin knew it was just a matter of time until junior Alissa Peelman and sophomore Lindsey Lowenstein started seeing positive results at the plate. On Friday afternoon, the duo of Peelman and Lowenstein gave the Viki

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Danville girls track wins Raider Invitational BLOOMINGTON -- The Danville girls track team picked up four wins as they were able to beat the pack at the Lady Raider Invitational on Friday. Sadie Elliott won the 3,200 in 11 minutes, 51.75 seconds for Danville, while Aariona Graham won the long ju

    April 19, 2014

  • Friday's Local Scores PREP BASEBALL At Bismarck Salt Fork 15, Bismarck-Henning 0 Salt Fork 040 0(11) -- 15 14 0 Bis-Henn 000 0 0 -- 0 1 8 WP -- Cole Taylor. LP -- Dustyn Ingram. Two or more hits -- SF: Ross Learnard 3, Max Stutsman 3, Garrett McFadden, Lane West

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT- Cn0418 - Covington softball photo 2 Trojans cruise to victory COVINGTON, Ind. - The Covington softball team had a big first inning as they scored five runs on their way to defeating Attica 11-1. Attica threatened to score in the first, getting Karrah Pattengale to second, but they were unable to drive her home.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lunger steps up for Buffaloes GEORGETOWN -- In only the second start of his career, Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman pitcher Tyler Lunger pitched a five-hit complete game as the Buffaloes defeated Milford 8-2 on Thursday in Vermilion Valley Conference action. "I feel I threw well

    April 18, 2014

  • SPT - CN0418 - Danville boys tennis photo Maroons blitz young Vikings DANVILLE -- In the process of gaining experience, the Danville boys tennis team has taken a few lumps in the first few weeks of season. On Thursday afternoon, the Champaign Central Maroons delivered a few lessons to the younger Vikings with a 9-0 vic

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Peelman pitches no-hitter as Vikings beat Maroons CHAMPAIGN -- Alissa Peelman pitched a no-hitter as the Danville High School softball team beat Champaign Central 11-0 in five innings on Thursday in Big 12 Conference action. Peelman was also 3-of-4 with three RBIs for the Vikings while Mackenzie Kin

    April 18, 2014

  • Thursday's Local Scores PREP BASEBALL At Georgetown Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 8, Milford 2 Milford 101 000 0 -- 2 5 10 GRFC 200 141 x -- 8 8 3 WP -- Tyler Lunger. LP -- Clayton Rieches. Two or more hits -- GRFC: Dylan Bina, Ethan Silva. 2B

    April 18, 2014

  • SPT - CN0417 - Andy Bott photo Better late than never for Bott BISMARCK -- Marshall golf coach Matt Grobe completely surprised Bismarck-Henning standout Andy Bott with an e-mail earlier this year. Bott, who is a three-time all-stater for the Blue Devils, was preparing to attend Illinois Wesleyan in the fall. "Ou

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

E-edition
NCAA basketball
NJCAA Tourney Photos 2014


Check out the action at the NJCAA Division II National Men's Basketball Tournament March 18-22 at DACC. Buy photos from the Commercial-News here: http://smu.gs/1iCWKnP

Must Read
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station My name is Cocaine Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery