DANVILLE — Just like his running style, Danville senior Johnny Leverenz had a plan when it came to selecting his college of choice and he executed that plan flawlessly.
On Thursday afternoon at Danville High School, the 2013 IHSA Class 3A state champion in the 800 meters and the 2013 state runner-up in the Class 2A state cross country meet signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Butler University in Indianapolis where Leverenz plans on running both cross country and track for the Bulldogs.
“It’s definitely special,’’ he said. “I was signing to a college where I’m going to be for the next five years. It’s an incredible experience.’’
Leverenz had multiple schools that were interested in his services, but Butler was the best fit for his criteria.
“It wasn’t a terribly hard decision, but I definitely thought it through,’’ he said. “I like that it is a private school. I wanted to go to a smaller school. (Butler’s enrollment is right at 4,000). And I wanted it to be close to home — it’s only an hour and a half away, so that will be easy.
“Ultimately, it’s prestigious academically and they have a good cross country and track team.’’
Butler, which has changed its conference affiliation this season from the Atlantic-10 to the Big East, was third in the league cross country meet behind Villanova and Providence. That snapped the Bulldogs’ string of 15 straight conference titles. A year ago in its final season of A-10 track, Butler was third in the conference meet.
With Leverenz signing on Thursday, it is the fourth consecutive year that Danville High track has produced an NCAA Division I athlete. The others are Alexus Jimson-Miller, last year to Miami (Ohio), Cirron Clark, in 2012 to Illinois State, and Matt Cleveland in 2011 to Vanderbilt.