Both Leverenz and Jimson-Miller were state champions last spring for the Vikings. Leverenz in the 800 and Jimson-Miller in the 100 hurdles.
“This is huge for the program,’’ said Todd Orvis, the head cross country coach and assistant track coach at Danville High. “When Steve and I started eight years ago, going from six kids at the end of the season to what we have accomplished in the last few years, the program is back to where it was in the 1970s and 80s under coach (John) Eakle.
“Johnny has been a cornerstone and he is a big reason why the program is back where it should be.’’
According to Orvis, Leverenz has put in a lot of hard work to get himself to this point where he is going to be a collegiate athlete.
“When he came out as a freshman, we knew he was very talented,’’ Orvis said. “But I don’t know if anyone could have expected the things that he has accomplished and probably yet to accomplish this season. He deserves it. Johnny is a hard-working guy, and very coachable — a coach’s dream.’’
With his signing completed on Thursday, Leverenz can now completely focus on his senior track season.
“It was stressful because it was a huge decision, but it was fun at the same time,’’ he said, noting that he waited until after cross country season to really begin the process of choosing a school.
Leverenz said on Thursday that he is planning on majoring in accounting.
“It comes pretty easy to me and it’s fun at the same time,’’ he said.
The first indoor meet for Leverenz and the Danville boys track team is set for Saturday, Feb. 22 at the University of Kentucky.