“Johnny is probably the most prolific runner in Danville High history and he will be showing his craft,’’ Luke said. “We have him entered in both the 800 and 1,600, his two signature events.
“We hope this town is as proud of him as we are, and that they will come out and support what we are doing.’’
It will be the final opportunity for Vermilion County residents to see the state champion on home turf.
“I love running in front of the home crowd,’’ said Leverenz, who won both events in the inaugural John Eakle Invitational.
And can he break any more school records?
“I don’t know about that. Getting that one last weekend was definitely a big accomplishment,’’ he said. “That was also a big meet with a lot of great competition. I just sat in third for the whole race and then I took it over in the final 300.’’
Not only did the spectators at the first-ever John Eakle Invitational last year get to see Leverenz, who went on a win an individual state title, but the Vikings also had Alexus Jimson-Miller, a freshman this year at Miami of Ohio, go onto win the Class 3A 100 hurdles event.
Danville was just one of two schools in IHSA Class 3A that could claim an individual champion in both the boys and girls state meets, the other school was Edwardsville.
“I hope that everyone in Danville can come out and support us,’’ Leverenz said. “Both the boys and the girls programs are really good this year.’’
And both teams were able to claim in the Big 12 Conference indoor championships this past March in Bloomington.
“Most people don’t really know that Danville track is one of the best in the state,’’ said Danville senior Ambrosia Williams, who on Friday became the fifth track athlete to sign with NCAA Division I program in the past four years. “It’s pretty exciting to be a part of this program.