“This year this is going to be really big because of all the good teams we have coming to town. I’m excited to see how we do against these really good teams we have coming into Danville. It’s a chance for us, both the boys and girls, to showcase our talents, showcase what we can accomplish.’’
A year ago, the Vikings basically dominated the inaugural event. While no team scores were tabulated, the Danville girls won 11 of 18 varsity events and the boys won 10 of 18.
“This is not only a chance to put on a show for the hometown and all that, but it’s a meet that honors a coach (John Eakle) that means a lot to our entire staff. We take that very seriously,’’ said Danville boys track coach Steve Luke, who is one of five Danville High coaches that was a part of coach Eakle’s program. “If you follow Danville athletics, and you are not here on Saturday — you are dropping the ball.’’
Today’s meet is also a fundraiser for Hummer family. Kenzie Hummer, the daughter of coach Doug Hummer and the sister of junior distance runner Caleb Hummer, is battling medulloblastoma, which is a highly malignant primary brain tumor. Meet t-shirts will be sold for $15, with the proceeds helping the family’s medical and travel costs.
“This is a really important day,’’ Leverenz said. “I really want to support Caleb and his family.’’
Second Annual John Eakle Invitational Where -- Wayland-Young Athletic Complex When -- 10 a.m. today Schools -- Champaign Centennial, Chicago Mother McAuley, Chicago Powerhouse Academy, Danville, Evanston, Michigan City (Ind.), St. Anne, Thornton Fractional North and Urbana. Field events -- Pole vault, high jump, shot put, discus, long jump and triple jump. Running events -- 3,200-meter relay, 400 relay, 3,200, 100/110 hurdles, 100, 800, 800 relay, 400, 300 hurdles, 1,600, 200 and 1,600 relay. 2013 state champion -- Danville's Johnny Leverenz (800)