“I like pushing myself to see what I can do when I run by myself,’’ he said. “I also like have competition around me, so that I can see how long I can hold up, but I think I will fare well next week.
“Mentally, running by yourself is tough, you want to slow down, but you have to push yourself to hold onto your pace. I’m just trying to get the best time that I can get in every race.’’
Leverenz believes that he will be at his full potential next week as he started the tampering process this week.
“I wasn’t in very much pain at all during that race,’’ he said. “And, it was easier for me to hold onto my pace.’’
While Leverenz will be going after a second straight all-state performance next week in the boys race, Danville sophomore Sadie Elliott will be looking to repeat her all-state performance from a year ago as well.
Elliott, who won both the regional and sectional meets a year ago, was 10th on Saturday with a time of 18:38, which was good enough to qualify her for the state meet.
“I was so very excited to see my excited to see my name on the results for getting to state, I just freaked out,’’ Elliott said. “I came into the race having some serious doubts about making it back there this year. My season hasn’t gone the way that I wanted it be.’’
Orvis pointed out that it was probably Elliott’s best race of this season.
“It also wasn’t that far off her winning sectional time from last year,’’ Orvis said. “The pace was just a little different this season. She needed a confidence builder and hopefully, she can build on this one for next week.’’