Michael Clevenger, MacArthur, cross country and track
Decatur has had several great distance runners, but none better than Clevenger, who won five individual state titles in his junior and senior seasons at MacArthur in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
Clevenger began high school more interested in playing soccer, and as a freshman won the cross country regional in Champaign before his dad drove him to Mahomet to help the Generals win a soccer regional.
Clevenger placed 63rd at the state cross country meet as a freshman and was 10th in the 3,200 in track, but it was during the summer before his sophomore year that he began training with MacArthur cross country coach Angele Rinchuiso and dedicated himself to being a runner.
Clevenger fell prey to a hot day at state cross country as a sophomore, placing 36th. But that spring, he announced his presence with third-place finishes in both the 1,600 and 3,200.
Beginning with his junior season, Clevenger had a stretch that ranks among the most dominant for a distance runner in state history. He won back-to-back Class 2A state cross country titles, and Class 2A 3,200 titles in track, and took third in the 1,600 as a junior and won it as a senior.
Following his high school career, Clevenger ran cross country and track for the University of Notre Dame, and later Georgetown.