The Leo High School family is proud to salute senior SirLaurence King, who will be remembered as one of the top cross-country runners in school history. SirLaurence achieved All-State recognition with his 12th-place finish in the state meet in Peoria on Nov. 7. He was making his third straight trip to the state meet, and earned all-state distinction by placing in the top 15. One week earlier, SirLaurence qualified for the state meet by placing second in the Lisle Sectional, leading the Lions to a seventh-place finish, the team’s best since 1988. A week before that he was the top finisher at the Kankakee Regional. SirLaurence also placed first among White Division competitors at the Chicago Catholic League meet as Leo claimed the CCL White Division championship.

Fellow seniors Leydell Smith, Harvey Moss and Antione Dunning and juniors Derrick Golden, Kenton Walker and Damone Seals Templeton followed SirLaurence across the finish line and helped Leo earn the division title. SirLaurence is also a standout distance runner on the Leo track team and has been an honor-roll student all four years at Leo, ranking fourth in the senior class. His combination of academic and athletic achievements makes him an attractive recruit for several colleges. His dedication is such that he rises at 5 a.m. every day to run on his own, then trains with the cross country or track teams after school.

“SirLaurence is not only a great competitor but a true team leader whose work ethic and dedication set a great example,” Leo coach Marcus Pass said. “I keep telling the younger guys, somebody is going to have to step up next year and try to provide what SirLaurence has given us. It won’t be easy.” Congratulations to SirLaurence King, a great Leo Man.