No other high school in Illinois can match Leo’s seven state championships in track and field. Six of them have come under Hall of Fame Coach Ed Adams.
And no track athlete can match the achievements of Ryan Shields ‘02, who pulled off an unprecedented sweep of the 100, 200 and 400 meter races at the state meet from 2000-2002. Shields later competed for the Jamaican Olympic team, whose members include world-record holder Usain Bolt and some of the most accomplished sprinters in the world.
Coach Adams was back at it in 2018, leading the Lions to the 16th sectional championship in school history. They have also received 13 Scholar-Athlete Awards from the IHSA for compiling a team GPA above 3.0 Of the 10 individuals who qualified for this year’s state meet, eight are underclassmen, so the Lions should be string for years to come. Junior Devin Flakes (triple jump) and senior Vidal Cargo (high jump) placed fourth in the state in their respective events.