BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Senior sprinter and jumper Alexandra "Alex" Cassu is another athlete that was anticipated to be a team leader and multi-event scorer this spring for the Gov. Livingston Track and Field girls team.
"The 2019 sectionals bears this out," said Gov. Livingston Coach Hubert. "She can be a significant scorer in all jumps: high, long and triple. As a hurdler, she could be ranked with the best that GL had offered since the genesis of Girl's track. She is a talented athlete who is willing to place the team first. Alexandra's work ethic and desire set her apart. I believe she has a realistic shot at competing on the next level."
Coach Rochdi said Cassu was a Group qualifier in the winter in over three events. "Alex provided tremendous senior leadership, confidence, and assertiveness to help lead the team. She was amazing to coach and will make a positive impact in any organization/opportunity she is given in the future."
Coach Guyton agrees that Cassu was the leader of the girls' team, next to Victoria Vanriele. "She came on strong at the end of winter qualifying for Groups and was primed for an impressive Senior season. Alex is so athletic and talented that she creates a problem for the coaches in that she can only compete in four events at a meet, but she is our best or one of best kids in both hurdle races, long jump, high jump, triple jump, sprints, relays…it is a good coaching problem to have."
"I am sure the cancellation of spring season is a huge disappointment for Alex, but I also know what a positive person she is and how her GL Track & Field experience will always be a source of confidence and strength for her," said Guyton.
Cassu was a four-year three season varsity letter recipient in Cross County, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field. Below are Cassu's high school personal records in each event according to Milesplit.com
- Outdoor: High Jump4-8; Javelin54-4; Long Jump16-5; Shot Put 20-9; Triple Jump 31-5.75; Heptathlon 3245; 100 Meter Hurdles16.53; 200 Meter Dash 28.81; 400 Meter Hurdles 1:10.63; 800 Meter Run 2:44.00;
- Indoor: High Jump 5-0; Long Jump 14-11; 55 Meter Dash 7.84; 55 Meter Hurdles 9.08; 400 Meter Dash 1:05.57;
- CC: 3200 Meter Run 14:39.34; 5000 Meter Run 22:14.00; 5,150 Meter Run 22:52.00
Cassu was part of the 2019 Indoor Union County Sprint Medley champion team of Victoria Pantina, Samantha Erickson and Victoria Vanriele. Their winning time of 4:13.63 broke the school record, and ranked them NJ #2 and US #7 fastest time for the season.
"I am proud to wear it [the GL uniform] and show off how talented our school is when we all push ourselves and each other during every race, especially how great we work together in relays," said Cassu.
TAPinto: What is your favorite youth highlight?
Alexandra: I used to love racing everyone I knew in elementary school, it was a fun game.
TAPinto: What is your favorite High School Highlight in the sport?
Alexandra: After going to meet of champs and getting to stop at a Friendly's on the bus ride home to celebrate.
TAPinto: How are you doing during this period of isolation?
Alexandra: It’s tough but I still am trying my best to keep in shape and go out on runs.
TAPinto: What will the first thing you do once restrictions are lifted?
Alexandra: I would love to meet up with some of my teammates and go to the track to have a fun last practice before we graduate.
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