MEDFORD, NJ - On June 22nd and 23rd , Alexandra Cassu, a junior at Governor Livingston High School, competed in the heptathlon in Medford, NJ.
The heptathlon is a two-day track and field event consisting of seven separate events. Day one consists of the 100 meter hurdles, shot put, high jump and the 200 meter run. Day two consists of the long jump, javelin throw and 800 meter run. Points are awarded on an internationally recognized standards based scoring system devised by Viennese mathematician Dr. Karl Ulbrich.
Cassu finished with a total of 3245 points which was good enough for 8th place out of 22 starters from the tri-state area. While she did not win any of the individual events, she was competitive in all disciplines. This was the first time that she threw the shot put and javelin in a competition.
The event, run by vertical adventures, included both high school and open divisions for the heptathlon. Also, high school and open divisions for the men’s decathlon. These events gave all athletes a taste of two events that are largely contested in college and at national/international track and field competitions.