Two-sport athlete Christie Leverette won the heptathlon portion of the Holy Cross Invitational Track and Field Meet over the course of Wednesday and Thursday. Also a member of the CCSU women's basketball team, the freshman gained 10 points for the Blue Devils, which will compete in the rest of the meet on Saturday. Leverette was first or in a tie for first in three out of the seven individual events and recorded 4,682 points to defeat the other 13 competitors.
Leverette led after day one of her first collegiate heptathlon. She finished second in the 100 meter hurdles, crossing the line in 15.64 seconds, and followed that with two first place performances. The high jump and shot put are a part of Leverette's normal meet routine so it was no surprise that she tied for first in the high jump with a height of 1.64 meters and won the shot put, recording a distance of 11.71 meters. She finished off Wednesday with a 27.97 second 200 meter dash to place eighth and tally 633 of her 2,817 first day points.
Day two saw much of the same as Leverette started the day with a third place finish in the long jump. She recorded a distance of 5.29 meters in the event and then threw the javelin 35.66 meters to take her third first place finish of the competition. The heptathlon ended with the 800 meter run, which the Dallas, GA native timed in at 2:34.19 to take fifth.
Leverette's 4,682 points were over 200 points ahead of second place finisher Kathryn Early. The University of New Hampshire student-athlete finished with 4,464 points during the two days of competition.
The Central Connecticut women's track and field team will begin
the rest of the competition at the Holy Cross Invitational Saturday
morning with 10 points.