Student Athlete of the Week: St. Stanislaus’ Keegan Leverett
Straight off the bus from a day at the Hancock Youth Leadership Academy to sitting down for a TV interview to soccer practice, senior Keegan Leverett never slows down. Then again, if he did, Leverett wouldn’t be a three-time cross country state champion.
With a resume that includes three straight individual cross country state titles, an All-State selection, and a St. Stanislaus 5K school record, senior Keegan Leverett’s shining moment was pacing SSC to a 2021 state runner-up finish, the first time Stanislaus has placed above third in the last five years. “The second place honestly felt better than the first not because I didn’t appreciate it, but because I have gotten first place obviously and just every year, I’ve gotten third place in cross country. That was the first time I got second and that was good as a team win.”
Leadership is a passion for the cross-country team captain and future West Point cadet hopeful. On teams and in the classroom, Leverett has himself as a leader of few words and more action. “I’m more of the not going to tell you what to do but just set an example. I feel like you set that standard, they’ll follow.”
Those who follow Leverett’s example are following a formula to success that the runner says hinges on consistency. “Even if it’s not perfect as long as you keep doing what you’re doing and create a routine, it’s going to work eventually once you perfect it.”
From one state championship to defending another, Leverett is back on the soccer field to help the Rock-a-Chaws to their third consecutive class 4A state championship. “Everything here is just with the brotherhood– I just can’t think of anywhere else to find it, so I think that’s definitely where I found most of my talents was through my friends.”
Although the senior already has numerous accomplishments under his belt as a Rock-a-Chaw, Leverett still has unfinished business. “I’ve got some records left up on that board I still need to break. That’s my main goal for now. Other than that, just win a team championship in soccer and win my individual championships in track. And in school, just keep doing what I’m doing and keep my good grades up and what not.”
Leverett will make his debut on the soccer field this season tomorrow night at Biloxi.
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