RCI St. Lucia
posted on April 27, 2015 10:59
Saint Lucia's top two female high jumpers competed over the weekend, both facing cold, wet conditions.
At the prestigious Penn Relays, Jeannelle Scheper continued her unbeaten season in the high jump, winning the Championship Division with a mark of 1.86 meters (6-1.25). The senior earned her first career victory at the meet and passed on the final bars as she sets her eyes on the postseason. Teammate Nakita Gray was impressive in her own right, setting a new personal record with a jump of 5-11.75 to tie for the second-best height. She bumps up from third on the program top 10 to a tie for second with Chelsea Hammond.
At the year’s Drake Relays, Levern Spencer was third in the Beijing World Championships Preview event, clearing 1.87m.
The high jump included Americans Chaunte Lowe, Amy Acuff and Sharon Day.
But it was Nigeria’s Doreen Amata who stole the show, just days before her 27th birthday. The 2008 Olympian set a new personal-best height of 1.90m to capture the Drake Relays crown. China’s Asian Games silver medalist, Xingjuan Zheng, took second. Spencer, who cleared the same height as Xingjuan – 1.87m – took third. Lowe, also on 1.87, was fourth.