With University of Georgia Bulldog legends Herschel Walker and Gwen Torrence in attendance, another Georgia legend, Saint Lucia’s Levern Spencer, turned in a solid performance at the Spec Towns Invitational in Athens on a windy Saturday.
The former Lady Bulldog (Spencer) took over the No. 5 spot on the world’s high jump list for 2016 with her second attempt clearance at 1.92m (6’3.5″). Spencer outlasted compatriot and 2015 NCAA champion, Jeannelle Scheper (1.89m, 6’2.25:) for the overall victory.
Scheper missed twice at 1.75m, cleared 1.80 and 1.83 on her first attempts, then needed all three again at 1.86 and 1.89, eventually missing all three at what would be the winning height. Spencer’s first miss was at 1.92, then she tried 1.99 in a bid to reset a host of records.
Georgia sophomore Mady Fagan shot up 8.5 inches on her 2015 outdoor career best to be the top collegiate finisher. Fagan reached 1.86m for the first time outdoors on her second attempt to be third overall. This moved her up to No. 5 on the school’s all-time top-10 list.
Leontia Kallenou cleared 1.80m for fourth place.