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(SNO) – Levern Spencer dropped in to Saint Lucia over the weekend to compete in the National Individual Track and Field Championships at the George Odlum Stadium.
The last time the Pan Am Games and Commonwealth Games champion took part in National Championships, June 2016, she set a stadium record of 1.94m in her pet event. This time around, forced to operate from an abbreviated approach due to the position of the mat, she could mange just 1.91, before attempting 1.95m for what would have been a new record.
Spencer was an inspiration to the group of young jumpers who competed against her, none older than 15 years old. She took time out to offer tips on technique and to encourage the up-and-coming stars, two of whom achieved new personal best marks.
But Spencer was not the only big name on show over the weekend. Lenyn Leonce, a 2009 CARIFTA champion in boys long jump and a Wyoming graduate, defeated Morne Stars teammate Desran Desir for the title in that event. Desran is presently on scholarship at Cal State Fullerton.
Kevin ‘Pato’ Noville, a student at Washburn University, won the men’s triple jump.
Also winning in the men’s 800m was Michael James, a national record holder and a Coppin State University alumnus, got the better of recent Holy Family University graduand, Taurai Agustin.
In the boys event, the Kingston College trio of Rueben Nichols, Tyrese Paul and Michael Joseph all put in an appearance, but could not top the medal rostrum. Likewise, Talberc Poleon of Texas A&M Commerce.
Kimani Alphonse of Pacesetters was a double champion in a lightly contested women’s 200m and 400m, whilst Mecheala Hyacinth of Blazers won the women’s 100m.
Regrettably, former IAAF World Championships and World Indoor Championships and OECS record holder, Makeba Alcide, was able to compete only in the women’s javelin throw. Competing for Survivors, she finished second to Shamalyn Albert of Morne Stars.
Four-time Club Relays champions Morne Stars Athletics Club won the men’s and women’s 4x100m relays.