Levern Spencer is on top of the world. The 31-year-old (32 in June) jump-started the 2016 indoor track and field season over the weekend, with competition at two meets in the United States.
A two-time Olympian, Levern is preparing to represent Saint Lucia once again at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
On Friday and Saturday, she took part in competitions at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB). First up was the UAB Blazer Invitational, where she cleared 1.86m to win her first indoor meet since 2014.
During that year, Levern made the World Indoor Championships final, on the way to which she set the facility record of 1.91m at the Birmingham Arena.
The opening meet saw Levern defeating a field that primarily comprised collegians. The next day, Saturday, she was at at again for the UAB Vulcan Invitational, going up against the likes of American record holder, Chaunte Lowe.
This time, Levern and Lowe reset the facility record by clearing 1.92m (6’3.5″), the top mark in the world so far for 2016. The CARICOM record holder, though, was the victor, with University of Georgia junior Leontia Kallenou finishing third overall.
Levern ended 2015 in the Track & Field News top 10 for her event, the only woman from outside of Europe so recognised.