Scheper qualifies for Beijing!

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Scheper qualifies for Beijing!
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Saint Lucia’s University of South Carolina senior sensation, Jeannelle Scheper, has further extended her legacy as the finest jumper in Gamecocks history, with a record-setting performance at the 77th Florida Relays.

Competing Friday night at James G. Pressly Stadium’s Percy Beard Track in Gainesville, Florida, the 21-year-old St Joseph’s Convent alumna (22 in November) once again reset her school’s record books.

Scheper came into the weekend leading the National Collegiate Athletics Association Division 1, and fourth in the world in women’s high jump, matching her school record with a mark of 1.91m two weeks ago.

Unusually, she started jumping with everyone else at the opening height, 1.73m, which she sailed over. She had fist-time clearances at 1.78, 1.82 and 1.85, the final height for Maryland’s Thea Lafond.

Saint Lucia’s Scheper and Lafond, a Dominican, were joined in the competition by a third Caribbean woman, Jamaica’s Saniel Atkinson-Grier, who finished fourth, going out at 1.82m.

At 1.88, Scheper again cleared at the first attempt, whilst her Dominican counterpart failed on all three tries. The CARIFTA record holder moved the bar to 1.92m, to match her personal best.

She again cleared it on the first trial, tying the mark she had set herself in capturing Central American and Caribbean Track and Field Championships silver in Morelia, just under 18 months ago.

And it was the same story at 1.95 (6’4.75″) – a first time clearance, adding an inch and a half to her Gamecocks record and pushing her to the second-best mark in the world for 2015.

High jump and pole vault are unique, the only events that almost inevitably end in failure, and Jeannelle’s success came to an end after seven clearances, missing out on matching Levern Spencer’s National Record of 1.98m.

With the new personal-best height, Scheper has punched her ticket to the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, where she will join Spencer, the only other qualifier so far.

This will be Scheper’s second time at the World Championships, but her more immediate goals will include preparing for an assault on the NCAA title. She would be the first Saint Lucian to achieve that feat.

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  1. Lets go lucia we want to be on the map for something good so mr race we dont want raceism we already have enough violence

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  2. levern Spencer has put St Lucia on the map for high jump. We need to always remember that and continue to show her the respect she has so rightfully earned. Both athletes will represent St Lucia at the games so let us encourage them both. Levern you have inspired Jay and from the Scheper family we cheer you on. God bless always. Let's support them both!

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  3. I can't believe that we would waste our time trying to drive a wedge between two St.Lucian athletes who will both be representing us @ the world championships later this year.No wonder we continue to remain in the mess that we are in,in this country.Rather than cheering them both on we see nothing better but to play the race card.Jamaica will always be the success that it is and we ask ourselves why can't we? We are the reasons for it.

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  4. well done my love......Show them what you can do and put Lerven Spencer to shame.....I see an Olympic gold medal

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  5. Stop hating and she got no special training she trained like everybody else at Marchand ground with Mr Modest

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  6. Ever notice it's a certain skin color associated with certain sports in St Lucia ? Although they might be mixed but it's always the light complextion kids in swimming , Is it the chlorine in the water ?

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    • Maybe the same way the sun burning all the runners and making them so dark. Anyway I will stop stooping to your level and let you know she is a high jumper. Don't worry Jeannelle another hater. As Lucian said all the positive St. Lucians are supporting you, no matter how light or dark you are. And one more thing you are damn good looking with your own hair so even more haters.

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    • Race you're an idiot, this is high jump not swimming I fail to see the relevance of your statement. People come in all different colours, whats really significant is that she is a ST.LUCIAN.

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