Jeannelle Scheper started jumping after nearly everyone else was done, and she matched her fourth-best clearance ever.
Saint Lucia’s first qualifier for the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, Scheper was competing for her University of South Carolina Gamecocks at the Bill Carson Invitational in Greenville, and she was riding a hot streak.
Not yet 21, the USC senior set a new career-best mark of 1.95m last weekend at Florida Relays. On that occasion, the mathematics major came within an inch of the Saint Lucia national record for women’s high jump. That mark just happens to be the record for the English-speaking Caribbean as well.
Scheper also had the top two best heights in Division 1 of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) coming into this weekend, ahead of 2014 NCAA champion Leontia Kallenou of Georgia. Those heights, 1.95m and 1.91m, were her best and third-best marks of all time.
And now the St Joseph’s Convent alumna owns three of the top four heights for the season, after clearing 1.90 at East Carolina University in Greenville (confusing located in North Carolina).
Scheper won the high jump for the fourth consecutive weekend, besting teammate Nakita Gray by six inches.
The Commonwealth Games fourth-place finisher from Saint Lucia had a first-time clearance at 1.75, the last height Gray cleared. She moved the bar to 1.80m and cleared that on her second try. And then she cleared 1.90m on her third trial. She did not attempt a further bar.
Scheper was one of 14 winners for South Carolina as the Gamecocks earned the team title on Saturday. It was the women’s first team victory of the season. The NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Championships are 10-13 June in Oregon. No Saint Lucian has ever won an NCAA Division 1 title.