Veteran high jumper Levern Spencer headlines Saint Lucia’s three-member team to next month’s 14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, which also includes two debutantes.
The global competition will bring together more than 2,500 athletes from approximately 200 countries and regions at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. The meet will be held from August 10-18.
Spencer first competed in the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, clearing 1.84m to finish 12th in her qualifying group. Her best result by height and place was at the 2007 competition when she cleared a national record 1.94m to qualify for the final where her 1.90m effort ranked her 15th.
After a lacklustre 2012, the Central American & Caribbean champion has been in consistent form for much of this year. Her best height of 1.95m places her 10th on the IAAF list for 2013.
Jeannelle Scheper is the world’s leading junior female high jumper, but it appears she may eschew the Pan Am Junior Championships which come less than a week after the World Championships.
Instead, the 19-year-old CARIFTA champion will make her senior debut at the very highest level of international competition, having made the final of last year’s World Junior Championships in Barcelona and setting the Caribbean junior record of 1.92m in her event this season.
The third member of the team is also in the world high jump rankings, at 65. In heptathlon, which she will contest in Moscow, 23-year-old Makeba Alcide has the 24th-best mark in the world and second-best in the Caribbean this year.
In her final year of competition at University of Arkansas, she set an NCAA record in the pentathlon before taking two silver medals at the Indoor and Outdoor National Championships. She holds national records for pentathlon, heptathlon, 60m hurdles and 100m hurdles.
Spencer and Scheper will enter the qualifying round of the high jump on Thursday, August 15. Alcide’s two-day, seven-event competition will run from August 12-13.
The delegation to Moscow will include Henry Bailey as coach, and Saint Lucia Athletics Association (SLAA) president Cornelius Breen, a congress delegate at the 49th annual IAAF Congress.
SLAA secretary Alfred Emmanuel will be vying for the presidency of the North & Central American and Caribbean Athletics Confederation, and IAAF area representative.