Saint Lucia’s Levern Spencer had an amazing day on the opening day of the XXIV Central America & Caribbean Senior Athletics Championships in Michocoan, Mexico.
Having just turned 29 two weeks ago, the Caribbean record-holder in women’s high jump captured her sixth consecutive CAC senior title, set a meet record and made the A qualifying standard in her event for next month’s 14th World Championships in Athletics in Moscow.
Competing against/alongside compatriot Jeannelle Scheper, Spencer cleared a winning height of 1.95m to erase her 2005 meet record of 1.94 from Nassau, Bahamas. On that occasion, she was on her way to her second straight CAC win. Now, she has six such titles to go along with CARIFTA, CAC Junior and CAC Games gold medals, bronze medals at Pan Am Games, the Continental Cup and Commonwealth Games and still going strong.
Spencer had opened this season by clearing 1.93m to make the B standard for next month’s meet at the Luzhniki Stadium. She had, however, been working towards the A standard of 1.95, which she finally got. Getting the A standard was all the more important because Scheper also qualified for Moscow, clearing 1.92m to finish second. The senior-to-be at the University of South Carolina is the reigning CAC Junior champion.
It was an historic day for Scheper, too. A decade younger than Spencer, she reset the Caribbean junior record of 1.91m she set earlier this year. Whereas Spencer leapt back into the world top 10, now standing joint seventh in the world, that one centimetre moved young Scheper from joint 25th to joint 15th in the 2013 rankings.
Between Moscow and the Francophone Games the following month, it will be interesting to see how much more history can be made.