Levern Spencer at the XXII CACC Games in Veracruz, Mexico. .
Team Saint Lucia is on the medals table at the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico, and it should come as no surprise that it’s Levern Spencer making history once again.
The 30-year-old World Indoor Championships finalist, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States silver medallist, Commonwealth bronze medallist and Pan American Games Festival champion on Wednesday repeated as CAC Games champion in women’s high jump.
Here’s how it went down at the Estadio Heriberto Jara Corona.
Competition began at 1.60 metres, but Spencer did not enter until the 1.80m mark, which she cleared on the first attempt. By that time, Ashleigh Nalty (Cayman Islands), Diana Gonzalez (Mexico), Lesyani Mayor and Dianellis Dutil (Cuba) had already been knocked out. It would also be the last height for Mexico’s Fabiola Ayala, her season’s best, and bronze medallist Kashani Rios of Panama.
At 1.83m, it was between Antigua-Barbuda’s Priscilla Frederick and Saint Lucia’s Spencer for the title. Frederick, 25, cleared on her first attempt. So did Spencer. But the Caribbean record holder passed on the next height, which would have represented a new personal best for the Antiguan, Frederick missed all three trials at the fifth and final height she attempted, 1.86.
Spencer, an alumna of Entrepot Secondary and University of Georgia, had won her first CAC Games title four years ago with a best height of 1.94m in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. Now she needed ‘just’ 1.89m to reclaim that title. Having sustained a leg injury at her last competition, which was also in Mexico, this would be her last series of the 2014 season.
On her second attempt, the Babonneau native sailed over1.89m to add the 2014 CAC Games title to her 2010 crown, as well as her bronze from Cartagena in 2006.
She is one of just two athletes from Saint Lucia ever to win a gold medal in any sport at the CAC Games, along with pole vaulter Dominic Johnson.