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More Outstanding Performances by Saint Lucia Athletes in the Diaspora

Several of Saint Lucia overseas-based athletes performed well at various indoor meets in the United States and further afield this past weekend, (February 12th – 13th).  Leading the charge was the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2016 Olympian, high jumper Jeanelle Scheper who opened her season at the Orlen Cup Łódź in Poland last Friday, clearing 1.84 metres for third place in the women’s high jump.

Female sprinter and Commonwealth Youth Games (Bermuda 2017) and Youth Olympic Games (2018) gold and silver medallist, Julien Alfred representing Texas finished 2nd in Heat No.6 and 11th overall in the 200 metres at the Tyson Invitational running a time of 23.53 seconds.

Image: (L-R) Jeanelle Scheper and Michael Joseph. (Photo: Zimbio/ MA)
(L-R) Jeanelle Scheper and Michael Joseph. (Photo: Zimbio/ MA)

Alfred also made her debut at the mid season Indoor Women’s Bowerman Watchlist. The Bowerman is an annual track and field award, the highest accolade given to the year’s best student-athlete in American Collegiate Track and Field.

Commonwealth Youth Games (Samoa 2015, bronze medallist) in the javelin, Rochelle Etienne of Missouri State was also in action when she competed at the 6th Annual Indoor Gorilla Classic. Etienne finished 13th in the long jump with a leap of 5.03 metres and 10th in the 60 metres hurdles in a time of 9.16 seconds.

Etienne is a former student of St.Joseph’s Convent (SJC) and Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) and a member of Speed Printing Survivors Tack and Field Club.

Reuben Nichols of Lincoln also competed at the Gorilla Classic. He finished 8th dropping under 50 seconds for the first time indoors in the 400 metres running 49.58 seconds. Reuben also aided his team to a second place finish in the 4×400 metres. The team hit the provisional qualifying time running 3 minutes 14.09 seconds.

Image: (L-R) Saint Lucia athletes in the USA, Micky Ferdinand; Kervin Norville; Armani Modeste and Delan Edwin. (Photo: MA)
(L-R) Saint Lucia athletes in the USA, Micky Ferdinand; Kervin Norville; Armani Modeste and Delan Edwin. (Photo: MA)

Delan Edwin of Texas A&M Commerce won Heat No.4 of the 60 metres dash in 6.95 seconds, finishing 8th overall. He also ran 22.69 seconds to finish 2nd in Heat 8 and 26th overall in the 200 metres.

Micky Ferdinand also of Texas A&M Commerce finished 3rd in the men’s high jump, clearing  with 2.05 metres

Kevin Norville competing unattached finished 3rd in the men’s triple  jump with a jump of 14.68 metres.

Former Carifta Games and Elite track and field club athlete, Armani Modeste competing for Lindenwood ran 48.23 seconds finishing 3rd overall in the 400metres with a new personal best. Modeste also hit the Division 2 provisional qualifying mark.

Aasia Laurencin representing the University of Texas ran three individual events at the Tyson Invitational. Laurencin was 21st in the 60 metres in a personal best of 7.91 seconds; 36th overall in the 200 metres in 25.41 seconds and 12th overall in the 60 metres hurdles in 8.43 seconds.

Former Gros Islet Athletics, two time junior calypso monarch, with the stage name Mighty J and student at Kingston College, Jamaica, Michael Joseph competing for Kansas dipped under his personal best mark for the men’s 400 metres at the Iowa State Classic. He stopped the clock in 49.55 seconds, finishing 8th overall, and 4th in Heat No. 2.

Image: (L-R) Tarik Xavier and Zadie Louis. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) Tarik Xavier and Zadie Louis. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

Eldon Phillips of Virginia Tech ran at the Clemson Tiger Paw Invitation finishing 37th in the men’s 400 metres in 49.63 seconds, and 19th in the men’s 800metres in one minute 55.33 seconds.

Former Carifta athlete and middle distance runner, Kamillah Monroque who now attends Coppin State ran the women’s 800 metres, finishing 6th in 2 minutes 16.17 seconds at the NSU Kenny Giles Invitational

Jervonne Agard of Coppin State, finished 32nd in the 60 metres in a time of 7.25 seconds and 19th in the 200 metres in 22.71 seconds at the NSU Kenny Giles Invitational.

Former Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School student and a member of the Pace Setters Track and Field club, Zadie St. Louis competing for Butler Community College opened her indoor season at the Washburn D-1/JUCO Challenge finishing 5th in the women’s 800 metres in a time of 2 minutes 22.58 seconds.

Also in action was middle distance runner, Tarik Xavier of Butler CC, past student of the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School and a member of the Pace Setter Track and Field Club. He competed at the Washburn D-1/JUCO Challenge and finished 20th in the men’s 800 metres in a time of  2 minutes 03.10 seconds.

Anthony De Beauville is The VOICE Publishing Company’s multi-award winning sports journalist. He works closely with a number of sports federations including the Department of Youth Development and Sports, the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and other organizations.

He covers and contributes articles highlighting the areas of international, regional, national, community based clubs and schools sporting activities. There is never an off day as he stays busy... Read full bio...

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