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April 26, 2011

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By Miquel Jacobs
Media Relations Assistant

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica. – South Carolina freshman high jumper Jeannelle Scheper earned bronze medal honors for the second consecutive year after her performance Monday at the 40th edition of the Caribbean Junior Championships, known as the CARIFTA Games, that were held at the Montego Bay Sports Complex at Catherine Hall Stadium.

Scheper placed third overall in the under-20 high jump with a mark of 5’7 (1.70m), making her the highest placing and only medaling female athlete for St. Lucia at the 2011 CARIFTA Games in any event. She has already qualified for the upcoming IAAF World Youth Championships that will be held July 6-10 in Lille, France. Scheper is the only St. Lucian athlete – male or female – to qualify in any event for the World Youth Championships so far this year.

Twenty-five Caribbean Island countries took part in the 2011 CARIFTA Games that spread over three days of the Easter weekend. St. Lucia ended the competition with four medals – three from the men and Scheper for the women.

Scheper will rejoin the Gamecocks when they travel to the prestigious Penn Relays Carnival that is being held April 28-30 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.