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Goule, Elliot set to shine at Clemson

Published:Friday | January 2, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Natoya Goule.
Samantha Elliot
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Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans Natoya Goule and Samantha Elliot are expected to shine for South Carolina-based Clemson University in the upcoming season.

Both athletes will be eligible to represent their new school after success at their former institutions.

The Clemson University teams track and field programme is under the guidance of Jamaican Mark Elliot, now in his second year at the institution.

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Elliot moved to Clemson after being assistant coach at Louisiana State University (LSU) for 20 years. At LSU, coach Elliot was in charge of the middle and long distance programme and was also influential in getting several top Jamaican athletes to enrol in that institution.

Samantha Elliot is expected to continue her good stint at the college level after three excellent years of competition at Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina, where she was guided by Jamaican Lennox Graham. She was three-time National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) champion, winning the Intermediate hurdles twice and the sprint hurdles once. She was also Penn Relays Champion of America collegiate 400 metres hurdles champion twice, in 2013 and 2014.NCAA 800m titles

Goule was guided by Mark Elliot to NCAA indoor and outdoor 800m titles in 2013 while at LSU and after making the move with Elliot at Clemson she had to sit out a year of competition. However, this did not stop her progress as she picked up her second National 800m senior title and represented the country at the 2013 World Championships.Coach Elliot is looking forward to the upcoming season.

With the proven athletes we have added, we believe they will help us to get back to the level where our Womens team was prior to a year ago when we had all those departures, Elliot told the Clemson University website.