Goule starts season on winning note
Natoya Goule, the Commonwealth Games 800m bronze medal winner, launched her 2019 season with a win at the weekend. Running indoors at the Clemson Invitational in South Carolina, Goule romped to victory over 600m. The weekend also saw promising results for world under 20 record holder Damion Thomas and triple jumpers Clive Pullen and O'Brien Waysome.
Goule, who lowered both the indoor and outdoor national 800m records last year, won impressively in 1:26.34 minutes.
Thomas, who set a world 110m hurdles record of 12.99 seconds in Kingston in June, made it two wins in two starts. Racing in Lubbock, on the campus of Texas Tech University, Thomas first matched his winning time of the previous week in Birmingham, Alabama with a heat time of 7.85 seconds in the 60m hurdles. In the final, the Louisiana State University sophomore clocked to victory in 7.66 seconds.
2016 Olympian Pullen bounced his season off with a distance of 16.43m in the Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Virginia with former Cornwall College athlete Odaine Lewis and Waysome brightening the national triple jump picture. Representing the host Texas Tech in Lubbock, Lewis spanned a personal best 16.44m, with Waysome covering 16.07 metres in the same Clemson meet where Goule won.
Former Jamaica College captain Waysome, who also was in the long jump, is the reigning NCAA Indoor triple jump champion. Last year, he became the athlete from the University of Texas last year to triumph in the three bounce discipline.
Waysome's old JC teammate Clayton Brown, now at the University of Florida, cleared 2.18 metres for the runner-up spot in the high jump.
Also in Lubbock, Barbadian sprint hope Mario Burke took the 60m in 6.62 seconds. Burke, the World under 20 100m bronze medallist in 2016, trains at the University of Houston where the coaches include US sprint greats Leroy Burrell and Carl Lewis.
The Clemson meet also saw St Lucia's Commonwealth high jump champion Levern Spencer clear 1.91m 17 years after she was a finalist in the same event at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Jamaica. Fans at Clemson also witnessed Jamaica's Chanice Porter placing first in the long jump. Porter, a star at Manchester High where she was 2011 World Under 18 champion, and at the University of Georgia where she was 2016 NCAA champion, marked the 2018 register with a modest distance of 6.19m.