LEVELLAND, Texas - Freshman sensation Natoya Goule broke the NJCAA national record in the 1,000 meter run - her third NJCAA record of the year - and South Plains College athletes continued their dominance in their final meet before next month's NJCAA championships by breaking five school records and taking 16 individual titles at the Texas Tech athletic training center.
Goule, a freshman from Jamaica, bolted to the lead in the women's 1,000 meter run and never looked back as she dominated the field by nearly 11 seconds. Goule's time of 2 minutes, 44.73 seconds broke the 20 year old record previously held by Inez Turner by 4.47 seconds. Lisa Forsberg (2:55.30) was second in the race in a personal best time.
Sophomore Anton Kokorin came within .09 seconds of breaking a long standing record in the men's 600 meter dash. Kokorin battled with former Texan Renny Quow over the final 200 meters and held on to defeat Quow with a school record time of 1:17.28.
Only two weeks ago on this track sophomore Isaiah Gill set the school record in the men's 200 meter dash. Tonight, Gill had teammate Rondell Bartholomew to reckon with and the two crossed neck the line with identical times of 21.03 seconds to become co-record holders in the event.
Niko Williams-Richey toyed with the school record in the men's 55 meter dash when he finished with a time of 6.37 seconds on January 22. Williams-Richey became the record holder tonight when he topped the previous best time of 6.36 seconds, crossing the line in 6.35 seconds.
Competing in his first heptathlon of the 2011 indoor season, Stormy Smothers two day score of 4,845 points easily bested Jordan Coffman's 2009 score of 4,625 points. Smothers began competing Thursday with the 55 dash (7.01), long jump (20-10.50), shot put (36-11) and high jump (6-03.25). He finished on Friday morning with the 55 hurdles (8.20), pole vault (12-11), and 1,000 meter run (2:45.77).
Janelle Redhead nearly regained her school record in the women's 400 meter dash when she defeated a strong field in 53.50 seconds. On January 15, Redhead set the standard in the event with a time of 55.20 seconds which was later broke by Goule's 53.27 second effort on February 5.
South Plains College athletes took the top four spots in the men's 800 meter run, with all finishing in personal best times. Shevaun Marsh (1:54.49) led the way, while Roblet Muhudin (1:54.92), Julian Parker (1:55.14), and Kourt'ney Payne (1:55.38) completed the Texan sweep.
In other running action, Kemoy Campbell (2:28.65) held off his opponents in the men's 1,000 meter run; Isacc Placencia (4:28.55) won the men's mile in a season best time; and SPC distance runner Kadian Dunkley (10:49.57) and Jonathan Lira ran away from the field in the women's and men's 3,000 meter run.
In the women's triple jump, Emanuel again finished second, this time behind teammate Victoria Flemons. Flemons had a season best leap of 40-04.00, while Emanuel's best jump was 39-01.00. Samantha Cooper (36-07.00) finished third.
Ronson Small dominated a small field in the men's triple jump with a season best of 49-08.50.
Anthony May won the high jump by clearing 6-11.75 on his first attempt. May set the school record in the event last week at the Tyson Invitational when he cleared 7-00.50. As the last person remaining in the competition, May elected to move the bar to a new school record height of 7-02.75 but was unable to make the clearance.
The Texans and Lady Texans will have two weeks to rest and prepare for the NJCAA national championships held March 4-5 at the Texas Tech athletic training center. South Plains College swept both men's and women's team titles the last time they competed at the indoor championships in 2009.