LUBBOCK, Texas - Natoya Goule and Jura Levy had record setting days in their respective events and helped lead the South Plains College Lady Texans to another NJCAA national championship this weekend at the Texas Tech athletic training center. The Lady Texans racked up a score of 180.50 points over the two day meet. Their nearest challenger scored only 88. The Texans finished second overall in the men's competition with a total team score of 136 points. The Texans and Lady Texans combined for 11 titles and 20 all-American honors.
Goule began the day by dominating her first event, the women's 600 meter dash, by setting a new meet and national record with a time of 1 minute, 26.90 seconds to break the previous mark by over a second. The event proved to be prosperous as the Lady Texans earned 20 with Sparkle McKnight (1:33.60) finishing third and Shana-Gaye Tracey (1:34.26) crossing fourth. Goule later broke the championship meet record in the 800 meter run when she posted a season best time of 2:05.79, defeating her nearest competitor by nearly nine seconds.
Levy ran away from the field in both the women's 55 and 200 meter dashes, breaking her own school record in both and setting the meet record in the 200 with a blazing fast time of 23.10 seconds. Janelle Redhead (23.69) finished second in the event to earn all-American honors and McKnight (24.74) was sixth.
In the 55 meter dash, Levy's time of 6.81 seconds scorched the field.
Janeil Bellille's time of 7.79 seconds was good enough to earn all-American status as she was the second competitor to cross the line in the 55 meter hurdles and was a season best, breaking the school record she previously set on February 5.
Rondell Bartholomew was the lone Texan to set a school mark when he claimed the 200 meter dash record all for himself in the preliminary round with a time of 20.87 seconds. Bartholomew had shared the record with Isaiah Gill.
Lisa Forsberg claimed a national championship in the women's mile when she pulled away from the field late in the race and finished with a time of 5:12.71. Teammate Kadian Dunkley (5:17.37) finished fourth.
Forsberg (3:01.66) later claimed runner-up honors in the 1,000 meter run.
Janelle Redhead (54.90) led a charge that garnered the Lady Texans 19 points from the women's 400 meter dash when she crossed the line first. Bellille (55.49) and Amoy Blake (56.79) finished third and sixth.
The quartet of Tracey, Levy, McKnight, and Goule dominated the women's 4x400 meter relay, finishing in 3:39.72. The time barely missed breaking the meet record of 3:39.68 set in 2004.
Bartholomew (1:18.10) was the first to claim a championship on the men's side when he finished first overall in the 600 meter dash. Bartholomew would return later to claim second place in the men's 200 meter dash 21.06 when he was nipped at the line.
Anton Kokorin led a 1-2-3 sweep of the men's 400 meter dash. Kokorin took control of the race early and held off a late charge from teammate Isaiah Gill, finishing in 46.78 seconds. Gill crossed the line with a time of 46.95 seconds and Bralon Taplin (47.63) was third.
Along with Bartholomew, the trio from the men's 400 returned to easily take the title in the 4x400 meter relay in 3:10.13.
Stephen Emere claimed the only field event title for South Plains College when he leaped a season best distance of 52-10.25 in the triple jump. Ronson Small (50-08.25) and Anthony May (49-11.00) were fourth and sixth, respectively.
Other notable Texan and Lady Texan performances include Chasity Mims (5-05.00) finishing in a tie for third in the high jump while teammates Kristian Spencer (5-03.00) and Erynn Young tied for fifth; the men's 4x800 (7:56.85) relay team finished third; Stormy Smothers (4373) rallied in the men's heptathlon to finish fifth; Kemoy Campbell (4:11.72) ran a season best time to finish third in the mile; and John Thomas (21.34) was third overall in the 200 meter dash.
The Texans and Lady Texans will enjoy a little break before beginning their outdoor season March 26 in El Paso.