AUSTIN, Texas - Natoya Goule
has made a habit of setting new records in 2011 and on day one of the 84th
running of the Texas Relays she broke both the meet and South Plains College school records on her way to dominating the field in the women's 800 meter run.
Goule quickly took control of the field, covering the first 400 meters in less than 60 seconds. By the time she rounded the final curve to enter the home straightaway it was apparent she would dip under the meet record of 2 minutes, 8.98 seconds in addition to Lisa Forsberg's 2010 school record of 2:08.20. Goule crossed the line with a time of 2:04.40, more than five seconds ahead of the second place finisher.
"It feels great," says Goule. "The breeze was kind of blowing so it held me back. I'm fine with my performance today, and I just want to thank God and my coaches and everybody that has supported me."
Forsberg, the now former school record holder was also in the race, finishing with a fourth place time of 2:12.89.
The Texas Relays will continue Thursday afternoon for South Plains College with the running of the men's and women's 400 meter hurdles, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The women's race will include school and national record holder Janeil Bellille as well as former school record holder Chante'sean White. On the men's side, NJCAA indoor 400 meter national champion Anton Kokorin will make his debut in the event along with teammate Isaiah Gill who will look to improve upon his time of 50.32 seconds run April 2.