WACO, Texas - Lady Texan freshman sensation Natoya Goule came up just short of taking down Ruth Wysocki's NJCAA 800 meter record set in 1978 Saturday evening at the Michael Johnson Classic held on the campus of Baylor University. Her time of 2 minutes, 2.11 seconds, however, is the fastest time run by a collegian this year and is currently the fifth fastest time in the world.
Goule also broke her own school record by more than 2-seconds in addition to setting a new Hart-Patterson stadium record on a breezy day in Waco.
The Lady Texan long jumpers also set all-time school performances at the Michael Johnson Classic. Keri Emanuel broke Zulaykah Ali's five year old school record in the event with a best leap of 20 feet, 5.25 inches on her third attempt. Erynn Young, who tied Ali's school record only three weeks earlier, also bettered the old mark on her third attempt with a jump of 20-01.00. Emanuel finished third overall in the event, while Young was fifth.
Sparkle McKnight ran a season best time of 57.88 seconds to take top honors in the women's 400 meter hurdles, while Kadian Dunkley continued to run well in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a winning time of 11:23.87.
The Texan and Lady Texan track teams will now enjoy a couple weeks away from competition before returning to action May 7 when they host the Region 5 championships at the South Plains College track and field complex. The region meet will be SPC's final tune-up before attempting to defend both men's and women's outdoor championships May 19-21 in Hutchinson, Kan.