KINGSTON, Jamaica - Natoya Goule turned in a personal best performance of 2 minutes 1.45 seconds on Saturday afternoon in finishing second overall in the women's 800 meter run at the Jamaican Track and Field Championships. Goule finished just behind Kenia Sinclair, a 2008 Olympic finalist and 2006 World Championship Silver medalist in the event.
Goule's time, however, is just short of the World Championship ‘B' standard of 2:01.30.
Although she ran in the semi-finals of the 400 meter dash less than an hour before the final of the 800 meters, she made no excuses when speaking to the Jamaican Gleaner.
"I am not blaming it on the 400m, because 45 minutes was a good time for me to get back," she explained to the Gleaner. "So I am not going to say it was the 400m, I just believe this is the time I was supposed to run today."
Goule is confident she has what it takes to attain the time necessary to compete at the IAAF World Championships when she competes at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships scheduled for July 15-17 in Puerto Rico.
"If I go to the CAC I know I will make the time as there are two girls, one from Cuba and one from Columbia who I know will push me, so that will help me to run a better time and even run the time I want to run which is 1:59."
The summer season is a continuation of what has been a very successful first season at South Plains College. During the 2011 indoor and outdoor seasons Goule won an astounding four NJCAA individual national titles in addition to running on both indoor and outdoor championship 4x400 meter relay teams. Along with teammate Jura Levy, who recently qualified for the Jamaican team in the 100 meters, Goule was named co-Track Athlete of the meet indoor and outdoor.Goule was also the runner-up at the 2010 NJCAA cross country championships