Louisiana State University (LSU) senior Charlene Lipsey and junior Natoya Goule of Jamaica turned in the NCAA’s two fastest times in the 800m run while making their 2013 debut in the event at this year’s Razorback Invitational held yesterday, at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville.
Goule and Lipsey battled each other from the opening gun, with Goule outlasting Lipsey. Both women set new indoor personal records.
Goule smashed her previous indoor best of 2mins, 5.79secs by more than two seconds with a 2:03.49 run to catapult herself to the top of the NCAA rankings. Lipsey registered 2:03.76 for the No. 2 spot in the NCAA for 2013.
Their performance also ranks No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list in the women’s 800m run.
“We both knew we were going to run fast today. We were ready,” Goule said following the race. “That was a fast race today. We train together every day, so we both know what we’re capable of in that kind of a race. We went out and did exactly what we wanted to do today. I’m glad I get to train with Charlene so we can keep pushing each other.”
Good For Each Other
Both athletes spoke of the impact of their training with each other as a catalyst for such a strong season-opener.
Lipsey has earned three All-America honors during her collegiate career at LSU, including a silver-medal in the 800m final at the NCAA Outdoor Championships a season ago. Goule signed with LSU as the reigning junior college national champion at South Plains College with a PR of 2:01.45 in the event.
“It’s really beneficial for both of us,” Lipsey said of training each day with someone of Goule’s class. “We go into a race like that with a gameplan, and did a pretty good job of executing the race today. We both have strengths and weaknesses, so I think we really help each other out a lot over the course of a race.”
Goule and Lipsey even pulled double duty on yesterday, running for the Lady Tigers on their 4x400m relay team that set a new season best in a fourth-place finish.
Lipsey split 54.51secs on the second leg before Goule anchored with a 52.41 split as they teamed with senior Siedda Herbert (55.29) and sophomore Montenae Roye-Speight (54.24).
“It really helps us with our speed work,” Goule said of the experience running a leg on the 4x400 relay. “I’m also happy to help our team in any way that I can. If that means they need me to run a leg for the relay, I’ll do it. It’s just another way I can improve myself for the 800.”