Olympian Natoya Goule, jumper Wasome, winners at Clemson Opener
Jamaican Olympian Natoya Goule and former high school standout O’Brien Wasome, were winners in the 1000metres and long jump respectively, at the Clemson Opener in South Carolina on Saturday.
There was also a win for 2012 CAC Junior shot put champion Ashinia Miller, while 2017 400mh world leader Kyron McMaster, picked up a second place finish in the 500m run.
The 26-year-old Goule, who struggled to break two minutes in the 800 metres last season, won the 1000 metres in 2:47.23. The two-time NCAA 800-metre champion was an easy winner over Clemson senior Dana Maydew, who was almost seven seconds behind in 2:54.15.
Third went to Kamryn McIntosh, who underwent heart surgery in February. She was timed in 2:54.37.
Wasome, the 2017 indoor NCAA triple jump bronze medalist, won the long jump with a mark of 7.82m in his season opener.
Chris McBride, a junior at Clemson, was 32cm behind with a mark of 7.50m while Clemson senior Ishmael Kamara was third with 7.11m.
Miller, a former Calabar High School standout and recent graduate of the University of Georgia, showed signs that his early preparation could bear fruit this season when he won the shot put with a mark of 20.15m.
His closest rival Adrian Piperi, a freshman at Texas, was more than a metre behind, hurling the shot 18.44m for second. Clemson senior Grant Voeks was third with 15.39m.
Meanwhile, McMaster, who had the fastest time in the world for the 400mh in 2017 shook the rust off his talented legs in a run of 1:03.31 for second in the 500m. McMaster, who moved to South Carolina to train with Clemson assistant coach Lennox Graham in the offseason, was beaten by Clemson senior Jeffrey Green who covered the distance in 1:02.53.
Timor Barrett of Johnson C Smith was third in 1:03.40.