LOUISIANA State University (LSU) head coach Mark Elliott has expressed satisfaction with the individual performances of his cross country girls, which include Jamaican Natoya Goule, after a seventh-placed team finish at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Cross Country Championships at the Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tennessee.
Twenty-one-year-old Goule placed 24th in the women's 6.05k race in 21 minutes 24.46 seconds. The former Manchester High student was beaten by only one of her LSU teammates, senior Laura Carleton, who finished 12th in 21:02.22.
Commenting on last weekend's event, Elliott said: "We are a little disappointed with the team finish for the girls. It was not what we wanted. I am not disappointed in the individual performances and effort."
University of Florida, led by Florence Ngetich, who was second in 20:27, won the team competition ahead of University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, host school Vanderbilt, University of Mississippi, University of Kentucky and University of Georgia.
Kentucky's Cally Macumber won the event in 20:23, with teammate Chelsea Oswald placing third in 20:35.
Goule, the CAC 800m silver medallist and national runner-up in 2011, has so far run four cross country meets for the LSU Tigers.
She is expected to next compete at the NCAA Division I Southeast Region Cross Country Championships on November 9 at the McAlpine Greek Park in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships is set for Louisville, Kentucky on November 17 at EP 'Tom' Sawyer State Park.