GOLD COAST, Australia. – Clemson track & field volunteer assistant coaches Natoya Goule and Danielle Williams both medaled at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Friday at the Carrara Track Stadium. Williams, who competed under the direction of current Clemson hurdles coach Lennox Graham at Johnson C. Smith, claimed the silver medal in the women’s 100m hurdles after crossing the finish line in 12.78 seconds. Former Clemson 800m standout Goule took home the bronze medal in Friday’s finals after recording a career best time of 1:58.82.
“This is a great achievement for both ladies and their country [Jamaica],” said Clemson head coach Mark Elliott.
Williams finished behind only Nigerian’s Oluwatobiloba Amusan, who was the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships runner up in the 100m hurdles while at UTEP. Williams grazed the first two barriers, but Williams and Amusan were separated from the rest of the pack at the finish.
Here's a look at Clemson T&F Volunteer Assistant Coach Danielle Williams in the 100mH at the @GC2018. Williams took home the silver Friday with a time of 12.78 seconds.#ClemsonTrackXC🐅🐾 pic.twitter.com/XXD6YpKHcj— Clemson Track & Field (@ClemsonTrackXC) April 13, 2018
Goule, who owns both the indoor and outdoor 800m Clemson program records put herself in a category with two renowned Olympians in South Africa’s Caster Semenya, who owns two women’s 800m Olympic gold medals (2012, 2016), and Nigerian’s Margaret Wambui who placed third in the event at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Goule ran 1:59.86 in the 800m at the Clemson Invitational this past January.