banner
Duke

T&F: Beach earns second National Heptathlon title

Posted March 16, 2014

Duke Logo

Redshirt senior Curtis Beach, competing in front of a hometown crowd in Albuquerque, N.M., secured his second NCAA Division I Indoor Championships heptathlon title Saturday afternoon, winning the event after amassing a conference record, school record and personal-best total of 6,190 points.

“All 40 or 50 family members and friends came down from the stands and I was hugging everybody,” Beach said. “I think what makes it the best is everybody’s here. It’s my hometown. The same people that were coaching me and supporting me when I was eight are the same ones that are here supporting me at the NCAA Championships. It’s kind of crazy it came full circle. I think no matter if I placed first, second or third, it was still pretty memorable. I’m just happy to have my coaches here who supported me so much, as well as my family and friends, especially in Albuquerque. I’m just soaking up the experience. All I wanted to do was come out and perform my best, and as long as I did that, I’d be happy and satisfied. The fact that my best ended up being an NCAA championship just makes it that much greater.”

Entering the competition in third-place following a personal-best first-day score of 3,310, Beach lost no time in setting the tone for the day, winning his heat in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 8.12. The effort moved Beach into second, just 16 points behind the leader with two events remaining.

Beach entered the pole vault, the penultimate event of the heptathlon, at 14-7.25 (4.45). After clearing the height on his second attempt, Beach saw clearances at 14-11.00 (4.55) and 15-3.00 (4.65), both on his first attempt. After a successful clearance at 15-7.00 (4.75) on his third attempt, Beach moved beyond 15-11.00 (4.85), 16-2.75 (4.95) and 16-6.75 (5.05), all on first attempts. With three missed attempts at 16-10.75 (5.15), Beach concluded pole vault competition by improving on his previous indoor personal-best.

Although Beach saw a personal-best pole vault mark fall, numerous competitors posted unbelievable efforts in the event, including an American heptathlon record in the competition at a height of 17-2.75 (5.25). With one event remaining, the 1,000m run, Beach found himself in fourth place, sitting less than 30 points back from first.

For many competitors, the final event of a seven-event competition, especially an event that requires participants to cover a distance of 1,000m, can seem like a daunting task. For Beach, the 1,000 provides an opportunity for him to shine. As Beach has done in the past, he took a commanding lead over his competitors in the final event and finished well ahead of the field, finishing in a time of 2:28.76 and securing his second national indoor championships title.

“He’s a veteran, so he’s been through this before,” Duke Associate Track and Field Head Coach Shawn Wilbourn said. “I think the biggest thing was knowing that he didn’t have to have these miraculous performances in every event. He just had to be steady. That’s pretty much what he was. Yeah, he had a few personal records, but he was consistent and he was steady. I knew as a coach that it would be motivating for him and it would be a big motivational boost for him to compete in front of a home crowd. The great thing for me as a coach is to know that he executed the plan that we discussed and he achieved the goals that he had set for himself. Everything just came together.”

Beach concludes his indoor collegiate career with two national titles and four appearances at the national championships meet. In addition to earning two First Team All-America honors, Beach also garnered a Second Team All-America award. At the conference level, Beach won two ACC titles in the heptathlon, securing Indoor All-ACC recognition in both instances. Beach also excelled in the classroom over his indoor career, being named to the Academic All-ACC team three times and earning an ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year award.

In addition to Beach, redshirt sophomore Karli Johonnot also participated in the national championships, placing 14th in the high jump with a clearance at 5-10.00 (1.78). Johonnot cleared two bars in her first national competition, opening at 5-8.00 (1.73) before posting a height of 5-10.00 (1.78). Johonnot cleared both on second attempts.

“[Johonnot] competed well,” Wilbourn said. “It’s tough competing for the first time [at the national championships]. Being a first time competitor at the NCAAs, you feel the pressure and you don’t do as well, but [Johonnot] came in and did very well to jump 1.78 as a multi-event athlete with the pure high jumpers. I was very happy with the way she competed clearing the two bars.”

The outdoor season for the Blue Devils begins Friday, March 21 at the Carolina Relays in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • Hoops Headquarters: Run for Redemption

    Friday at 7:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Premier League Soccer: Southampton vs. Bournemouth

    Saturday at 12:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Golf: Shell Houston Open

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • World Figure Skating Championships

    Saturday at 8:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NHL: Boston @ Chicago

    Sunday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASL: NCFC at San Francisco

    Saturday, Apr. 8 at 10:00 pm on WRAL-2

  • NASL: NCFC vs. Edmonton

    Saturday, Apr. 15 at 7:30 pm on WRAL-2

  • NASL: NCFC @ Miami

    Saturday, Apr. 22 at 7:30 pm on WRAL-2

  • NHL: Canes v. Columbus

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NASL: NCFC at San Francisco

    Saturday, Apr. 8 at 10:00 pm

  • NASL: NCFC vs. Edmonton

    Saturday, Apr. 15 at 7:30 pm

  • NASL: NCFC at Miami

    Saturday, Apr. 22 at 7:30 pm

NBA Scoreboard
Oklahoma City 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 MST6:00 EST3:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 CTNaN:�
Preview
Orlando 
Atlanta 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 MST6:00 EST3:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 CTNaN:�
Preview
Philadelphia 
Milwaukee 4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET23:30 GMT7:30 4:30 MST6:30 EST3:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 CTNaN:�
Preview
Boston 
Miami 4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET23:30 GMT7:30 4:30 MST6:30 EST3:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 CTNaN:�
Preview
New York 
Charlotte 4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET23:30 GMT7:30 4:30 MST6:30 EST3:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 CTNaN:�
Preview
Toronto 
Dallas 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 MST7:00 EST4:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 CTNaN:�
Preview
New Orleans 
Indiana 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 MST7:00 EST4:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 CTNaN:�
Preview
Memphis 
Golden State 6:30 PT7:30 MT8:30 CT9:30 ET1:30 GMT9:30 6:30 MST8:30 EST5:30 UAE (+1)03:3021:30 ET8:30 CTNaN:�
Preview
San Antonio 
Washington 7:30 PT8:30 MT9:30 CT10:30 ET2:30 GMT10:30 7:30 MST9:30 EST6:30 UAE (+1)04:3022:30 ET9:30 CTNaN:�
Preview
LA Clippers 
Utah 7:30 PT8:30 MT9:30 CT10:30 ET2:30 GMT10:30 7:30 MST9:30 EST6:30 UAE (+1)04:3022:30 ET9:30 CTNaN:�
Preview
Sacramento 
NHL Scoreboard
Chicago 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 MST7:00 EST4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ETNaN:� BRT
Preview
Pittsburgh 
Los Angeles 6:00 PT7:00 MT8:00 CT9:00 ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 MST8:00 EST5:00 UAE (+1)21:00 ETNaN:� BRT
Preview
Calgary 
Washington 7:00 PT8:00 MT9:00 CT10:00 ET2:00 GMT10:00 7:00 MST9:00 EST6:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ETNaN:� BRT
Preview
Colorado 
St. Louis 7:30 PT8:30 MT9:30 CT10:30 ET2:30 GMT10:30 7:30 MST9:30 EST6:30 UAE (+1)22:30 ETNaN:� BRT
Preview
Arizona 
MLB Spring Training
Cactus
San Diego2Top
1st
Chi White Sox0
Texas0Bot
1st
Kansas City0
LA Angels 12:05 PT1:05 MT2:05 CT3:05 ET15:05 ET19:05 GMT3:05 12:05 MST2:05 EST2:35 VEN23:05 UAE2:05 CT
Milwaukee 
Cleveland0Top
1st
Cincinnati0
Oakland 1:05 PT2:05 MT3:05 CT4:05 ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 MST3:05 EST3:35 VEN0:05 UAE (+1)3:05 CT
Chi Cubs 
LA Dodgers 1:10 PT2:10 MT3:10 CT4:10 ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 MST3:10 EST3:40 VEN0:10 UAE (+1)3:10 CT
Seattle 
Grapefruit
Washington2Final
St. Louis6
Minnesota3Bot
7th
Boston3
Philadelphia(ss)5Bot
5th
Detroit2
NY Mets1Bot
8th
Atlanta2
Miami2Bot
7th
Houston2
Philadelphia(ss)4Bot
8th
Pittsburgh1
Baltimore2Bot
5th
Tampa Bay2
NY Yankees3Bot
6th
Toronto1
Minor League Baseball
International League
Rochester 11:05 PT12:05 MT1:05 CT2:05 ET7:05 GMT
Syracuse 
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 11:05 PT12:05 MT1:05 CT2:05 ET7:05 GMT
Buffalo 
Pawtucket 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
Lehigh Valley 
Toledo 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
Indianapolis 
Norfolk 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
Charlotte 
Columbus 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
Louisville 
Durham 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
Gwinnett 
Puerto Rico Open (PGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1D. Points-20F
2tR. Goosen-18F
2tB. DeChambeau-18F
2tB. Lunde-18F
5tS. Saunders-17F
5tP. Uihlein-17F
5tW. Kim-17F
8tJ. Henry-16F
8tC. Stroud-16F
10tM. Flores-15F
View Full Leaderboard
 
Kia Classic (LPGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1M. Lee-20F
2tA. Ernst-14F
2tS. Ryu-14F
4tM. Hur-12F
4tK. Icher-12F
4tC. Kerr-12F
4tS. Park-12F
4tG. Piller-12F
9S. Feng-11F
10I. Chun-10F
View Full Leaderboard
 
WGC Match Play (EURO)
Leader in BOLD/CAPS
MatchHScore
JOHNSON v Rahm181 up
Tanihara v HAAS172 and 1
View Full Leaderboard
 
ATP Scoreboard
Wednesday, Mar. 29
Miami Open (ATP/WTA)
Quarterfinals
(2) K. Nishikori 
F. Fognini 
(5) R. Nadal 
(13) J. Sock 
 
WTA Scoreboard
Wednesday, Mar. 29
Miami Open (ATP/WTA)
Quarterfinals
(3) S. Halep6 67 1   
(10) J. Konta3 79 0   
(1) A. Kerber 
(11) V. Williams