"What a great day for Curtis," Director of Track and Field Norm Ogilvie commented. "He is definitely in the hunt for the championship with his performance today."
University of Florida senior Gray Horn leads all competitors with 3357 points after four events. Beach is 107 points behind Horn and sits in eighth place.
To start the day, Beach finished in a tie for fifth in the 60 meter dash with a personal record time of 7.03. He finished first in his heat and earned 872 points in the event. Jacksons Indoor Track has proved to be a fast track so far as nearly half of the participants set personal records in this event.
On his second attempt in the long jump, Beach leapt a distance of 24-08.25 (940) which was good enough for a personal record and a fourth place finish in the event.
In the third event of the day, the Albuquerque, N.M., native earned another heptathlon personal record with a throw of 41-5.0 (644). This mark placed him in 11th for the event and sixth overall.
The high jump was Beach's fourth and final event of the day. After a gutsy performance, the junior finished with a clearance of 6-06.25 (794).
NCAA Indoor Championship competition will conclude tomorrow with the 60 meter hurdles, pole vault and the 1000 meter run. Competition will begin at 10:30 a.m. (MST).
Beach will be joined by fellow Blue Devil Michelle Anumba who will compete in the women's shot put on Saturday evening beginning at 7 p.m (MST). A full recap and results will be available at www.GoDuke.com.