NEW ORELANS -- Redshirt senior Curtis Beach capped off an extraordinary 2014 indoor track and field campaign by earning the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Field Athlete of the Year award, as announced by the organization Wednesday. The honor is the second of Beach’s career, after he garnered the same accolade in 2012 following the first of two national heptathlon titles. Beach was also named to The Bowerman Men's Watch List, marking his eighth appearance on the list.
Beach, returning to his hometown of Albuquerque, N.M., won the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships heptathlon in exciting fashion, amassing a conference, school and personal-best point total of 6,190 while outscoring the second-place finisher by over 150 points. Beach’s score ranks as the fourth-best in collegiate history.
Beach set a number of personal and season-best marks throughout the national championship. He opened the two-day competition with a season-best time in the 60-meter dash before jumping out to a personal-best mark of 25-2.00 (7.67) in the second event of the competition, the long jump. After matching a personal-best clearance of 6-9.00 (2.06) in the high jump, Beach closed day one of competition in third place.
In the first event of day two, Beach ran a time of 8.12 in the 60-meter hurdles, setting another personal record. After posting a mark of 16-6.75 (5.05), his first indoor clearance over the five-meter mark, Beach concluded competition with a 1,000m time of 2:28.76.
The Duke track and field team opens outdoor competition Friday, March 21, traveling to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the Carolina Relays.