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Freshman Sets World Record in Heptathlon 1,000m
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/13/2010
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Duke University freshman Curtis Beach set a world record in the 1,000m en route to a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships held at the University of Arkansas's Randal Tyson Track Center Saturday, March 13.

The Albuquerque, N.M., native ended the meet with 5,533 points, the top mark for a true freshman at this year's event, to take 12th place out of 16 competitors. Oregon's Ashton Eaton took first with an indoor record 6,499 points, while North Carolina's Mateo Sossah came in second with 5,886 points.

Beach, who entered the day in 13th place, ran a 2:27.88 for 1,000m to set a world record the men's heptathlon run. His mark, also a personal best, was nearly five seconds faster than the second-place finisher in that event.

The Blue Devil rookie started the day with an 8.56 clocking for the 60m hurdles, claiming 13th place for that event. In the pole vault, he cleared 4.50m (14-9) to take the 11th spot.  

Saturday's events at the NCAA Championships mark the conclusion of the indoor track and field season. Duke will begin the outdoor season next weekend, March 19-20, at the Wake Forest Open.

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