NEW ORLEANS -- The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named recent Duke graduate Curtis Beach the 2014 indoor field scholar-athlete of the year Tuesday, marking the second time in his career that Beach received a scholar-athlete of the year honor. In addition to Beach, seven men and 11 women from Duke's track & field team were also named to the USTFCCCA’s All-Academic team.
Beach, a psychology major with a cumulative grade point average of 3.45, concluded the final indoor season of his college career in spectacular fashion, claiming the NCAA Indoor Championships heptathlon title in front of a hometown crowd in Albuquerque, N.M. Also named the 2014 Indoor Field Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA earlier in the season, Beach earned his first scholar-athlete of the year honor from the USTFCCCA in 2012.
Duke contributed seven individuals, including recent graduates Justin Amezquita, Tanner Anderson, Brian Atkinson, Mike Moverman, Michael Krone, rising senior Shaun Thompson and rising junior Carl Heinz, to the list of 496 total student-athletes named to the All-Academic team. Amezquita, Anderson, Atkinson and Moverman appear on the list for the third time in their respective careers, while Krone was named to the all-academic team for the second time in his career. Thompson and Heinz both garner the honor for the first time in their respective careers.
For the women, Duke joined nine other institutions in placing ten or more student-athletes on the All-Academic list. Recent graduates Juliet Bottorff and Erica Brand headline the Duke contingent, being named to the team for the fourth time in their respective careers. Rising redshirt junior Karli Johonnot saw her name appear on the list for the third time in her career, while rising seniors Lauren Hansson and Abby Farley, rising junior Anima Banks and recent graduate Miray Seward received all-academic recognition for the second time in each of their respective careers. Rising juniors Madison Granger, Megan Clark, recent graduate Ashley Berry and rising senior Elizabeth Kerpon round out Duke’s presence on the all-academic list.
An individual must compile a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and either finish the indoor track & field regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or rank in the national top 48 in a relay event. An individual can also be recognized by participating in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships during the outdoor season, including the preliminary rounds.