PORTLAND, Ore. – Wrapping up the 2016 International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) World Indoor Championships Sunday at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, a pair of former Blue Devils stood out at the global competition, both competing for Team USA.
Racing in the women’s 3,000, Shannon Rowbury captured the bronze medal with a time of 8:55.55, finishing as the USA’s top competitor. Fellow Blue Devil Curtis Beach placed fourth in the heptathlon with a final point total of 6,118. Highlighting his day, Beach won the 1,000-meter portion of the event in a time of 2:29.04 while placing second in the long jump with a mark of 7.65m and third in the pole vault with a height of 5.00m.
During her time at Duke, Rowbury garnered multiple All-America selections and ACC titles in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. While her school record in the indoor 3,000 still stands, the San Francisco, Calif., native also set the indoor mile (4:34.94) and outdoor 1,500 (4:14.81) Duke records her senior season. Rowbury capped her Blue Devil career by winning the mile and placing second in the 3,000 at the NCAA Indoor Championships. As a junior, she won both the mile and 3,000 at the indoor conference championships, earning ACC Indoor MVP accolades, before taking runner-up honors at the national meet.
Beach, a two-time U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, graduated from Duke as one of the most decorated athletes in program history. In addition to numerous ACC titles, Beach claimed gold in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships in both 2012 and 2014 while qualifying all four years. The Albuquerque, N.M., native’s name can be found all over the Duke records book, including the top spot in the heptathlon (6,190), decathlon (8,084), indoor 500 (1:01.50), outdoor 200 (21.30), outdoor 400 (46.72) and outdoor long jump (7.81m). Beach also set the world record among heptathletes in the 1,000 back in 2012.