AUSTIN, Texas – After one day of competition, senior Curtis Beach sits in first place with 4,219 total points in the men’s decathlon at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Wednesday, March 27 in Austin, Texas. The Albuquerque, N.M., native set personal records in two events and performed well enough in the other three to claim the lead after the first day of competition. He also bested his personal record day one score of 4,206 which was he set on his way to being runner-up at the 2011 NCAA Championships. Sophomore Ian Rock is also competing in the decathlon and sits in 14th place overall with a total of 3,605 points.
Beach started the day strong with a personal record in the men’s 100 meter dash crossing the line in second place with 10.68. Then in the long jump, one of his strongest events, Beach led the field with a mark of 24-10.00 (7.57). In the shot put, he continued his impressive performance with another personal record mark of 41-3 (12.57). After that he finished in a tie for third in the men’s high jump by clearing 6-6.25 (1.99) and claimed the top spot in the men’s 400m, crossing the line in 48.21.
“It was a really good day”, commented Associate Heach Coach Shawn Wilbourn. “Curtis had a personal best [point total] after day one so we are pleased with his performance overall. It is a good first day, especially for March.”
Rock started the day strong with three personal-records in the first three events. The Davis, Calif., native ran a 11.26 in the men’s 100m dash and earned a long jump mark of 22-3.5 (6.79) which was a foot better than his previous best mark. After that he earned a personal best mark of 39-1.25 (11.92) in the shot put. Rock closed the day by clearing 6-0.5 (1.84) in the high jump and clocking a time of 50.88 in the 400m.
“Ian had a great start today with three pr’s in the first three events then he struggled a little bit in the high jump. He came and ran a pretty good 400. This is his first time being in a big competition. A lot of these guys are NCAA caliber guys so for him to get the opportunity to compete with these guys and learn from the experience; it is just going to make him mentally stronger the next time he is in a big competition.”
Karli Johonnot completed the first four events of her first collegiate heptathlon in 18th place with a point total of 3,047. The Las Vegas, Nev., native set a new personal record in the women’s shot put with a mark of 36-5.5 (11.11). She also matched her personal best in the women’s high jump clearing 5-8.75 (1.74), finishing tied for second in the field.
“Karli is doing really well for her first meet back after tearing her achilles a year ago. She did really well. She high jumped well and set a personal record in the shot put. The goal for her is to get through the competition, get in a full heptathlon and realize that she is able to do it.”
The multi-event competition will wrap up tomorrow with the remaining events. Also, several individuals will compete including junior Justin Amezquita in the men’s pole vault and senior Austin Carpenter in the men’s javelin. On the track, junior Hannah Goranson and sophomore Elizabeth Kerpon are registered in the women’s 400m hurdles and finally Shaun Thompson will close out the day in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase.