"It was awesome, commented Beach at the conclusion of the competition. "I felt really good on the first day and not as great on the second day but with my whole family there and competing with my friends, just being home, it made it awesome."
The USA Track and Field Indoor Championships bring together the best professional and amateur athletes in the country to compete for national crowns.
Beach started off the competition strong and at the conclusion of the first day, he sat in third place with a total of 3,318 points. His total day one score was 68 points better than his previous day one record of 3,250 points that he earned on his way to winning the event in the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
On that first day, Beach had solid showings in both the 60m dash and long jump with marks of 7.13 and 24-2.25 (7.37). Then, he went on to set personal records in the shot put, earning a mark of 42-10.75 (13.07) and the high jump where he cleared 6-11 (2.11) to cap off the day.
The second day did not come with any personal records but his performance in the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m run were good enough to give him the second place finish with a point total of 5,895.
As it was Beach's first multi-event competition since the 2012 Olympic Trials he was able to pull from his experiences there to assist him with the mental aspect of the two-day competition.
"I think there were a lot of lessons that were learned at the trials about how to approach a multi-event competition and how to remain mentally fresh throughout competing. I feel like I had a chance to put all of those lesson's to practice here. I wanted to focus more on having fun and getting the most out of what I could offer instead of trying to get a certain score. Basically, competing as hard as I could and letting the results take care of themselves. Overall, I think I did pretty good with that but in the second day I started to fall out of that mentality and get stressed out about where I was going to place and what I was going to score and I got distracted and kind of shut down. It was another good learning experience."
Even if he was slightly disappointed with his second day performance, Beach was very grateful for the amount of support he received from his hometown community.
"Throughout the entire multi's there was this giant Curtis Beach contingent wearing t-shirts that said 'Beach Patrol' on them. It was just so much fun."