DES MOINES, Iowa - Duke earned three second team All-America honors on day one of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship hosted by Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Sophomore Curtis Beach finished the day with two All-America honor finishes; one in the long jump and one in the 800 meters. Later, senior Amy Fryt ended her Duke career strong by also being named to the All-America team.
Beach finished the day with a 15th place finish in the long jump by leaping 24-4.25 (7.42) and immediately after, he raced to a 16th place finish in the 800 where he finished third in his heat with a time of 1:48.7. With the accolades, the Albuquerque, N.M., native is the first Blue Devil to earn All-America honors in four different events: long jump, 800, indoor heptathlon (2012) and decathlon (2011).
In the pole vault, Fryt cleared 13-7.25 (4.15), five centimeters off of her lifetime best, to finish in a tie for fifteenth and earn the prestigious honor.
In other events, junior Andrea Hopkins finished in 18th place in the javelin, six slots ahead of her finish last year at the same event. Her best throw of the evening traveled 146-9 (44.74). Later in the evening, Cydney Ross ran a time of 2:09.50 in the 800 to cross the line in 23rd place. In the women's discus, sophomore Erica Brand was unable to get a mark in her first NCAA championship competition.
On Thursday, junior Juliet Bottorff will be the lone competitor for the Blue Devils. The Newark, Del., native will look to defend her title in the 10,000 which is set to kick off at 8:45 p.m. (CST)