Fanfare-Colleges: Duke's Beach 2nd in NCAA decathlon
Duke's Beach 2nd in NCAA meet
EUGENE, Ore. — Duke’s Curtis Beach finished day one of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in second place in the men’s decathlon with a point total of 4,383, while Blue Devil Cydney Ross ran a personal record time of 2:03.62 in the women’s 800 meters to automatically qualify for Friday’s final.
Beach highlighted day one of the men’s decathlon with four personal records and two first place finishes.
He is six points behind leader Jeremy Taiwo from Washington. Beach shattered his day one point total record, which he set earlier this season at the Texas Relays, by over 150 points.
“We knew the key for Curtis to get off to a good start,” said Duke Director of Track and Field Norm Ogilvie. “He usually feeds off of his own excitement and so when he set a personal record in the 100 he was able to use that to have a great long jump. A six point separation between the top two leaders is virtually a tie but there is a lot of decathlon left. He is in a good spot psychologically and has as good of a chance as anyone to win the whole thing.”
In the 100, the first of ten events, Beach set his first personal record of the day by clocking 10.66 to finish third in his heat and overall. Then, he used the momentum from his first performance to set a new school record in the men’s long jump, leaping a distance of 25-7.5 (7.81) on both his second and third attempts to outdistance the field and take the overall lead with 1,950 total points.
In the shot put, Beach saw improvement with each of his three throws, earning an outdoor personal best with a throw of 42-3.50 (12.89) on his third and final attempt to place 17th in the event and move to second overall with a point total of 2,611 after three events.
Beach was able to maintain his second place overall standing with another personal best mark in the men’s high jump, clearing 6-8.75 (2.05) on his third attempt. Beach cleared three different third attempt jumps throughout the event to continue advancing and earned 850 points.
In the final event of the day, Beach led the field in the 400 with a time of 47.74, which gave him 922 points in the event and 4,383 points overall.
Beach will be the lone Blue Devil competing Thursday as the decathlon will conclude with the final five events Competition will begin with the 110 high hurdles at 2 p.m. EDT.
Six from UNC on Team USA
CHICAGO — Star goalkeeper Hope Solo was one of 23 players — six from UNC Chapel Hill — chosen by U.S women’s soccer national team coach Tom Sermanni on Wednesday to prepare for two games against South Korea.
Sermanni chose 18 of the 21 players who trained in Canada for a week leading up to a 3-0 victory against the host country last Sunday in Toronto. He also added Solo, midfielder Megan Rapinoe, ex-UNC midfielder Yael Averbuch and ex-UNC defender Meghan Klingenberg.
Among the veterans on the squad are forwards Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, midfielders Carli Lloyd and UNC alumna Heather O’Reilly, and defenders Christie Rampone, Rachel Buehler and Becky Sauerbrunn.
Also on the team are former UNC stars Whitney Engen and Tobin Heath and current UNC star Crystal Dunn.
Wright leaving Duke for LSU
DURHAM — Former Duke football cornerback Leon Wright is leaving the Blue Devil coaching staff for a position on Les Miles’ staff at Louisiana State, a Duke source confirmed on Wednesday.
Wright, Duke’s defensive quality control assistant coach since 2011, will be a graduate assistant at LSU working with the Tigers’ defensive backs.
Wright played at Duke from 2006-09 and was an honorable mention all-ACC pick in 2009.
On Sept. 12, 2009, Wright had one of the finest games in Duke history when he returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a 35-19 win at Army.
Duke-UConn women at Cameron
DURHAM — The Duke women’s basketball team will play reigning national champion Connecticut on Dec. 17 at Cameron Indoor Stadium as part of the Jimmy V Classic.
The game, the fifth straight year Duke and UConn have met, begins at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN2.
Proceeds benefit the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research.
The Huskies went 35-4 last season and won their eighth NCAA championship. Duke (33-3) reached the Elite Eight for the fourth straight season. Both teams are projected among the nation’s elite entering the season.
Cannizaro, Dunn are finalists
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — UNC senior midfielder Kara Cannizzaro, who led the Tar Heels to their first-ever NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship, has received the Honda Sports Award for lacrosse and is a finalist for the 2013 Honda Cup
The Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presents the Honda Sports Award annually to top athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned women’s sports. The Honda Cup is awarded to the top athlete in that group of 12.
UNC soccer star Crystal Dunn was earlier awarded the soccer honor and is a fellow finalist.
Four Blue Devil golfers honored
DURHAM — Four Duke women’s golfers have earned Golfweek All-America accolades.
Lindy Duncan was named to the first team, Laetitia Beck to the second team and Celine Boutier and Alejandra Cangrejo received honorable mention. Duke placed second in the NCAA Tournament.
N.C. Central lefty inks pro deal
TAOS, N.M. — N.C. Central senior Michael Romano has been signed by the Taos Blizzard of the independent Pecos League, becoming the first Eagle at the NCAA Division I level to sign a professional baseball contract.
The 6-1 lefty was 3-9 with a 5.25 ERA in 84 innings during his final season at NCCU, striking out 37 and walking 20.
Independent pro teams — as opposed to minor league teams — do not have working agreements with Major League Baseball franchises.
NHL suspends Blackhawks’ Keith
LOS ANGELES — If the Chicago Blackhawks are going to end the Los Angeles Kings’ perfect postseason on home ice in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals tonight, they’ll have to do it without their top defenseman.
Duncan Keith will sit out tonight’s game under a one-game suspension for high-sticking Los Angeles’ Jeff Carter. Keith hit Carter with a one-handed blow in the second period of the Kings’ 3-1 victory in Game 3 Tuesday night that cut Chicago’s lead to 2-1, opening a 20-stitch gash on the star forward’s face and cracking three of his teeth.
Seminoles, AD to part ways
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State’s Randy Spetman is out as athletics director and the university will soon begin a search for his replacement.
FSU President Eric Barron made the announcement Wednesday, one day before Spetman, 59, was scheduled to unveil a strategic plan to the university’s Board of Trustees designed to shape the future of Seminole athletics.
Team USA to camp in Vegas
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The U.S. national basketball team coached by Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski will return this summer to Las Vegas, where it trained before winning the last two Olympic gold medals.
The Americans will hold a minicamp for about 24 players from July 22-25, capped by an intrasquad exhibition game on July 25 at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center. The roster of players hasn’t been announced.
MLB, players talk PEDs
NEW YORK — One by one, for three weeks, players accompanied by their lawyers have been summoned to interviews as part of baseball’s latest investigation into performance-enhancing drugs — and the process is a long way from finished.
Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz, Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon are among 20 or so players who may be disciplined for their links to the now-closed Miami anti-aging clinic, Biogenesis of America.
The players’ union says it has been assured no decisions regarding discipline will be made until the interviews are completed.