Three #ACCITF Men Claim NCAA Indoor Individual Titles
Sunday March 16, 2014
Florida State men post fourth-place men’s finish
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Senior Dentarius Locke laid claim to his first NCAA Championship, and the Florida State men's team returned to the podium for the first time since 2009 with a fourth-place finish at Saturday's conclusion of the two-day NCAA Indoor Track and Field meet at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Locke became the third ACC student-athlete to claim to a national title in this year’s event, as FSU teammate James Harris captured the high jump on Friday, and Duke’s Curtis Beach completed his second NCAA heptathlon title, amassing an ACC-record 6,190 points.
On a day when virtually all of the title contenders endured some hardship, the Seminoles overcame their own troubles, parlaying Locke's 60-meter dash title, Jonathan Reid's third-place triple jump finish and a seventh-place finish in the 4x400 into 18 points on the final day. FSU's two-day, 28-point total trailed only Oregon (62), Arkansas (54) and Florida (35). It was the Seminoles' best finish since placing third in 2009.
The Pitt men tied Cornell for 14th place with 14 points, Notre Dame was 17th with 12, and Duke finished tied for 20th with 11 points. Virginia Tech shared 32nd place with 6 points, and North Carolina tied for 45th with 4. Clemson held 56th place with two points.
On the women’s side, Notre Dame’s 29th-place finish (8 points) led ACC schools. Virginia Tech (6) tied for 35th, while Florida State (5) tied for 39th and Duke (4) tied for 43rd. Miami and Clemson tied for 45th with 3.5 points. NC State (3) placed 47th, and Maryland (1.5) 54th.
Florida State’s Locke, the fourth-seed entering the meet, beat a strong field with an all-time best time of 6.52 in the 60-meter final. His altitude-converted time (6.54) matched the school record set by Marvin Bracy last year.
Duke’s Beach, competing in his hometown, came from fourth place to win the pentathlon in the final event – the 1,000 meters. Beach took a commanding lead over his competitors in finishing ahead of the field, finishing in a time of 2:28.76 and securing his second national indoor championships title.
Florida State’s Harris on Friday cleared the high jump bar at 7-7.25 - the 10th-best mark in the world this year and the eighth-highest clearance in NCAA history - sealed the victory.