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Athlete Quotes - Jr. Men's Decathlon Day 1

Curtis Beach

On his first day of decathlon events:
“Today was solid. Nothing extraordinary, nothing that blew my mind, but it was solid. Solid performances are how you get a good decathlon score.”

His thoughts on his overall performance:
“I feel good. It’s not the best I’ve done, I have done better in other decathlons, but I feel good. I’m happy with where I’m at and we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

On coming into the high jump:
“I was okay, the first two (jumps) were a little bit sub-par but still solid. I wasn’t feeling amazing, but I still got a good high jump in. I had a little scare, but then after that I got into a good rhythm and had a great bar. I’m happy.”

On the 400 meters:
“It wasn’t that great. All my decathlon bests last year were better than the one I just did, so I was expecting a bit better, but it’s okay. It’s still a solid mark. I could have hoped for better, but that’s how the decathlon is, you’re going to have great performances and not so great performances, so I’m happy.”

On the high jump:
“I knew just being at Hayward Field it would be really cool just to be here, and I really felt that. In the high jump, when everyone was clapping and everyone was looking at me, it was just amazing. I have seen Hayward on TV, but to be here and experience it first hand was just amazing. I love the people in Eugene, they are the best fans ever.”

On his future college plans:
“I am happy I am going to Duke, but I think I would have made a good Duck.”

On tomorrow’s events:
“Tomorrow is all I am thinking about right now. I am going to cool down and focus on one event at a time and go for a PR. I am especially excited for the 1500.”

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