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Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to: 

  • connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
  • share ideas about learning and human development;
  • spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy. 

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Michael Ulku-SteinerHead of School 


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NCAA champ lands at DA

Pictured above are DA students Peyton Dilweg and Stephen Watson with Curtis Beach, the best athlete ever produced by my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Curtis has been working this winter with Peyton and Stephen, DA’s best jumpers.

With his typically encyclopedic memory, DA track and cross country coach (and math department chair) Dennis Cullen shared more about these three athletes:

Peyton’s best long jump (17 feet, 2 inches) is less than 2 inches short of our school record. Stephen (who has jumped 20 feet, 7.5 inches) is chasing DA’s oldest track record (21 feet, 3.75 inches), set by Les Ottolenghi in 1980.

Curtis graduated from Albuquerque Academy in 2009. While there, he set the national high school record in the decathlon. He’s not big, but he runs and jumps very well: 25-7.5 in the long jump, 6-9 in the high jump, 1:52 in the 800 (since lowered to 1:47.75). He is one of two decathletes ever who have run under 4:00 in the concluding event, the 1500. That’s about a 4:18 mile. He was named the national Gatorade track and field athlete of the year in 2009.

Curtis surprised a lot of people when he decided to go to Duke. He has won an NCAA championship indoors in the heptathlon. The indoor heptathlon has only one throwing event. (The outdoor decathlon has three.) The concluding event is the 1000 meters, and Curtis set the world record for that event in a heptathlon. He has been NCAA runner-up in the outdoor decathlon, and hopes to win it this year. He graduated in May but has an extra year of eligibility. So he is staying in Durham. He will take a few classes in the spring while he trains for the NCAA’s in June. Click here to see read more about Curtis on goduke.com.
Posted by in Other on Wednesday November, 27, 2013


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