2008 Track & Field
Outdoor: Competed in the 800m at the Big Ten Championships, running a personal-best time of 1:51.69 and missing qualifying for the final by 0.01 seconds ... Won the 800m title at the SIU Spring Classic ... Anchored the sprint medley relay to first place at the Kansas Relays ... Was runner-up in the 800m at the Illinois Twilight (1:52.60) ... Took fourth in the 800m at the Kansas Relays ... Was second in the 1,500m at the SEMOtion Relays (3:59.11). Indoor: Led off the distance medley relay that was fourth at the Big Ten Championships ... Took first place in the mile at both the Saluki Fast Start (4:19.78) and the Indiana Open (4:16.39) ... Ran personal-best 800m time of 1:51.61 at the Alex Wilson Invitational .. Won the 1,000m at the Carle/Health Alliance Invitational ... Was runner-up in the 800m at the Husker Invitational (1:52.21) ... Anchored 4x800m relay to a runner-up finish at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge and ran on the 4x800m relay that was fifth at the New Balance Invitational.
2007 Track & Field
Outdoor: Competed in the 800m at the Big Ten Championships, running a season-best time of 1:52.92 ... Member of 4x800m relay that took first at the Kansas Relays ... Also ran in the 4x800m relay that took ninth at the Drake Relays ... Took third in the 800m at the Illinois Invitational and fourth at the Willie Williams Classic. Indoor: Member of the distance medley relay that took fifth at the Big Ten Championships ... Also competed in the 800m at the Big Ten Championships ... Ran a season-best 1:52.68 in the 800m at the Meyo Invitational ... Won 800m title at the Carle/Health Alliance Invitational ... Took third in the 600m at the Hoosier Hills Invitational with a personal-best 1:21.69.
Took second in the 800m at the state meet his senior year ... Three-time all-state honoree ... Holds school records in the 800m and 4x400m relay ... Took second in the 800m at the 2006 Midwest Distance Gala, timing 1:52.84 ... Earned three letters in track and field and two in cross country.
Born June 22, 1988 ... Son of Brian and Deborah Beaird ... Has one sister, Christina, who is a member of the Illinois women's track and field team ... Majoring in mechanical engineering ... Hobbies include working on cars ... Says his mom, dad and sister influenced his athletic career by showing him how to set goals and stay motivated ... Favorite athletic memory is sweeping the A, B and C flights of the 1,600m with his teammates at the Rock Island Invitational his senior year of high school.
Beaird's Personal Bests
600m (Indoor): 1:21.69
800m (Indoor): 1:51.61
800m (Outdoor): 1:51.69
1,500m (Outdoor): 3:59.11
Mile (Indoor): 4:16.39