Former Cal Poly star Sharon Day qualified for the London Olympics today with a runner-up performance in the heptathlon at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Day, a 2008 Olympian in the womens high jump, finished the two-day, seven-event competition with a personal record 6,343 points, topping her previous PR by six points, set earlier this season in a meet at Westmont College in Santa Barbara.
Hyleas Fountain, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist in the heptathlon and the only U.S. heptathlete other than Jackie Joyner-Kersee to medal at an Olympics, won with 6,419 points. She had a 151-point lead over Day after Fridays first day of competition.
Chantae McMillan, third after Fridays first day, finished in that spot, too, scoring 6,188 points. Fountain, Day and McMillan also bettered the Olympic A qualifying standard of 6,150 points.
Im really happy with my overall performance, Day said in a USA Track and Field news release. I already had the A standard, so I just wanted to come in and make the team.
Day started today with a PR of 20 feet, one-half inch in the long jump, the third-best mark in the event. She also had the third-best javelin mark at 147-9, only six inches off her PR, and finished the final event, the 800 meters, in 2 minutes, 14.55 seconds, the fourth-best mark in the event.
Im just so happy to make my second Olympic team and represent the USA. Hopefully Ill get on that (medal) podium.
While this will be Days first time competing in the heptathlon in the Olympics, she did complete in the heptathlon at the 2009 and 2011 world championships. In 2009, she also qualified for the world championships in the high jump.
Joining Day at the Olympics will be another former Cal Poly star Stephanie Brown Trafton. Brown Trafton, the reigning Olympic gold medalist in the womens discus, won that event last Sunday to earn a trip to London.
Also making a return trip to the Olympics is mens water polo player Jeff Powers, a San Luis Obispo High graduate. Powers will be on his third Olympic team and helped lead the 2008 team to a surprising silver medal.