Former Cal Poly track and field star Day in contention at World Championships

Day in third place in women's heptathlon heading into finals

sports@thetribunenews.comAugust 12, 2013 

Former Cal Poly track and field and soccer standout Sharon Day competes in the shot put in the heptathlon at the World Championships on Monday at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Day is in third place and will try for the title today.

DAVID J. PHILLIP — AP

Former Cal Poly track and field and soccer standout Sharon Day completed Monday in third place in the heptathlon at the World Championships in Moscow.

Day, competing out of Los Angeles, is in third place with 3,836 points — 72 off her personal-record pace of the U.S. Championships in June. She sits one point behind Dafne Schippers of Holland and leader Ganna Melnichenko (3,912) from the Ukraine.

Day will try for the title this morning.

“I had solid marks all the way through,” Day said Monday in a USA Track & Field news release. “I was really happy with my hurdle race; I felt like halfway through on the fourth or fifth hurdle I just started accelerating, so hurdles went really well.

“In the other three events of the day I was kind of average, but solid. I’m happy with where I’m at right now, and I’m going to come back (today) and work really hard to make sure I’m on top.”

Day posted marks of 47 feet, 1 inch in the shot put, 6 feet in the high jump and 24.28 seconds in the 200 meters.

The heptathlon concludes today with the long jump, javelin and 800.

Day is coming off her second outdoor heptathlon national title in June, when she won with 6,550 points.

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