Former Cal Poly star Sharon Day-Monroe set an American record Friday in winning her third straight pentathlon title at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.
Day-Monroe scored 4,805 points to break the American record of 4,753 points set by DeDee Nathan in 1999 and tied by Hyleas Fountain in 2013. Day-Monroe’s score is also 12th on the all-time world list. Day-Monroe’s score is also a world-leading mark for 2014.
Day-Monroe’s previous pentathlon personal record was 4,567 points. Her win Friday qualified her for the IAAF World Indoor Championships next month in Sopot, Poland.
Day-Monroe, an Olympian in the heptathlon in 2012 and the high jump in 2008, began her competition Friday with a personal-record time of 8.44 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles. She then cleared
6 feet, 2 inches in the high jump and followed with a PR of 51-1 3/4 in the shot put. Day-Monroe then jumped 19-11 3⁄4 in the long jump.
Needing a time of 2 minutes, 16.87 seconds in the 800 to break the American record, Day-Monroe crossed the finish line easily under that standard with a time of 2:13.19.
“Everything was kind of firing on all cylinders, and I knew it was going to come down to that long jump,” Day-Monroe said in a statement released by USA Track and Field. “It’s always kind of my weak area, so to go almost 20 feet on my first jump was a big relief, and I was just really happy to know that I was right on pace for the American record but also that everything today was going really well. It makes me feel really good for two weeks for now. I am ready to go to Poland.
“Really the plan was to just tune-up and make sure everything was sharp. This is only my third meet of 2014. I hadn’t competed a lot, so I knew this was just another chance to get in competition shape, and race myself into shape and compete into shape. That’s kind of what I did today. Everything was just flowing and going really well, and I ended up with an American record.”
Day wasn’t the only one who set a record in the pentathlon Friday. Nebraska-Omaha’s Sami Spenner was second with 4,496 points to set an American collegiate record. Former UC Santa Barbara standout Barbara Nwaba was third with 4,406 points.