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Track and Field: Day-Monroe wins another national heptathlon title

Sharon Day-Monroe runs the 800 meters during Saturday’s heptathlon at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Sacramento. Day-Monroe won her third title in four years. Her other national titles came in 2011 and last year.
Sharon Day-Monroe runs the 800 meters during Saturday’s heptathlon at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Sacramento. Day-Monroe won her third title in four years. Her other national titles came in 2011 and last year. AP

Former Cal Poly star Sharon Day-Monroe won her third national title in the heptathlon Saturday in the past four years at Hornet Stadium at Sacramento State.

Day-Monroe entered Saturday’s second and final day of the heptathlon with a 123-point lead on another former Big West Conference standout, UC Santa Barbara’s Barbara Nwaba.

Day-Monroe built on that lead, finishing with 6,470 points to 6,307 for Nwaba. Erica Bougard was a distant third with 6,118 points. The 6,470 points was just off Day-Monroe’s personal record of 6,550 points set in winning last year’s national meet in Des Moines, Iowa.

Day-Monroe opened Saturday’s competition with a subpar long jump mark of 19 feet, 21⁄2 inches, putting her 10th in the event.

She rebounded in the javelin where she easily had the best throw of the competition at 153-8 despite using only a five-step approach. The mark was just off her PR of 154-9 set two years ago.

Day-Monroe also won the shot put in Friday’s heptathlon and the 100 hurdles.

Day-Monroe concluded the competition by running the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 11.54 seconds, the sixth-best time.

The three other former Cal Poly athletes competing at the U.S. meet are all in finals today — Maggie Vessey (women’s 800), Ben Bruce (men’s 3,000 steeplechase) and Stephanie Brown Trafton (women’s discus).

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