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Former Cal Poly standout Sharon Day-Monroe fighting for Olympic spot in heptathlon

Sharon Day-Monroe competes during the heptathlon high jump at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Saturday in Eugene Ore.
Sharon Day-Monroe competes during the heptathlon high jump at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Saturday in Eugene Ore. Associated Press

Former Cal Poly standout Sharon Day-Monroe was sitting in fourth place overall in the heptathlon after the first four events Saturday at the U.S. Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

Day-Monroe had 3,813 points. The defending U.S. champion and UC Santa Barbara grad Barbara Nwaba was in first place with 3,903 points.

The top three finishers qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Day-Monroe is nine points behind Heather Miller-Koch for third place heading into the final day of competition. The heptathlon wraps up Sunday with three events: the long jump, the javelin and the 800 meters.

Things started slowly for Day-Monroe, who finished seventh with a time of 13.60 seconds in the opening event, the 100-meter hurdles. Georgia’s Kendall Williams, who is in second place overall after three events, won the hurdles in 12.99 seconds. Nwaba was 10th in 13.65 seconds.

However, Nwaba bounced back to win the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 2 3/4 inches. Day-Monroe was tied for fourth, clearing 5-11 1/4 . That put Nwaba into the lead, and had Day-Monroe tied for fourth after two events.

Day-Monroe surged into second place overall by finishing first in the shot put, with a distance of 49-10. Georgia’s Quintunya Chapman was second at 47-11 1/4 , and Nwaba was third at 46-5 1/2 .

But Day-Monroe ended with a 10th-place finish in the 200 meters (24.73), falling to fourth overall as Nwaba, Williams and Miller-Koch all posted top-five times.

Day-Monroe won the 2005 NCAA title for the high jump, one of her seven All-American honors during her Mustangs track and field career. The six-time conference champion, inducted into the Cal Poly Hall of Fame last year, made her first Olympics roster in 2008 (traveling to Beijing for the high jump) before returning in 2012 (competing as a heptathlete in London).

Another local competing Sunday is Jordan Hasay, who will be running in the final of the 5,000 meters.

Area athletes

Sharon Day-Monroe in the heptathlon

long jump, 1:45 p.m.; javelin, 2:45 p.m.; 800 meters, 4:11 p.m.

Jordan Hasay

Women’s 5,000 meters, 4:28 p.m.

How to watch: Live streaming at www.nbcolympics.com.

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