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Former Cal Poly star Sharon Day-Monroe narrowly misses third Olympic berth

Heather Miller-Koch, right, reacts after winning the heptathlon 800-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Sunday in Eugene, Ore. Miller-Koch edged former Cal Poly standout Sharon Day-Monroe, left, earning herself a berth on the Olympic team while denying Day-Monroe a trip to her third Games.
Heather Miller-Koch, right, reacts after winning the heptathlon 800-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Sunday in Eugene, Ore. Miller-Koch edged former Cal Poly standout Sharon Day-Monroe, left, earning herself a berth on the Olympic team while denying Day-Monroe a trip to her third Games. Associated Press

Former Cal Poly standout Sharon Day-Monroe came up 17 points short in her bid to make a third straight Olympic team, finishing fourth in the heptathlon at the U.S. Track and Field Trials on Sunday in Eugene, Oregon.

Defending U.S. champion and UC Santa Barbara grad Barbara Nwaba won the event with 6,494 points. Heather Miller-Koch was second with 6,423 points, and Kendell Williams was third with 6,402. Day-Monroe had 6,385 points. The top three finishers qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Day-Monroe entered the final day of competition nine points back. She fell further behind and into fifth place after placing 10th in the long jump (19 feet, 8 inches), while Miller-Koch and Williams finished second and third, respectively . She finished sixth in the javelin (149-4) to get back to fourth place overall.

Entering the final event, the 800 meters, Day-Monroe trailed Miller-Koch by 25 points, and Williams by 81 points. Miller-Koch finished first in the 800 in 2 minutes, 9.97 seconds and Day-Monroe took second in 2:10.87, while Williams finished 10th. But that only closed the gap with Williams by 64 points, leaving Day-Monroe agonizingly short of qualifying.

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