Former Cal Poly star Sharon Day is in second place after the first day of the heptathlon at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Day completed the first four events of the seven-event heptathlon today with 3,797 points.
Hyleas Fountain, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist, is the leader with 3,948 points. Chantae McMillan is in third place with 3,762 points, and UC Santa Barbara’s Barbara Nwaba is in fourth with 3,736 points.
Day made the 2008 Olympic team in the high jump. In 2009, she qualified for the world championships in the high jump and heptathlon, and last year again qualified for the world championships in the heptathlon as the U.S. champion.
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Day tied Fountain and Nwaba for the top mark in the high jump at 6 feet, 1 1⁄2 inches. Day also ran the 100 hurdles in 13.71 seconds, just off her personal record of 13.57, threw the shot put 43-113⁄4 and concluded the day with a time of 24.26 in the 200, just off her PR of 24.09.
“(It was a) pretty good (day), just slightly lower in some events than I would like,” Day said in a statement released by USA Track and Field.
The top three finishers after today’s second day of the heptathlon will move on to the London Olympics, provided they have reached the A qualifying standard of 6,150 points, which Day already has done this season.
Day scored a PR of 6,337 points at a meet in March at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. That score was the top U.S. mark of the year entering the trials and ranked Day 15th in the world.
“For me, it’s all about competing and making sure I am in one of the top three spots,” Day said. “It’s nice to know that I have the A standard out of the way.”
Former Mission Prep star and Oregon junior Jordan Hasay failed to reach the finals of the women’s 1,500 for the second straight Olympic trials.
Hasay finished 11th in her semifinal heat in 4 minutes, 15.52 seconds and was 23rd out of the 24 semifinalists. The top 12 advanced to Sunday’s final.
In 2008, Hasay, having just finished her junior year of high school, set a national high school record of 4:14.50 in the semifinals at the trials and placed 10th in the finals.