Day-Monroe in 4th Place at U.S. Olympic Trials for Heptathlon After Day 1

Day-Monroe in 4th Place at U.S. Olympic Trials for Heptathlon After Day 1


EUGENE, Ore. — Former Cal Poly national champion Sharon Day-Monroe began the U.S. Olympic Trials for the heptathlon with a fourth-place standing through Saturday's events, compiling a 3,813-point total to bring into Day 2 at Hayward Field.

Day-Monroe, seeking her third consecutive trip to the Olympics, opened the afternoon with a ninth-place 100-meter hurdles time of 13.60 seconds, good for 1,036 points.

She then moved up to seventh in the field of 21 (with a score of 2,027) thanks to a fourth-place high jump of 5 feet and 11.25 inches (a season-best tallying 991 points).

The ASICS team member then moved all the way up to second by winning the shot put with another season-best performance: a mark of 49' 10" on her second attempt. The 874-point bump placed her total at 2,901 — 38 back of Barbara Nwaba for the lead.

In the day's last event, the 200 meters, Day-Monroe won Heat 1 in 24.73 seconds (equaling another season-best while ranking 10th and adding 912 to her total).

Nwaba (older sister to recently-graduated Mustang basketball guard David Nwaba) holds the lead with 3,903 points, only 11 ahead of Kendell Williams at 3,892 and 81 in front of Heather Miller-Koch at 3,822.

The top three will represent Team USA in Rio de Janeiro from Aug. 5-21.

Erica Bougard is currently in fifth, with a score of 3,804 — 107 up on sixth place.

Day-Monroe won the 2005 NCAA title for the high jump, one of her seven All-American honors during her Mustang track & 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).

Sunday's round will conclude with the long jump at 1:45, the javelin at 2:45 and the 800 meters at 4:11, all on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Live Extra.

Photo by Bradley W. Parks, Oregon Public Broadcasting