Day-Monroe Finishes Fourth in Heptathlon at U.S. Olympic Trials

Day-Monroe Finishes Fourth in Heptathlon at U.S. Olympic Trials

EUGENE, Ore. — Cal Poly alumna Sharon Day-Monroe narrowly finished fourth on Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Trials for the heptathlon, missing a trip to her third consecutive Olympics by just one place. Her final score of 6,385 points was only 17 back of the last Team USA roster spot clinched by Kendell Williams in third.

Barbara Nwaba won with 6,494 points, while the second berth at Hayward Field went to Heather Miller-Koch at 6,423.

Day-Monroe opened the afternoon with a 10th-place long jump of 19 feet and 8 inches on her second attempt. The 846 points upped her aggregate to 4,659 (good for fifth).

Then in the javelin, she moved into fourth in the standings after a sixth-place mark of 149' 4" on her third throw. Adding 774 points, she put herself in position with 5,433 entering the last event.

Day-Monroe entered the 800-meter finale on NBC needing to beat Williams by a 5.5-second gap to overtake her. She finished in 2:10.87 (for 952), second in the race to Miller-Koch (2:09.97) but 4.44 ahead of Williams, whose 10th-place 2:15.31 was good enough for a 6,402-point total and the trip to Rio de Janeiro in August.

A 2008 Cal Poly graduate, Day-Monroe had begun Day 2 in fourth, with 3,813 points Saturday.

The ASICS signee qualified for her first Olympics in 2008 as a high jumper (placing 24th in Beijing) and went back in 2012 as a heptathlete (coming in 15th in London).

With a career-best of 6,550 points in 2013, Day-Monroe has won three USATF heptathlon championships, as well as three in the pentathlon (in which she set the American indoor record in 2014).

Day-Monroe, the 2005 NCAA high jump champion, a seven-time All-American and six-time conference champion (five in the Big West and one in the MPSF) as a Mustang, was inducted into the university's Hall of Fame in 2015.

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