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Cal Poly Alumna Day-Monroe in Third Place After Day 1 of USATF Heptathlon

Cal Poly Alumna Day-Monroe in Third Place After Day 1 of USATF Heptathlon

Incoming Mustang Pole Vaulter Tjerrild Takes 5th at Junior Championships

NBC to Televise Live from 1-3 p.m. Sunday

SACRAMENTO — Cal Poly graduate Sharon Day-Monroe is in third place in the heptathlon at the USATF Outdoor Championships after Saturday's opening four events, and will begin Day 2 in Hornet Stadium with 3,852 points.

The Top 3 finishers will advance to the upcoming IAAF World Championships scheduled for Aug. 4-13 in London.

Day-Monroe started with a sixth-place 100-meter hurdles time of 13.50 seconds for 1,050 points before adding a third-place contribution of 1,016 from a high jump of 6 feet even.

A Cal Poly Hall of Fame inductee representing ASICS, Day-Monroe surged into first place with the shot put, where she dominated with a win of 50 feet, 10 inches — 5' 2.25" ahead of the rest of the field — to collect 894 points while moving into a 33-point lead.

She closed Day 1 with a 10th-place 200-meter dash of 24.94 seconds, good for 892 more points.

Sunday's events will start with the long jump at 11 a.m., continue with the javelin at 12 noon and conclude with the 800 meters at 1:28 p.m. NBC will televise the last day of the meet live from 1-3 p.m. PDT; earlier live-streaming will be broadcast on NBCSN & NBC Sports Gold.

Day-Monroe earned a lifetime-best javelin result earlier this spring, throwing 164' 5" at the Long Beach State Invitational on April 14.

Mississippi State alumna Erica Bougard, the meet's top seed (after scoring 6,502 in Austria in late May), holds the lead in the state capital with 3,966 points — a 41-point edge on Kendell Williams. Williams (3,925) capped her collegiate career at Georgia with a third NCAA outdoor multis title earlier this month.

At Cal Poly from 2004-08, Day was a seven-time All-American (including a national high jump championship) and six-time conference champion. As a pro, in addition to making Olympic teams in 2008 and 2012, her career has included seven top-three heptathlon finishes since 2009 at USATF Outdoors, among them titles in 2011, 2013 (when she compiled a career-best score of 6,550) and 2014.  

Day-Monroe is one of four former Mustang All-Americans at the meet.

Two-time Big West Conference champion John Prader tied for 13th in the pole vault Saturday, no-heighting 17' 8.5". Prader (who set the school record as a senior in 2013: 18' 7.25") ranks 25th in the world for 2017, with a season-best clearance of 18' 4.5" from the Austin Longhorn Invitational on April 29.

Then on Saturday evening, incoming Mustang pole vaulter Brooke Tjerrild tied for fifth place at the Junior (U-20) Championships, also being held at Sacramento State. 

Tjerrild, a recent National Letter of Intent signee from Clovis North High School, cleared 12' 3.5" on her second attempt before the bar was moved up to 12' 9.5".

Rachel Baxter won by getting over 13' 7.25", while the other spot in advancing to the 2018 IAAF U-20 games (next July in Finland) went to Carson Dingler at 13' 1.5".

Tjerrild, a three-time reigning Tri-River Athletic Conference champion, came in second place at the 2017 CIF State Championships with a PR of 13' 6" (seventh-highest nationally for the season — one of her six jumps of at least 13 feet as a Bronco senior). 

Alumni Stephanie Brown Trafton (women's discus) and Ben Bruce (10,000m run) each placed in the top 15 on Thursday night, and current Mustang sophomore-to-be Caice Lanovaz finished seventh in the juniors heptathlon on Friday.