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Cal Poly Grad Day-Monroe Advances to IAAF World Championships

Cal Poly Grad Day-Monroe Advances to IAAF World Championships

SACRAMENTO — Cal Poly alumna Sharon Day-Monroe is headed back to the IAAF World Championships, as she qualified for Team USA in the heptathlon with a third-place finish at the USATF Outdoor Championships on Sunday on NBC.

She tallied 6,421 points over the weekend, and will join teammates Kendell Williams and Erica Bougard in England. London Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will welcome the world from Aug. 4-13, with the heptathlon scheduled for Aug. 5-6.

Williams, who earlier this month polished-off her NCAA career at Georgia with a third national title, edged Bougard, a former Mississippi State star, for the crown by a 7-point margin — 6,564-6,557 — while moving to No. 5 all-time in the U.S.

Starting the morning carrying 3,852 points from Saturday into Hornet Stadium, Day-Monroe took 10th place in the long jump with a mark of 19 feet, 4 inches on her second attempt, leading to a 131-point advantage (4,668-4,537) over Alex Gochenour.

Day-Monroe, representing ASICS, widened her lead to 319 points (5,530-5,211) by winning the javelin with a throw of 164' 5" on her first attempt.

Her javelin performance — which exactly matched her lifetime best from earlier this season (April 14 at the Long Beach State Invite) — set her up with more than a 20-second buffer over Gochenour leading into the finale, the 800 meters.

Day-Monroe clocked a first-lap 1:04.96 and then a 1:10.18 for a time of 2:15.14 to Gochenour's 2:13.21, thus holding off the former Arkansas Razorback who finalized a total of 6,129 points.

A Cal Poly Hall of Fame enshrinee, Day was a seven-time All-American and six-time conference champion as a Mustang from 2004-08, in addition to scoring 27 goals with 14 assists for the soccer team as a two-sport athlete.

Her pro career has now featured eight Top 3 finishes at the USATF outdoor multi-events since 2009 (when she committed to the heptathlon after being an Olympian and NCAA national champion high jumper), including titles in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

This is the fifth career IAAF Worlds heptathlon for Day-Monroe, who was ninth in Berlin in 2009, 16th in South Korea in 2011, sixth in Moscow in 2013, and 14th in Beijing in 2015. In-between those four, she took 14th place at the 2012 Olympics (her second Olympiad, after debuting in the high jump in 2008).

NBC will also televise the action from London, along with NBCSN & NBC Sports Gold. Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam, the gold medalist in Rio de Janeiro last summer, ranks No. 1 in the world this year, with 7,013 points in Austria in May.