Jun 29, 2014 2:45 AM by Travis Clark
SACRAMENTO - Sharon Day-Monroe won her third national outdoor heptathlon title in four years at the USA Track and Field Championships on Saturday afternoon, adding to her first-day lead on the way to finishing with 6,470 points.
After beginning the morning in Hornet Stadium with a 123-point edge over Barbara Nwaba, the seven-time All-American at Cal Poly came down at 19 feet, 2.5 inches in the long jump. Nwaba, thanks to a mark of 19-9, closed to 71 points behind the former Mustang.
In the javelin, however, Day-Monroe used her second attempt to respond with a throw of 153-8 on a five-step approach. It was the No. 1 performance in the field and pushed her back ahead by 131.
Day-Monroe, a 2008 and 2012 Olympian representing ASICS, entered the last event - the 800 meters - knowing she had the advantage of a nine-second cushion in her back pocket.
Ultimately, she didn't need it, running to a sixth-place time of 2:11.54, in front of Nwaba's (eighth-place) 2:13.76. It finalized a 163-point margin of victory over her Santa Barbara Track Club rival.
Other keys to Day-Monroe's weekend were Day 1 PRs in the 100 hurdles (13.42 seconds) and shot put (50-8.25).
Her previous championships came in 2011 (with a score of 6,058) and last summer (6,550).
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