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Feb 22, 2014 1:30 AM

Former Cal Poly Star Day-Monroe Breaks American Record in Pentathlon

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Former two-time Cal Poly Women's Student-Athlete of the Year Sharon Day-Monroe broke the American pentathlon record on Friday afternoon at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in the Albuquerque Convention Center. It was the third consecutive national indoor championship for Day-Monroe, who finished with a score of 4,805.

Her total was 238 points ahead of her previous career best, and eclipsed the old record - which had been shared by DeDee Nathan (set March 5, 1999) and Hyleas Fountain (tied March 10, 2013) - by a margin of 52.

Day-Monroe had an 8.44-second time in the 60-meter hurdles, then cleared 1.88 meters (or 6 feet, 2 inches) to win the high jump, and proceeded to put forth marks of 15.59 meters (or 51-1.75) in the shot put and 6.09 meters (or 19-11.75) in the long jump to put herself in solid position to claim the record.

Needing a time of 2:16.87 in the 800 meters, Day-Monroe closed by finishing at 2:13.19.

Sami Spenner was the runner-up, at 4,496, followed in third by Barbara Nwaba, at 4,406.

In 2005, Day won the women's NCAA national outdoor-season high jump title for Cal Poly, with a clearance of 6-4.

Also a 2008 indoor and outdoor college All-American, Day went on to compete in the Olympics that summer in the high jump. She went back to the Olympics in 2012 in the heptathlon.

Day also starred in soccer for the Mustangs, as her 27 career goals are tied for fifth-most in school history. She was honored as the overall Cal Poly Women's Student-Athlete of the Year in both 2004-05 and 2007-08.

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