Jun 20, 2013 8:58 PM by Andrew Masuda
Cal Poly graduate Sharon Day sits in first place in the women's heptathlon after setting two career-bests during day one at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa.
The 28 year old earned a total of 3,908 points for a 252 point cushion over second place Bettie Wade, who racked up 3,656 points. Chelsea Carrier-Eades sits in third with 3,604 points.
Day started the day with a career-best time of 13.54 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles to earn 1,044 points. She followed that up by setting a meet record in the high jump by clearing 6 feet, 2.75 inches to add another 1,106 points. Day later won the shot put with a top throw of 45 feet, 2.25 inches for another 779 points.
Day ended the day by running a personal-best time of 24.02 seconds in the 200 meter dash.
The two-time U.S. Olympian won the USA Outdoor heptathlon title in 2011 and finished runner-up in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Day finished 16th and was the top American during the 2012 London Olympics.
The final three events, the long jump, javelin throw and 800 meter run are on Friday. The top three at the end of the seven events will represent the United States at the World Championships in August in Russia.
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