Jun 21, 2013 7:35 PM by Andrew Masuda
Former Cal Poly All-American Sharon Day captured her second national heptathlon title with a lifetime-best performance on Friday at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Day, who won the 2011 national title and finished second in 2012, set a personal-best mark of 6,550 total points, which ranks #1 in the world this season and fifth all-time in American history.
"It feels pretty darn good. It will be really good momentum heading into the end of summer, and into August. I need to keep working on the little things, perfecting my technique and being consistent with all those things," said Day after winning her second title in three years.
Day set career-bests on Thursday in the 100 high hurdles and 200 meter dash, as well as broke a meet record in the women's high jump. She carried a 252 point lead over Bettie Wade, who was in second place into Friday's final three events. Wade ended up in second place at the end of the day with 6,018 points or 532 behind Day.
The former Mustang opened the second day with a career-best mark in the long jump of 20 feet, 2.5 inches. It broke her previous record of 19-10.5 and earned her another 899 points.
The two-time Olympian set a personal-best by nearly seven feet in the second event, the javelin throw. The 28 year old had the top mark of the day of 155 feet, 5 inches, which came on her third and final throw. The PR earned another 809 points.
Sharon clinched the title with a sixth place finish in the 800 meter run with a lifetime best time of 2:12.12. Her previous best was 2:12.63.
Day, who finished 16th at the London Olympics, qualified for the World Championships, which are set to take place in August in Moscow, Russia. "Everything was working today. I just focused in and tried to keep it light and fun. I want to score just as high or higher there," said Day, referring to the World Championships.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee owns the American and world record of 7,291, which she set in 1988. Day ranks fifth behind Joyner-Kersee, Jane Frederick (6,803), Hyleas Fountain (6,735) and DeDee Nathan (6,577).
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