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Day-Monroe Again Earns Team USA Roster Spot for World Championships

Day-Monroe Again Earns Team USA Roster Spot for World Championships

EUGENE, Ore. — Cal Poly alumna Sharon Day-Monroe earned a spot on the Team USA roster for the upcoming IAAF World Championships for the fourth time in her professional career Sunday afternoon, scoring her sixth Top 3 heptathlon finish at the USATF Outdoor Championships since 2009.

Day-Monroe, representing ASICS, finalized a second-place total of 6,458 points on NBC, ending 42 behind the 6,500 compiled by ABEO's Barbara Nwaba.

It certainly wasn't the first time the two former Big West Conference greats have waged a back-and-forth championship battle, as the two have become the leading multi-event rivals in the U.S. in recent years. At last season's U.S. outdoor finals, for example, Day-Monroe topped the UC Santa Barbara grad 6,470-6,307 to claim her second consecutive (and third overall) national crown.

But this time, it was Nwaba who would secure her first title on the stage. She began the round at Hayward Field by moving into the lead, flipping a 20-point Saturday deficit to the seven-time All-American Mustang into a 36-point advantage thanks to winning the long jump at 20 feet, 5.25 inches (ahead of Day-Monroe's fifth-tallying 19-10.25).

Day-Monroe, however, closed the gap to just eight points through the javelin, as she threw for a third-place mark of 147-4, edging Nwaba in fifth at 142-8.

Nwaba then held on by recording a lifetime-best (& first-place) performance of 2 minutes, 7.13 seconds in the 800 meters, in front of Day-Monroe in fourth at 2:09.41.

The third and final Worlds bid went to Mississippi State senior Erica Bougard (who accumulated 6,288 points). The trio will compete from Aug. 22-30 in Beijing.

Later on Sunday, another former multi-time Cal Poly All-American, Maggie Vessey, lined up in the 800 championship final, one of the country's deepest events (as half of the global Top 10 hails from the U.S.), after advancing to the race Thursday and Friday.

With nearly a half-minute to go, though, Vessey fell to the track while the pack jostled for positioning, an unfortunate turn of events also resulting in Ajee' Wilson being unheeled before going on to finish third. Alysia Montaño went on to win at 1:59.15.

Additionally, competing in his second distance event over the four-day meet, fellow former Mustang All-American Ben Bruce (of Northern Arizona Elite) came in 18th place in the men's 5,000-meter run, at 14:15.71. Ryan Hill won with a time of 13:50.69.