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Briefs: Day 12th

Former Costa Mesa High standout, the reigning national heptathlon champion, hopes to gain ground on final day.

August 29, 2011

Costa Mesa High product Sharon Day is in 12th place after four events on the first day of competition in the heptathlon at the IAAF Track and Field World Championships on Monday in Daegu, South Korea.

The former Olympian will take 3,700 points into the second day.

She earned 1,023 points in the 100-meter hurdles by finishing in 13.69 seconds.

She produced 978 points by clearing 5 feet, 103/4 inches in the high jump.

She posted a mark of 46-103/4 in the shot put (813 points), then collected 886 points by running the 200 in 25.01.

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Jessica Ennis of England is atop the standings with 4,078 points.

Day, who amassed 6,058 points in June to win the heptathlon at the USA championships in Eugene, Ore., was the Newport-Mesa and Orange County Girls' Athlete of the Year as a 2002 graduate of Costa Mesa High.

She finished 10th in the heptathlon at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany.

— From staff reports

Fontein, Hernandez shine

UC Irvine senior men's soccer goalkeeper Andrew Fontein and senior midfielder Christian Hernandez are Big West Conference defensive and offensive player of the week, respectively.

Fontein posted a pair of shutouts against Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday and San Diego on Friday to help the Anteaters, ranked No. 24 in the National Soccer Coaches Assn. of America preseason poll, open their season 2-0. He had two saves in each contest and now has 22 career shutouts.

Hernandez recorded both game-winning goals. He scored in the 75th minute for the lone goal against USD.

He scored on a penalty kick in the 20th minute to break a scoreless deadlock in a 4-0 triumph at Nebraska-Omaha. It was his only shot on goal.

Sophomore Enrique Cardenas had two goals and freshman Trey Hayes added another on Sunday.

Miguel Ibarra had two assists.

The Anteaters resume play Friday when they play host to Gonzaga in a nonconference game at 8 p.m.

— From staff reports

Ledezma recognized

UC Irvine sophomore forward Natalia Ledezma was named Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Ledezma, a transfer from UCLA, scored two goals to help the No. 13-ranked Anteaters win a pair of games at the UC Riverside Invitational.

Ledezma scored the game-winner in the 51st minute of a 2-0 win Sunday over Mississippi State.

She scored the first goal in the 52nd minute of an eventual 2-1 double-overtime triumph over San Jose State on Friday.

Ledezma, who leads UCI (4-0) with three goals, was named all-tournament.

Freshman Cami Privett scored her first career goal in the 81st minute against Mississippi State, against which freshman Jennifer Radazzo had three saves.

UCI plays host to Hawaii Friday at 6 p.m.

— From staff reports

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