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Multi-faceted Day finds success in heptathlon

Track & Field

Former Costa Mesa High standout competes at U.S. Olympic Trials Friday and Saturday.

June 26, 2012|By Steve Virgen
  • Sharon Day, a former Costa Mesa High standout, begins competition in the heptathlon at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Friday.
Sharon Day, a former Costa Mesa High standout, begins… (Courtesy of Asics )

Back in high school when Sharon Day was building herself as the greatest athlete to come out of Costa Mesa High, she competed in volleyball, soccer and track and field.

In the spring, she excelled in track and field. At most meets, she racked up several points competing in four events. She wanted to do more.

"You were only allowed to do four events," Day said. "I had to pick and choose."

Day is taking on much more these days in her quest to medal at the London Olympics. She's aiming to qualify for the London Games at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She competes in the heptathlon Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

"I'm feeling really good about it," Day said of qualifying for the Olympics. "My training has been phenomenal. I'm not necessarily trying to peak, but I just want to have a solid meet, get solid marks, make the team and turn my attention toward peaking in London. I feel really good about my chances. I'm the only American to have an 'A' standard. It's really less stressful."

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Day, who qualified for the 2008 Olympics in the high jump, earned the 'A' standard at the Sam Adams Multi-Events meet at Westmont College in Santa Barbara in April.

She set a personal record of 6,337 points to win the heptathlon, compiling points from competing in the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shotput, 200 meters, long jump, javelin and 800 meters. She showed she found her niche as a heptathlete.

Eugene Day knew that could be the case back when his daughter competed for Costa Mesa.

"I knew sophomore year in high school," said Eugene, who coached his daughter in track and field. "Sharon is the kind of person that loves a challenge and at the same time doing track she wants to do multiple events. She gets better with doing more events."

Sharon Day finished 12th in high jump qualifying at the Beijing Games, and later turned her focus on the heptathlon. She admits she's now a different athlete, mentally and physically. Much has happened in the past four years.

She just turned 27 on June 9. After finishing up at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2008, she signed with Asics. A year later, Oakley came with a sponsorship for her.

Sharon Day found love too.

This past winter, she became engaged to Dan Monroe, who also attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is a girls' basketball coach at San Luis Obispo High. They've been together for three years and plan to marry next year.

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