ALBUQUERQUE – UCLA volunteer assistant coach Sharon Day-Monroe set a new American record en route to her third straight pentathlon title on the opening day of competition at the 2014 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships held at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Under the guidance of UCLA associate head coach Jack Hoyt, Day-Monroe tallied 4,805 points to earn the victory and an invite to the IAAF World Indoor Championships that will be held in Sopot, Poland next month.
The record of 4,753 was previously held by DeDee Nathan and Hyleas Fountain. Nathan’s mark came on March 5, 1999 in Maebashi, Japan while Fountain’s record-tying mark came in Doha, Qatar on March 10, 2013.
Day-Monroe began the day with a lifetime-best 8.44 in the 60-meter hurdles, good for 1,030 points. Day-Monroe then scored 1,080 points in the high jump, clearing 1.88m/6-2 for the win.
Shot put was next, as Day-Monroe turned in her second personal best of the afternoon, tossing a mark of 15.59m/51-1.75 for 900 points. The two-time Olympian and two-time defending U.S. pentathlon champion moved onto the long jump next, leaping 6.09m/19-11.75 for second behind overall runner-up Sami Spenner (Columbus, Neb.) from Nebraska-Omaha.
Day-Monroe needed to finish the 800m in 2:16.87 to break the previous record and did just that, crossing easily in 2:13.19.