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Athletics: USATF News & Notes, Volume 9, Number 28

Day wins at Americas Combined Events Cup in Cuba

2008 Team USA Olympic women's high jumper Sharon Day posted a landmark personal best performance in winning the heptathlon over the weekend at the inaugural America's Combined Events Cup at the National Stadium in Havana, Cuba.

The America's Combined Events Cup brings together athletes from Member Federations in Consudatle (South America) and NACAC (North America, Central America and Caribbean), in a competition designed to promote combined events in the region. The event was held under the supervision of the North America, Central America and Caribbean Track and Field Association (NACAC) and the Cuban Track and Field Federation (FCA). A total of 18 men and 16 women from eight countries competed in the event.

Still a novice on the national stage in the heptathlon, Day, who won the Big West Conference heptathlon title last year with a then personal best score of 5,642 points, broke through the 6,000-point barrier for the first time in her career with her winning total of 6,063 points. Her performance is the best this year by an American.

Cuban Yariadmis Arguelles finished as the runner-up with 5,982 points, with Day's American teammate and 2005 NCAA champion Lela Nelson third with 5,817 points, and 2008 Olympic Trials seventh-place finisher Ashley Wilhelm finishing sixth with 5,153 points.

In winning his first international title since capturing the World Youth Championships decathlon gold medal in 2005, 20-year old Cuban Yordanis Garcia improved his personal best by more than 100 points with his winning score of 8,496 points, which is the third best performance in the world this year. Lifetime best performances in the shot put (16.50 meters/54 feet 1.75 inches) and high jump (2.10m/6 feet 10.75) propelled Garcia, who placed eighth at the 2007 World Outdoor Championships, to the victory.

2004 Olympian Paul Terek led U.S. participants in finishing the 10-event challenge with 7,430 points. 2006 USA Outdoor Championships fourth-place finisher Chris Boyles finished seventh with 7,131 points.

For more information on the America's Combined Events Cup in Havana, Cuba, including the complete results, visit: www.inder.cu.

About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.

For more information on USATF, visit USATF.org.


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