Ryan Chartrand

Cal Poly’s Sharon Day qualified in Wednesday’s women’s high jump preliminaries for Friday’s finals at the national outdoor track and field championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

The senior was one of 16 advancers to clear 5 feet, 9 _ inches – a mark she passed on her first attempt.

Day, seeking to add another national title to the one she earned in 2005, met the Olympic “A” qualifying standard with a leap of 6-4 _ May 17 at the Big West Conference Championships at Cal State Northridge. It remains the country’s best collegiate clearance this season, and the second-best throughout the nation.

Day, the sole Mustang competing at this weekend’s meet, won the national title in 2005 at 6-4.

Friday’s finals begin at 2:45 p.m.

The Olympic trials will be held June 27-July 6 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

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