Former Clovis High star Jenna Prandini of Oregon was a step slow out of the blocks and settled for third in the women's 100-meter dash Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Prandini finished in 11.42 seconds, tying Florida's Shayla Sanders, but got the edge 11.416 to 11.417. Prandini had run 11.11 while tying for the second-fastest time in Wednesday's semifinals.
Alabama's Remona Burchell was first in 11.25, completing a sweep of this season's indoor and outdoor titles in the 100. The race was run into a 3.4 meters-per-second headwind, accounting for the relatively slow times.
Ducks coach Robert Johnson called it "one of (Prandini's) worst starts," but she recovered with a powerful finish to pick up key points in Oregon's bid to win the women's team title.
Through three days, the Ducks have 43 points. Texas A&M is right there with 41.
"That's the best part of her race is the bottom end, and she showed that today," Johnson was quoted on the Ducks' website. "And we'll continue to tweak and fix and work on the first part."
Prandini experienced a similar start at the NCAA Indoors and didn't have time to recover at that shorter distance, finishing seventh.
"I kind of just focused on my own race, and tried not to panic and stick to my race model," Prandini said. "Indoors, I didn't really do well at that in the 60. Here, I got better at it, so I was happy."
Prandini, who won the long jump on Wednesday, will try for a second gold medal Saturday in the 200, where she posted the top time of 22.95 in qualifying on Thursday.
The 200 final is scheduled to start at 2:49 p.m.