Ex-Clovis High star Jenna Prandini edged for NCAA 200 title in a photo finish (video)

Bee staff and news servicesJune 14, 2014 

Texas A&M's Kamaria Brown, left, and Oregon's Jenna Prandini lunge for the finish line during the women's 200 meters at the NCAA Track and Field Championships on June 14, 2014, in Eugene, Ore. Brown won and Prandini took second.

RICK BOWMER — ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ex-Clovis High star Jenna Prandini was edged in a photo finish in the women's 200 at the NCAA Track and Field Championships on Saturday, but added a third top-three finish to her list of All-America performances as the four-day meet wrapped up in Eugene, Ore.

Prandini of Oregon jumped out to the lead but was steadily reeled in by Texas A&M junior Kamaria Brown. Both received posted times of 22.63 seconds, but Brown got the win when the clockings were taken to the next decimal point (22.623 to 22.630).

A redshirt sophomore, Prandini finished third for the Ducks in the 100 in 11.42 on Friday after a slow start out of the blocks. She won the long jump with a top leap of 21 feet, 6 inches on Wednesday.

All of her finishes added major points to Oregon's bid for the women's team title, but Texas A&M wound up the champion. The Aggies won it on the final event of the day, their total of 75 topping Texas (66) and the Ducks (59).

Oregon won the latest of its five straight indoor titles in March 44-43.5 over Texas. But the Ducks' last women's outdoor title came in 1985.

The Ducks did win the men's title, with senior Mac Fleet successfully defending his title in the 1,500 and denying Arizona senior Lawi Lalang a ninth national title in his final college race

Fleet pulled ahead down the stretch and bore down for the final 50 meters to win in a personal-best 3 minutes, 39.09 seconds, with Lalang close behind in 3:39.13 to the delight of the Ducks’ home crowd at Hayward Field.

Oregon's men (88 points) won their first outdoor national title since 1984. Florida finished second with 70. The Gators and Texas A&M were the co-champions last year.

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