Clovis High graduate Jenna Prandini, beating primarily college competition, made the USA Junior Pan American team Friday by winning the long jump at the USA Track & Field Junior Outdoor Championships at Oregon's Hayward Field.
Competing at her future college home in Eugene, Prandini won with a wind-aided 20-5 3/4. She had a personal-best legal jump of 20-4 1/4 – No. 1 for high schoolers nationally this season.
In a meet open to 14- to 19-year-olds, Michigan State's Ashley Stacey was second at 20-4 1/2.
Prandini's father, Carlo, confirmed that she will participate in the Pan American Juniors from July 22-24 in Miramar, Fla.
Coming off a triple-gold (100, 200, long jump) performance at the CIF State Championships at Buchanan three weeks ago, Prandini also placed fifth in the 100. She was timed in 11.51 seconds. Central Florida's Aurieyall Scott won in 11.12.
Prandini will run the 200 Saturday afternoon.
Clovis West's Anginae Monteverde tied for fifth in the pole vault at 12-5 1/2 – far off her state-championship mark of 13-6. Twin sister Alyssa was fifth in the heptathlon. The Monteverdes and Prandini all will attend Oregon.
Heath Reedy (Buchanan/Long Beach State) was third and Johnny Sanchez (Roosevelt/Chico State) sixth in the 10,000, Idarre Coles (Redwood/Cal) sixth in the decathlon and Lissette Mendivil (Redwood) 13th in the discus (126-11) after placing third in the state at 147-10. Her best is 156-10.
Willy Irwin and Jacob Budwig, 2010 graduates of Clovis East and Fowler, will compete in the discus today.