Jenna Prandini, the fastest female track and field sprinter in the world this outdoors season, was named the University of Oregon’s Female Athlete of the Year on Monday.
The junior from Clovis High is ranked No. 1 in the world in the 200 meters (22.42 seconds) and is tied with Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson in the 100 (10.92). In addition, she’s part of a Ducks 400 relay (43.31) that’s ranked seventh.
Her 100 and 200 times are school records at the perennial NCAA power. She’s an eight-time outdoors and indoors All-American — six in individual events and two in relays.
All-America status requires top eight finishes in NCAA championships.
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Prandini, a five-time state champion and 13-time Central Section gold medalist from 2008-11 at Clovis, scored 24 points in last season’s NCAA Outdoors Championships on her home track at Hayward Field — the most totaled at the NCAA finals since 2001.
She did that by winning the long jump (21-6), placing second in the 200 (22.63) and third in the 100 (11.42).
Prandini is a five-time Pac-12 champion, and she’ll attempt to add to that total in the conference’s championships this weekend at UCLA.
The NCAA finals will return to Oregon on June 10-13.