Clovis High alum and ex-University of Oregon star Jenna Prandini will seek her place in the Rio Olympic Games when she runs the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the U.S. Track and Field Trials, set for July 1-10 at her former college home track in Eugene.
The first round of the women’s 100 is scheduled for 12:33 p.m. Saturday, with the semifinals and final Sunday. Competition in the women’s 200 begins at 3:30 p.m. July 8, with semifinals July 9 and final July 10.
The top three finishers in each event at the Trials make the U.S. team, assuming they meet the Olympic minimum standard. Flotrack.org projects Prandini to finish third in the 100 and 200. She’ll also be contending for a spot on the U.S. 400 relay.
Prandini’s 10.95-second time ranks fourth on the USA Track and Field top marks list for 2016. Ex-Southern Mississippi standout Tori Bowie (10.80) and English Gardner (10.81), another Oregon alum, are the top two.
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In the 200, the 22-year-old Prandini (22.39) is fifth fastest in 2016. Bowie (21.99) and a pair of Oregon runners in Ariana Washington (22.21) and Deajah Stevens (22.25) are the top three.
Prandini won the 200 at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in June at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Jordan Hasay, the former Mission Prep High and Oregon star, will attempt to qualify in the 10,000.