Jenna Prandini’s journey on the Road to Rio continued Saturday, as the Clovis High alum and ex-Oregon star qualified for the 100-meter semifinals at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials at her former college home track in Eugene.
Prandini finished first in her opening-round heat, clocking in at 10.81 seconds (3.6 wind) to lead all qualifiers. English Gardner, also an Oregon alum, was second fastest along with ex-Southern Mississippi standout Tori Bowie at 10.90 (1.8).
Semfinals are 4:02 p.m. Sunday, with the final at 5:44 p.m.
“Just try to stick to my race model and relax throughout the whole race,” she said of her approach, during an interview with NBC Sports. “I knew if I can do that I can get through the next round. Just perform the way I know I can.”
Prandini also will run in the 200, which begins with the first round at 3:30 p.m. July 8.
Top three finishers in each event at the trials make the U.S. team, assuming they meet the Olympic minimum standard.
Flotrack.org has projected Prandini to finish third in the 100 and 200. She'll also be contending for a spot on the U.S. 400 relay.
Prandini won the 200 at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in June at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Ex-Mission Prep star Jordan Hasay, also an Oregon alum, finished ninth in Saturday 10,000-meter final. She was timed in 32:43.43 in a race won by ex-Notre Dame star Molly Huddle in 31:41.62.