Former Clovis High star Jenna Prandini won her 200-meter heat Friday at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, advancing to the semifinals in her bid to make the American team for the Rio Games next month.
Prandini won her heat at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., in 22.72 seconds to lead all qualifiers. Tori Bowie had the second-fastest time at 22.74.
I felt good. I just wanted to get out here and get a race under my belt. I did that so I’m happy. I got out hard and then relaxed and got through as easy as possible. I wanted to make sure I got a lane for the semi, but stay relaxed.
The top three finishers in each of the six heats plus the next top three times advanced to the semifinals Saturday, which are scheduled to begin at 4:40 p.m. The final is scheduled for 5:11 p.m. Sunday.
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Prandini last week just missed a spot on the U.S. team in the 100 meters, finishing fifth in the final on Sunday.
Bullard grad falls short in discus – Nate Moses, a former Bullard High and Fresno City College athlete, saw his Olympic journey end Friday as he placed sixth in the men’s discus final.
Moses’ first throw of 196 feet, 5 inches, held on for sixth place in the 12-man final, though he faulted on four of his next five attempts.
Mason Finley (208-1), Tavis Bailey (202-0) and Andrew Evans (200-10) took the top three spots to make the U.S. team.
Moses finished seventh in Thursday’s prelims at 196-5.