In track and field, there's one muscle that no athlete wants to worry about.
It's the hamstring, delicate and highly dependent. Injured hamstrings can heal quickly, linger for weeks or wipe out a season.
And now the best girls athlete in the state, Clovis High All-American Jenna Prandini, is worrying about hers after it felt tight Saturday at the West Coast Relays.
"It's a little nerve-wracking, but I'll work through it and be ready for Valley and state," she said while icing her right upper leg.
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She scratched the 200 meters at Buchanan's Veterans Memorial Stadium, but only after winning the 100 in a state season-best 11.88 seconds.
She didn't pull up, but she then pulled out of a high-performance meet that produced several state- and section-leading marks, featuring Exeter's Katie Fry (800) and Clovis East's John Brinson (300 hurdles).
"It wasn't like I pulled it," Prandini said, "but it was just really tight."
Most concerning is the fact this is already Round 2 with the hamstring hassle.
Her outdoor competition didn't even begin until a week ago at the Stanford Invitational -- a month late -- as she took no risks with the resistant hamstring.
She won there. She won Saturday. And she's running fast.
"I don't want anything bad to happen."
This occurs one year after Prandini won the long and triple jumps and placed second in the 100 in the state finals, and also recorded one of the nation's top times in the 200.
This season, she hasn't even competed in the horizontal jumps -- her likely future at NCAA power Oregon and maybe beyond.
She was counted on as one of the marquee participants in next weekend's national-class Arcadia Invitational -- with 27 states represented.
But that's on hold.
"I'm not going to rule it out for sure," she said. "I'll take it easy this week and, hopefully, it's just soreness."
Other highlights ...
Clovis East's John Brinson: So discouraged with the sport he didn't even finish his junior season, Brinson found himself on a lifetime athletic high after blowing down state-leader Sam Barkley of Mater Dei-Santa Ana and winning the 300 hurdles in 38.05 -- No. 1 in the state and 11th all time in the section. "I'm motivated, that's exciting, I'm happy -- real happy. I guess my next goal is to get ranked nationally and from there, hopefully, colleges will begin looking at me."
Stockdale's Blake Haney: He charged down the stretch to overcome Buchanan's C.J. Albertson to win the 1,600 in 4:16.54 -- second only to Reedley's Harry Nicholas (4:15.6, 1967) for a freshman in section history. Albertson, fourth in the event in the section finals last year as a sophomore, clocked 4:17.07. Haney, in a head-turning rookie double, also came back to win the 3,200 (9:31.80) -- ninth-best for a freshman in section annals.
Stockdale's Cody Brazeal: Placed third in 4:19.20, nearly breaking the section all-time list for sophomores.
Bullard's Evan Crayton-Crogan: The section's defending champion in the 400, improved his section season-best mark in the event by placing second in 48.47. It took a state-leading 47.72 by Rancho Cucamonga's Laijon White to beat him. Crayton-Crogan's time is No. 4 in the state.
Clovis' Ryan Phillips: Leaving the field behind at the 300-meter mark, Phillips won the 800 in 1:55.07 -- No. 1 in the section and No. 4 in the state.
Exeter's Katie Fry: In the top individual performance of a meet that drew 709 athletes from 79 schools, improved her state best in the 800 with a winning 2:12.14 and placed third in the 1,600 at a state eighth-best 4:56.56 -- beating her personal record by 3 seconds. In the 1,600, she paced the field for two laps before being overcome by Templeton's Savannah Camacho (4:55.26) and Saugus' Stephanie Bulder (4:55.67). "I'm pleased -- super, super happy," said Fry, recruited to UC Davis mainly for the 800. "I think the time [in the 1,600] was much more exciting than the place. And I won the 800, too. I'm stoked."
Clovis West's Anginae and Alyssa Monteverde: It was a big day for the senior Monteverde twins. Anginae won the pole vault in a state second-best 12-8. Alyssa placed second in the 100 (14.37) and 300 (43.57) hurdles -- times that rank fourth and second in the state.
Lemoore's Dominique Whittington: The senior is returning to the form of her sophomore season when she placed second in the section 400 at 56.32, placed second in her specialty in 56.24 -- No. 8 all time in the section and No. 1 for this season. She ended her junior season injured and didn't compete in the section finals.
Redwood's Lissette Mendivil: Flung the discus a winning 156-7 -- No. 2 in the state, No. 1 in the section and tied for ninth all time in the section.