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Clovis High's Prandini ponders college offers

Clovis High's Jenna Prandini has another All-America honor.

Now, it's time to pick a college. It's down to Oregon, Stanford and USC for the senior who added Track & Field News All-America to a similar honor from USA Today.

Clovis East's Willy Irwin, a discus thrower and shot-putter who graduated in June, also swept the All-America honors.

Prandini returned Sunday abuzz with Oregon's program after spending the weekend on campus at Eugene -- better known as Track Town, USA in track and field parlance.

"I'm still deciding, but I really liked Oregon, though," the sprinter/horizontal jumper said.

The Ducks' women placed second in last spring's NCAA Championships at their own Hayward Field.

"The facilities are amazing, really awesome," Prandini said.

A straight-A student who won state long and triple jump titles and placed second in the 100 meters in June at Buchanan's Veterans Memorial Stadium, Prandini has received coast-to-coast offers.

They've included Texas A&M, which pulled the rare double of sweeping the men's and women's NCAA titles last season.

But she has committed to staying on the West Coast: "I have so much family, I wanted to stay kind of close. I wouldn't mind going to Oregon, and they're in the Pac-10, so they'll come to meets over here [in California]. I loved it over there. I liked the kids on the team, and that's real important to me. I have to work out with them four years, so I want to make sure we get along."

Oregon's members include Arroyo Grande's Jordan Hasay, the former four-time state 3,200-meter champion from Mission Prep, who placed third Monday in the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

In final national rankings for the year, those based on legal marks, Prandini finished No. 2 in the triple jump (41 feet 9 1/4 inches), No. 3 in the long jump (20-2) and No. 5 in the 100 (11.34 seconds).

Irwin, who's playing football at Fresno City College and will also participate for the Rams in track and field, placed first in the discus (207-8) and second in the shot put (63-21/2) at the state finals.

His 208-10 discus toss in the state preliminaries finished No. 1 nationally by 3 feet.

Kings Christian on roll

Kings Christian, a 90-student private school in Lemoore, is on the best athletic run in its 33-year history.

The Crusaders won their first Central Section volleyball title last week in Division V after winning the D-VI softball crown last spring.

Alyssa Salas and Monica Munoz started for both teams. And both teams are coached by Lucio Montoya, who does "odds and ends" at the school, but doesn't teach.

"It's been pretty awesome, such a blessing," he said as the volleyball team prepared for tonight's Southern California regional playoff match at home against Victor Valley Christian-Victorville. "There are 90 kids in the school, and we actually had 22 in the volleyball program. It's pretty amazing."

Kings Christian is seeded second to Tri-City Christian-Oceanside in the regional. No. 7 Victor Valley Christian lost in the Southern Section D-5AA semifinals to eventual champion Desert Christian-Bermuda Dunes, but was included in the regional after Desert Christian declined to continue.

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