Clovis News: Sports

Local track stars make run at USA Jr. title

Clovis High's Jenna Prandini will compete against some college competition and Clovis West's girls will make a run at a national title in the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships Thursday through Saturday at Oregon University's Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Prandini, appearing at the venue that will become her college home for the next four years, is entered in the three events that she won gold medals in the CIF State Championships three weeks ago: the 100 meters, 200 and long jump.

But here's the catch: In a meet open to participants aged 14-19, Prandini, 18, will be stepping up in class.

In the 100, for example, her qualifying time of 11.51 is seeded fifth behind Oregon's English Gardner (11.03), USC's Jessica Davis (11.19), Central Florida's Aurieyall Scott (11.19) and Texas A&M's Ashley Collier (11.42).

Prandini is, however, top-seeded in the long jump (19-11 3/4).

Clovis West state champion Anginae Monteverde is seeded second in the pole vault (13-6). And twin sister Alyssa, who will join her and Prandini on scholarship at Oregon, is seeded seventh in the heptathlon.

Clovis West's girls, ranked third nationally, is also bringing another six entrants while competing with 12 other top teams for the Nike Track Nationals title, which will run in conjunction with the Junior Nationals at Eugene.

Others will Central Valley ties participating will be Lissette Mendivil (Redwood, discus), Heath Reedy (Buchanan/Long Beach State, 5,000, 10,000), Willy Irwin (Clovis East/Fresno City, discus) and Jacob Budwig (Fowler/Oregon, discus).