Jenna Prandini came out second best in a budding cross-country rivalry of 200-meter stars, as did her Oregon Ducks in the women’s team title chase Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Prandini was second to Florida’s Kyra Jefferson in the 200 final, the Clovis High alum finishing in 22.74 seconds to Jefferson's 22.63. It was a reversal of the previous day’s preliminaries, when Prandini qualified in a world season-leading 22.52 and Jefferson was next in 22.64.
Arkansas’ women later clinched their first team crown with three events to go, ending the Ducks’ string of five straight championships. Arkansas finished with 63 points, while Oregon was second with 46.5.
In the 200 final, Prandini broke out on top but Jefferson reeled her in down the stretch while establishing a career best. Those two have swapped the world lead: Prandini set the standard at a February meet and Jefferson, who is from Detroit, took it away a day later, only to see Prandini move back to the top of the list Friday.
Prandini was fourth in the 60 meters in 7.24, with Alabama senior Remona Burchell winning in 7.12. USC freshman Ky Westbrook (7.21) was second and Oregon sophomore Jasmine Todd (7.22) third. Prandini, who won the long jump Friday, and finished as the high scorer of the meet with 23 of the Ducks’ points.
"I think we showed we're scrappy and we can fight," Prandini was quoted at oregonducks.com. "We're not going to roll over and die when we face competition. I think we did really well at this meet, and we're going to get better as time goes on."
Oregon's men’s team clinched a title repeat in the penultimate event of the evening, with Eric Jenkins, Edward Cheserek and Will Geoghegan going 1-2-3 in the 3,000. That gave the Ducks an insurmountable 74 points, with Florida next with 50.
"You can't say enough about those guys," Ducks coach Robert Johnson said. "To be able to finish it off the way they did in the 3k is absolutely outstanding."
With Jenkins’ win in the 3,000, Oregon became the first school to win four distance events at the indoor meet. Jenkins won the 5,000 on Friday, the Ducks won the distance-medley relay and Cheserek won the mile Saturday.
Oregon needed 11 points to clinch the meet in the 3,000 but thanks to the sweep picked up 24.
"It's great to end with a race like that," Jenkins said. "You can't ask for much more."
Arkansas sophomore Omar McLeod repeated in the 60 hurdles with an indoor collegiate record of 7.45.
Florida’s Marquis Dendy added to his long jump title on Friday with the third-best triple jump in collegiate history, a 57-foot leap Saturday.
Vernon Norwood won the 400 with a time of 45.31 seconds for Louisiana State, while Texas Christian’s Ronnie Baker won the 60 in 6.52 seconds.
Texas Tech’s duo of Jacorian Duffield and Bradley Adkins both cleared 7 feet, 6 inches to lead the high jump, with Duffield earning 10 points for the Red Raiders by winning as a result of fewer misses.
Minnesota's Luca Wieland held on to his first-day lead in the heptathlon, winning with a total of 6,070 points, and Florida’s Stipe Zunic won the shot put with a throw of 69-31/4.
Edward Kemboi won the 800 for Iowa State with a time of 1:46.05, and Baylor's Trayvon Bromell won the 200 in 20.19 — the fastest time in the world this year.
In the pentathlon, Georgia sophomore Kendell Williams repeated as the winner with a collegiate record of 4,678 points — topping her previous best of 4,635 points. She finished first in both the 60-meter run and long jump, as well as tying for the top high jump mark of 6-feet.
Michigan State’s Leah O’Connor also had a meet-record performance in the women’s mile, finishing in 4:27.18. The senior’s time is the second in collegiate history.
Natoya Goule won the 800 run in 2:01.64 for Clemson, while Florida’s Kyra Jefferson won the 200 in 22.63 seconds.
Kentucky’s Kendra Harrison won the women’s 60 hurdles in 7.87 — the fourth fastest time in the world this year.
Freshman Raven Saunders won the women’s shot put at 61-1, and Florida’s Ciarra Brewer won the triple jump at 45-11.