Just days after being named the University of Oregon’s Female Athlete of the Year, Jenna Prandini’s track and field season found a setback when the junior from Clovis scratched from the Pac-12 Championships this weekend at UCLA because of an illness, the school announced Saturday.
Prandini’s absence significantly reduced the Ducks’ chances of winning a seventh straight women’s team title in the meet at Drake Stadium. It will conclude Sunday.
She was favored to sweep the 100, 200 and long jump for the second year in a row, worth 30 points. And she also has been running on a nationally ranked 400 relay for Oregon, which is ranked seventh nationally. USC of the Pac-12 is ranked second.
Prandini is ranked first in the world this outdoor season in the 200 (22.42) and is the co-leader in the 100 (10.92).
She already has qualified for the NCAA West Preliminaries May 28-30 at Austin, Texas.
The NCAA Championships will follow at Oregon’s Hayward Field June 10-13. It was there that Prandini placed first, second and third in the long jump, 200 and 100 last year for 24 points — the most scored in the NCAA finals since 2001.