Jenna Prandini is coming back to the United States with a medal from the world track and field championships in Beijing.
The former Clovis High School star earned a silver medal Saturday at the IAAF World Championships, running the third leg on the U.S. 4x100 relay team.
Jamaica won in 41.07 seconds. Prandini, English Gardner, Allyson Felix and Jasmine Todd finished second in 41.68.
“It was a great experience,” Prandini said. “We got the baton around and ran a really good race. I’m really happy.”
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Fresno Bee
The relay result capped an eventful meet for Prandini, 22. After failing to qualify Thursday for the 200-meter final, she signed an endorsement contract with Puma, launching her professional career. The move ended her All-America career at Oregon, where she was eligible for a senior season. She will, however, continue to train at the Eugene campus in preparation to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team in 2016.
Prandini was a 14-time indoor and outdoor All-American at Oregon, the school’s female Athlete of the Year the past school year and the Honda Sports Award winner as the NCAA Athlete of the Year for women’s track and field last season.
She won the 100 and took second in the 200 and long jump to lead the Ducks to the NCAA team title on her home track at Hayward Field. She returned there to win the 200 gold at the USA Track and Field Championships two weeks later.