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Jenna Prandini wins U.S. title at 200 meters, headed to Bejing World Championships

Jenna Prandini wins U.S. title at 200 meters, headed to Bejing World Championships

Oregon Ducks sprinter Jenna Prandini won her first U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships title in her young career Sunday afternoon, claiming the 200 meters in 22.20 seconds at Hayward Field.

Her victory means current or former Oregon Ducks have won berths in August’s IAAF World Championships’ three sprint races. English Gardner and Jasmine Todd qualified in the 100 Friday and Phyllis Francis followed in the 400 on Saturday.

The Hayward crowd got on their feet for Jenna Prandini (Clovis, California), who won the NCAA 100 meters two weeks ago, solidified her spot on Team USA with a victory in the women’s 200 meters. Prandini ran a lifetime best and University of Oregon record.

Prandini will be joined in Beijing by Candyce McGrone (Indianapolis, Indiana) and Jeneba Tarmoh (San Jose, California), who finished 2-3 in 22.38 and 22.44, respectively. Fourth-place finisher Kaylin Whitney (Clermont, Florida) set a new World Youth record with her time of 22.47.

Jenna Prandini is only the second collegian to ever win the U.S. 200, joining Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU in 2013.

VIDEO: Women’s 200m Final – USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships 2015

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