Track and Field News: Oregon Ducks Jenna Prandini Named College Athlete Of the Year


The Oregon Ducks Track and Field teams ended their seasons on a high note. The Men’s team won back to back National Titles and the Oregon Women won their first team title in thirty years. Much of the success in the NCAA Championships this season went to Junior Jenna Prandini who participated and scored in three events during the Championships at Hayward Field. She placed second in the Long Jump, second in the 200 meters and took the Championship in the 100 meter final. She then took to Hayward again for the USA Track and Field Championships and won the 200 meters.

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The season Prandini had was one for the record books and Track and Field News took notice and named her

Women’s College Athlete of the Year

.  The last Oregon Duck to win Athlete of the Year was Brianne Theisen in 2012. Former Oregon Star Galen Rupp was College Athlete of the Year for the men in 2009. Another Oregon athlete made the list, as an Honorable Mention performance on their annual list. Edward Cheserek was honored for combined events for his performance in the 5000 meters and the 10000 meters.

Ken Goe from the Oregonian said Jenna Prandini was also named a finalist for the Bowerman Trophy last week on Wednesday. The award is equivalent to Football’s Heisman Trophy. Prandini could become the first back to back winner of the Bowerman after Laura Roesler took home the honor last season for the Oregon Ducks.

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