DES MOINES, Iowa — Jenna Prandini ran her fastest time in two years as she became the first former Duck to finish on the podium at the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Prandini placed third in the women’s 100 meters in 10.98 seconds Friday at Drake Stadium, behind NCAA champion Aleia Hobbs of LSU (10.91) and San Diego State’s Ashley Henderson (10.96).
Former Ducks Deajah Stevens and Ariana Washington didn’t advance out of the 100 semifinals Friday.
Neither did Oregon redshirt junior Cravon Gillespie in the men’s 100, which was won by Noah Lyles in a field-record 9.88.
Prandini, Washington, Stevens and ex-Duck Phyllis Francis are entered in the 200 prelims Friday. Stevens is the defending U.S. champion in the 200 and Francis is the reigning world champion in the 400.
The women’s 800 final Sunday will include former Oregon star Raevyn Rogers, redshirt senior Sabrina Southerland and Hanna Green of Oregon Track Club Elite.
Rogers won her semifinal heat Friday in 2:00.17, with Green holding off former Duck Laura Roesler for the fourth and final qualifying spot. Green finished in 2:00.69 to 2:00.84 for Roesler.
Southerland, the NCAA Indoor champion, was third in her heat in 2:01.28 to qualify.
In the men’s 800, Clayton Murphy of Portland’s Nike Oregon Project advanced to Saturday’s final, finishing second in his semifinal heat in 1:47.51.
In the men’s 3,000 steeplechase, Isaac Updike of Team Run Eugene had the fastest semifinal time in 8:25.82. American record holder Evan Jager coasted to a win in his heat as well, finishing in 8:31.79. Jager, a member of Portland’s Bowerman Track Club, will attempt to win his seventh straight U.S. Outdoor title Sunday.
In other finals Friday, Rutger’s Ruby Winkler won the men’s hammer with a throw of 242-feet,
Donald Scott won the men’s triple jump with a mark of 57-0, and Zach Ziemek won the decathlon with 8,294 points.