You are here

Oregon wins national championship with the help of redshirt junior

2015 Division I Women’s Track and Field

A national championship has been four years in the making for University of Oregon redshirt junior Jenna Prandini. Since she set foot on campus, the mandate has been clear: The Ducks would win their first outdoor track national championship in three decades.

“Ever since I’ve been here, they’ve been emphasizing winning that team title outdoors,” Prandini said. “We’ve never been able to get it.”

But after a 30-year drought, the Ducks captured the national title June 13 in Eugene, Oregon, finishing nine points better than second-place University of Kentucky.

Prandini secured Oregon’s overall win after a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash. She was also crowned champion in the 100-meter dash.

The Ducks were disqualified in the final of the 4x100-meter relay, but they refused to buckle as the competition wore on.

“We’ve been second at this one for a long time,” head coach Robert Johnson said. “So for us to finally get one, on the anniversary of the ’85 team, is pretty special.”

The previous day, Prandini watched the Oregon men’s team capture a championship. This fueled her to help her teammates earn what they had been working for all year.

“To come out here and do it in front of this crazy crowd, it’s incredible,” Prandini said. “I don’t even know how to explain it.”

The Results
2015 Division I Women’s Outdoor Track and Field

1st: Oregon, 59
2nd: Kentucky, 50
3rd: Texas A&M, 47

Montene Speight, Texas Tech

About Champion

Champion magazine goes behind the headlines and beyond the scoreboards to celebrate the unique connection between Americans and college sports. Champion is published by the NCAA.