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Prandini And Allen Punch Tickets To Olympics

Tim Healy for TrackTown USA

Two former Duck athletes qualified for this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo amid triple-digit temperatures at the U.S. Track and Field Trials in Eugene Saturday.

Oregon alum Jenna Prandini set a personal best of 21.89 seconds in the women’s 200-meter. She came in second to Gabby Thomas who set a Trials record and equaled the third-fastest time in history to win in 21.61, taking over the No. 2 spot on the all-time world performer list behind only Florence Griffith-Joyner.

Credit Paul Merca for TrackTown USA
Jenna Prandini placed second in the women's 200-meter finals at the USA Track and Field Trials on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

In the men’s 110-meter hurdles, former Oregon star Devon Allen, who was fifth at Rio, finished second Saturday. His time of 13.10 equaled his season best.

Also on Saturday, a new American record was set for the women’s hammer throw. DeAnna Price broke her own Trials record four times, topping out at 263 feet 6 inches. This makes her the No. 2 all-time performer for the event, and marked the longest throw in the world since 2017.

Sunday is the final day of competition at the Trials. The Tokyo Olympics begin on July 23.

Credit Tim Healy for TrackTown USA
DeAnna Price set a new American record in the hammer throw at the USA Track and Field Trials on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Sociology.
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