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Oregon scored its first N.C.A.A. women’s track and field championship in 30 years last Saturday when Jenna Prandini won the 100 meters. Prandini finished second to Dezerea Bryant of Kentucky in an extraordinarily fast 200 meters race.
Just one day earlier, the Oregon men’s team repeated their 2014 victory, making it the first time the Ducks’ men’s and women’s teams have won championships in the same year. The wins were also significant, because they occurred on their home track, in the second year of an eight-year contract that sees them host the games at Hayward Field.
“We saw them go out there and win,” Prandini said of the men’s team. “We saw how pumped up they were. We didn’t want the men to outshine us, so we got on the track and did our thing.”
A junior, Prandini, won the 100 meters in 10.96 seconds, 0.01 of a second ahead of Morolake Akinosun of Texas.
In a surprising finish, Freshmen Raevyn Rogers, won the 800 meters, cutting almost two seconds off her personal best time with a run of 1 minute 59.71 seconds.
At the conclusion, the Ducks finished with 59 points, 26 of them from Prandini, who was second in the long jump on Thursday. Kentucky came in second with 50 points.
The Ducks did suffer one crushing defeat when their 4×100 relay team was disqualified for passing the baton out of the exchange zone. Florida won that relay in 42.95 seconds.