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2 Fresno-Natives Qualify for the Olympics in the 200 Meter Final

Jul 13, 2016 03:27PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Jenna Prandini and Deajah Stevens. Photo courtesy of

Sunday marked the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Two women from the Fresno area competed, and both placed for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. 

Jenna Prandini attended Clovis High School, and more recently attended University of Oregon. In order to qualify for the Olympics, Prandini needed to place in one of the top 3 spots. Amazingly, she was able to beat out four-time gold medalist Allyson Felix by one-one hundredth of a second, for a total time of 22.53 seconds, to secure the third place position.

When Prandini was interviewed by the Register-Guard News she said, “I don’t really know what happened. But it got the job done, it worked. I have some little scrapes, but I can’t feel it right now.” 

She will be running the 200 meter race in Brazil. 

Deajah Stevens, a former student at College of the Sequoia, also competed in the 200 meter race. Deajah was a strong second, finishing with a time of 22.30. Both runners were shocked at their beating of Allyson Felix, who was the anticipated winner. 

To view the full list of Olympic Trials results, you can visit this website


Fox26 KMPH News, "2 Valley runners headed to Rio"

The Register-Guard, "Oregon Ducks’ Deajah Stevens, Jenna Prandini punch their tickets for Rio in women’s 200 meters"

Oregon Live, "Oregon Ducks Deajah Stevens and Jenna Prandini make the Olympic team in the 200, Allyson Felix does not"