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Jenna
Prandini
100m, 200m & Long Jump

Biography

Jenna Elizabeth Prandini grew up in Clovis, Central California, and is the youngest daughter of Carlo and Theresa Prandini. Jenna was always active and athletic. She liked to compete in races with her older brother Mark and his friends and would most often beat them.  Jenna looked up to her sister Christine who was also a great athlete. Jenna was the little girl who would kick the ball far in the soccer field, run past everyone and take that pass from herself to score most of the goals to win the games!

Each of Jenna’s parents were the oldest of eight siblings, so she has been surrounded her entire life by a large extended family, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who have been her biggest fans! In fact the bigger the event the more family and friends would attend. This was never more apparent than at the 2015 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, when over 50 family and friends descended upon Hayward Field wearing, “Go Jenna Go” shirts to cheer on their favorite athlete! Their dedication was rewarded as Jenna scored 26 points and led the Ducks to their first women’s Outdoor NCAA National Championship in 30 years!

Jenna is particularly close to her grandparents. Harriet, her maternal grandmother, calls Jenna, “her little deer” and has spent time with her since she was little cooking, and sharing words of encouragement. Her paternal grandfather, Nonno, Carlo Sr. is 83 years old and has videotaped nearly all her races in person or off the TV or computer since she was in elementary school. He even traveled to Beijing to watch the IAAF World T&F Championships in the summer of 2015. He couldn’t miss his granddaughter wearing the USA uniform at the World Championships!

Jenna is also very close to her mother Theresa who was battling breast cancer when she started kindergarten.  Jenna didn’t want to leave her mother’s side as Theresa fought through the challenges of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. At the age of six, Jenna decided to help her mom and make the Thanksgiving meal. It was a hit and Jenna has loved cooking ever since. After her mother beat cancer, she became Jenna’s first track and field coach at Mickey Cox School. To this day Jenna and her mother have a special relationship as they strengthen each other in times of need.

Jenna attended public schools in her home town of Clovis taking advantage of a multitude of activities and sports excelling both academically and athletically displaying a determined, team oriented personality, a competitive spirit and tremendous work ethic from an early age. Through elementary and middle school she was a standout performer in soccer, volleyball, basketball and track but narrowed her focus as she entered Clovis High School to volleyball and track.

A club volleyball player and four year Varsity Letterman in Volleyball, her efforts were rewarded by being named All State 2nd Team her senior year in addition to multiple league and regional honors throughout the years. In Track and Field she dominated the local scene from her freshman year, was a six time All-American, won 5 California High School State Championships, garnered an USATF Jr. National Championship in the Long Jump and earned a scholarship to the University of Oregon! She was active in student government and was the 2010-11 Student Body President. In her senior year Jenna was named Central Section Student Athlete of the Year, the B’nai B’rith Scholar Athlete of the Year and was The Fresno Bee Track and Field Athlete of the Year for the third consecutive season.

At the University of Oregon, after a foot injury forced her to red shirt her freshman year, she steadily improved again displaying a determined, team first attitude that paid off with exceptional performances at the national and international level. During her time at Oregon she has been named an All-American 15 times, won 3 individual NCAA National Championships, led her team to the first outdoor championship in 30 years, was an Academic All- American, named University of Oregon Athlete of the Year, Track and Field News Outdoor Track Athlete of the year, The Honda Collegiate Track Athlete of the Year Award and in 2015 won the Bowerman Award for the best female Student Athlete in the country.

Jenna was the leading scorer in the 2015 NCAA Indoor National Championships with 23 points, won the Long Jump, finished runner up in the 200m, finished 4th in the 60m dash and lead her team to a second place finish. The outdoor season saw her turn in the second fastest 100 meter time in NCAA history, being crowned 100 meter champion at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships, while finishing 2nd in both the 200 meters and Long Jump.  This time garnering 26 points she led her team to a National Championship!

Two weeks later Jenna won the 200 meters at the USATF National Championships, earning a spot on the USA National Team. Later in August Jenna competed at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China where she earned a Silver Medal running on the USA’s 4X100 Relay.

With such an impressive track season, Jenna received multiple endorsement offers and decided to go pro and sign with PUMA. She completed her studies at the University of Oregon earning a degree in General Social Science with emphasis in business and economics. 

Jenna marked her first year as a professional by finishing 3rd in the 200m at the US National Championships and qualifying for her first Olympic Team and rounded out the season with 2nd in Paris and 3rd in Lausanne Diamond League events.

2018 saw Jenna win another US title over 200m and also take the 100m at the NACACs.  Consistent performances on the prestigious Diamond League circuit saw Jenna win over 200m in London and take four further podium positions across the season.

After a promising start to the 2019 sadly a foot injury cut her season short and 2020 was sat out as the Coronavirus impacted the whole world.

In 2021 Jenna qualified for her second US Olympic team competing in both the 100m and 200m events.

2022 is an exciting year as the World Championships arrive in Eugene and Jenna is already training hard to perform on the home track of alma mater.

As Jenna begins this next phase she wants to thank all the wonderful people who have helped her along the way growing up in Clovis, the sensational coaches, trainers and teammates she has had at the University of Oregon and of course her family and friends. Jenna is very close to her family and cherishes their love and loyalty. In fact she has taken that same sense of loyalty into her athletic endeavors. Jenna is loved and respected by her family, friends and teammates not just for her athletic achievements but because of her caring a giving heart.

100m Progression
2009 11.81
2010 11.34
2013 11.31
2014 11.11
2015 10.92

200m Progression
2011 23.75
2013 23.15
2014 22.60
2015 22.20
2018 22.16
2021 21.89

LJ Progression
2010 6.15
2011 6.20
2014 6.55
2015 6.80

Profile

Name: Resides: Height:
Jenna Prandini Eugene, Oregon 5'8''
Born: Sponsor: Nationality:
20th November 1992 Puma USA
  • 100m - 10.92
  • 200m - 21.89
  • Long Jump - 6.80m
A photograph of Jenna Prandini holding a Puma Running Shoe.

News

  • Jenna is an Olympian

    11th July 2016 – After 10 days of intense andRead Article

    Jenna runs 10.95 seconds at Mt Sac

    16th April 2016 – In her outdoor season opener JennaRead Article

    Jenna places 4th in USATF Indoor Championships 60m final

    12th March 2016 – Jenna ended her 2016 indoor seasonRead Article
  • Jenna wins the 2015 Bowerman Award

    17th December 2015 – Oregon’s Jenna Prandini, who starred in theRead Article

    Jenna turns professional

    After a stellar college career that has seen her winRead Article
    Jenna Prandini

    2015 IAAF World T&F Championships, Beijing, China

    Jenna won her first World Championships medal running the thirdRead Article
  • USATF 200m title for Jenna Prandini

    28th June 2015 – Jenna won the 2015 USATF OutdoorRead Article

    13th June 2015 – With gold in the 100m, silverRead Article

Performance

2021
World Athletics Diamond League, Eugene, 200m, 4th
Olympic Games, Tokyo, 4x100m, 2nd
USATF Olympic Trials, Eugene, 200m, 2nd, 21.89 PB
USATF Olympic Trials, Eugene, 100m, 4th
USATF Golden Games, Walnut, 200m, 4th
Taxas Invitational, Austin, 100m, 1st
Texas Invitational, Austin, 200m, 1st
USATF Grand Prix, Oregon, 100m, 4th
Texas Relays, Austin, 200m, 2nd
World Athletics Indoor Tour, New York, 60m, 4th, 7.19
American Indoor Track League 3, Arkansas, 200m, 1st, 22.55
American Indoor Track League 1, Fayetteville, 300m, 2nd, 36.68

2019
IAAF Diamond League, Monaco, 200m, 5th
Budapest, 200m, 3rd
IAAF Diamond League, Stanford, 200m, 5th
IAAF Diamond League, Oslo, 200m, 3rd
IAAF Diamond League, Rome, 100m, 5th
IAAF Diamond League, Stockholm, 200m, 5th
IAAF Diamond League, Shanghai, 100m, 5th
Fayettville, 100m, 1st
Fayettville, 200m, 1st
Texas Tech Shootout, Texas, 60m, 2nd

2018
IAAF Continental Cup, Ostrava, 4x100m, 1st
IAAF Continental Cup, Ostrava, 100m, 3rd
IAAF Diamond League Final, Brussels, 200m, 5th
IAAF Diamond League, Birmingham, 200m, 5th
NACAC Championships, Toronto, 4x100m, 1st
NACAC Championships, Toronto, 100m, 1st, 10.96
IAAF Diamond League, London, 200m, 1st, 22.16 PB
IAAF Diamond League, Monaco, 100m, 4th
Athletics World Cup, London, 200m, 2nd
IAAF Diamond League, Rabat, 200m, 3rd
IAAF Diamond League, Lausanne, 100m, 3rd
IAAF Diamond League, Paris, 200m, 2nd
USATF Championships, Des Moines, 200m, 1st
USATF Championships, Des Moines, 100m, 3rd
Racers GP, Kingston, 100m, 2nd
Cayman International, Georgetown, 100m, 1st
IAAF Diamond League, Shanghai, 200m, 6th
Mt Sac Relays, California, 100m, 3rd

2017
IAAF Diamond League, Lausanne, 200m, 4th
USATF World Championships Trials, Sacramento, 200m, 7th
Racers GP, Kingston, 200m, 1st
Racers GP, Kingston, 100m, 2nd
IAAF Diamond League, Eugene, 200m, 7th
Guadeloupe International, 200m, 1st
Guadeloupe International, 100m, 1st
Oregon Twilight, Eugene, 100m, 1st
Nitro Athletics Match 3, Melbourne, 60m, 1st
Nitro Athletics Match 2, Melbourne, 60m, 1st
Nitro Athletics Match 1, Melbourne, 150m, 1st

2016
IAAF Diamond League, Paris, 200m, 3rd
IAAF Diamond League, Lausanne, 100m, 2nd
American Track League, Houston, 200m, 1st
American Track League, Houston, 100m, 1st
USATF Olympic Trials, Eugene, 200m, 3rd

USATF Olympic Trials, Eugene, 100m, 5th
Harry Jerome Invite, Burnaby, 100m, 1st
Racers GP, Kingston, 200m, 2nd
IAAF Diamond League, Eugene, 200m, 4th
Cayman Invitational, Georgetown, 200m, 1st
Cayman Invitational, Georgetown, 100m, 1st
IAAF Diamond League, Kingston, 100m, 4th
Mt. Sac Relays, Walnut, 100m, 1st, 10.95 
USATF Indoor T&F Championships, Portland, 60m, 4th
Millrose Games, New York, 60m, 3rd
Tracktown High Performance, Portland, 60m, 1st

2015
IAAF World T&F Championships, Beijing, 4x100m, 2nd
USATF World Championships Trials, Eugene, 200m, 1st
USATF World Championships Trials, Eugene, 100m, 5th
NCAA Outdoor T&F Championhips, Eugene, 200m, 2nd
NCAA Outdoor T&F Championships, Eugene, LJ, 1st 6.80m
NCAA Outdoor T&F Championships, Eugene, 100m, 1st
NCAA Indoor T&F Championships, Fayetteville, 200m, 2nd
NCAA Indoor T&F Championships, Fayetteville, LJ, 1st

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