Jenna Prandini sticks to the training she knows to prepare for Olympic Trials
EUGENE, Ore. - In the U.S. track community, Jenna Prandini is a well-known name. Prandini won the Bowerman in December 2015; it's the award given to the top collegiate track and field athlete. She says this award is just the start of a competitive year.
"Preparing for the Olympic Trials, that's my main focus this year," Prandini said.
She's hopeful she'll qualify, but Prandini knows a trip to the Rio Olympics is anything but a guarantee.
"The U.S. is known for being the hardest team to make and there are so many fast girls out there and everyone is going for the same three spots," she said.
The 2015 National 200 Meter Champion will wrap up her studies in March, and then she'll lock her focus on the Olympics. She plans to stick with the training that led to so much success at Oregon.
"I am definitely not adding anything new or anything different. I want to stick to the training that I know has been working for me since I got here. I don't want to go too crazy and get injured or something. Just continue to train hard but continue to train hard and continue to train smart as well," Prandini said.
She missed the 2012 trials due to a stress fracture in her foot. But she said she watched them and studied them. Perhaps her most valuable experience came just last summer when she took home a silver medal in the 4 x 100 relay at the World Championships.
"Everything that I did last summer as a whole really helped me to develop a lot as an athlete and learn the ins and outs of being a professional and really competing at a stage that I had never been at before," she said.
Prandini will compete in the 100 and 200 meters at the Olympic Trials. She's also considering entering the long jump.