Thursday, December 17, 2015

Oregon's Jenna Prandini & Florida's Marquis Dendy win The Bowerman...

SAN ANTONIO, Texas—Oregon’s Jenna Prandini and Florida’s Marquis Dendy (above/photo by Paul Merca) were named the recipients of the Bowerman Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate track and field athlete at a ceremony at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa.

Prandini, a junior from Clovis, California, scored 49 points at both the indoor and outdoor championships for the Ducks, capped by victories indoors in the long jump and outdoors in the 100 meters.

Dendy, a senior from Middletown, Delaware, won both the long and triple jump titles indoors and outdoors, jumping 27-2 (8.28m) and 57-0 (17.37m) undercover and 27-8w (8.43m) and 57-5 (17.50m) outdoors in Eugene.

Dendy became only the second man in NCAA history to leap 57 feet or farther in the triple jump both indoors and outdoors (Mike Conley is the other).

Prandini’s 23 points scored indoors were the most scored by an individual since 2003, and her 26 tallied outdoors only trailed three-time Olympic champ Gail Devers and nine-time Olympic medalist Merlene Ottey in the record books.

The other finalists were Oregon’s Edward Cheserek and Akron’s Shawn Barber on the men’s side, and Stephen F. Austin’s Demi Payne and Kentucky’s Kendra Harrison.

Prandini is the fourth University of Oregon athlete to win The Bowerman, joining Galen Rupp, Ashton Eaton, and Laura Roesler.

Both winners are now competing as professionals.

NOTE:  The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.

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