Does it surprise you that our Best Coach and Best Female Athlete awards went to those with the Oregon track & field program? It shouldn't. Last week, Oregon track coach Robert Johnson won Best Coach in our Webfoot Awards. Today, we hand the Best Female Award off to Jenna Prandini.
Prandini played a crucial role in helping the Women of Oregon take home their first outdoor track & field national title in three decades, winning the 100 and placing second in the 200. What's perhaps most impressive isn't the fact she won the individual national title in the 100, but that she set a UO school record in the 200 (22.21 seconds) less than an hour after winning the 100. The quick turnaround came with a new schedule that split men's and women's competition to separate days in order to help the fans follow the meet and hopefully create a more exciting finish to follow.
Later in June, Prandini broke her own school record in the 200 at the USATF Outdoor National Championships, becoming just the second collegiate female to win a national title in the 200 and thus, earn a spot on Team USA at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing next month.
Here's how the final voting broke down:
Watch Prandini's performances at both NCAAs and USAs below.