Over the last couple of months, FishDuck.com has honed in on both the Ducks’ basketball and football teams. We have provided tons of articles recapping, analyzing and predicting players and/or games that allowed us as Duck fans to be well aware of what’s going on with both of these sports. With that being said, one sport that has not been heavily discussed is the Oregon’s track & field team. The month of January for the women’s collegiate indoor track & field team proved to be eventful as reflected by two Oregon women being featured in The Bowerman Watch List for February.
If some of readers are confused on what exactly this award is all about, it’s basically one of the most prestigious awards in track & field. Similar to The Heisman for collegiate football, The Bowerman is awarded each year to both the top male and female athletes in the entire NCAA track & field. A list ranking the top ten women that The Bowerman Watch List Committee is considering was announced on Thursday February 5th. The two Ducks that were part of this well-recognized list are redshirt junior Jenna Prandini and redshirt sophomore Jasmine Todd. Coming from Clovis, California, Prandini participates in sprints/jumps and is currently ranked third among collegiate females in the long jump at 6.46 meters. Plus, she’s ranked sixth in 60-meter sprints at 7.24 seconds. Meanwhile Todd, who attended high school in Chandler, Arizona, is the current collegiate leader for the 60-meter sprint in 7.15 seconds. Her performance in the long jump has landed her at No.13th in the NCAA.
Although both Prandini and Todd are not at the top of this outstanding list, they are still considered a force to be reckoned with. Prandini sits at No.7, while Todd is at No.8. One significant aspect of February’s list is that all the other female track & field stars have made a previous appearance on this list in January except for Todd. Another interesting fact of this month’s list is that the Ducks and Georgia Bulldogs are the only collegiate teams that feature two athletes on the list.
The ultimate dream for any track & field star at the collegiate level is to win The Bowerman award. In order for either Prandini or Todd to win this outstanding accolade, they will need to continue appearing on the list in the future months. There’s no doubt in my mind that they will be featured on more lists as Oregon coaches will be keeping them on track (literally and figuratively).
Top Photo by Gary Breedlove
Hey! My name is Austin Willhoft and I’m currently a freshman at the University of Oregon studying Journalism. I lived my whole life down in sunny and beautiful Laguna Beach, CA where I completed all of my prior education. I always have been into sports writing/reporting mostly due to the fact that I love watching, analyzing, and playing all kinds of sports. However, if I were to narrow it down between two sports, it would be basketball and football, both of which I played heavily in high school. I’m thrilled to be working for FishDuck.com and most importantly being a third generation to attend the UO. Sko Ducks!
For Football Season: FishDuck Back to Seven Days a Week!
I had to shut down the daily articles on July 20th because I could no longer work the extra 3 to 12 hours per week of certain managerial/editorial duties. (beyond the usual ones with FishDuck)
I’ve had a blast writing without those duties, and now, due to a new agreement with the writers, I can announce that we will have articles seven days a week again. I wish to thank the writers publicly for their graciousness in coming to a solution, as now I still do not have do those extra duties with our agreement, and meanwhile the writers are back having fun creating articles as I am.
Everybody is happy! So below is the new schedule through football season:
Monday: Mr. FishDuck
Tuesday: Darren Perkins
Wednesday: Joshua Whitted & Mr. FishDuck
Thursday: Coach Eric Boles & Alex Heining
Friday: David Marsh
Saturday: Mr. FishDuck (GameDay Baby!)
Sunday: Jordan Ingram
A couple of writers could not join us as they have new projects in their lives, and cannot write for anyone at the moment–but perhaps we will see them back later.
Things rarely work out so well for all parties in agreements, but this time it has and truly….everyone wins!
Our 33 rules at FishDuck can be summarized to this: 1) be polite and respectful, 2) keep it clean, and 3) no reference of any kind to politics. Easy-peasy!
FishDuck members….we got your back. No Trolls Allowed!