Clovis High School track star defends title

Fresno, CA "I know that there's a lot of good people out there and they're working hard," said Prandini. "So I just think about that every day. If they're working hard then I need to work hard."

Such is the work ethic of the Valley's top-ranked 100 and 200 meter sprinter, and long and triple jumper. Just a junior, she enters tomorrow's Central Section Track and Field Championships the overwhelming favorite to repeat in all four events. And it's not just her opponents that have taken notice.

"I was over here waiting and I watched her and I was just like wow," said Clovis Pole Vaulter Karissa Bell. "She had them by 100! That is so awesome. I wish I could do that. That's amazing. I was like whoa!"

"I've never coached anybody at that talent level," Said Clovis Track Coach Greg Friesen. "We've had some very good athletes here, but I've never coached personally somebody that could compete at this level and still has more to give."

But while the individual accolades pile up for Prandini, she insists she just wants to be a part of back-to-back Valley team titles for Clovis High.

"We're all really close," Prandini said. "We all get along so good and we have so much fun out here. If I didn't have a fun team I wouldn't like track as much."

Off the track, Prandini carries a sparkling 4.0 GPA and will be Senior Class President in the fall. But she won't tip her hand on what lucky college will have its name on her jersey come 2011.

"I've gotten a lot of letters from colleges I'm looking at," said Prandini. "I'm keeping my options open because I still don't know where I want to go."

But like Clovis High right now, they will be happy to have her.

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