2017 Mt. SAC Relays

The Mt. SAC Women's Sprints Will Be Oregon's Present Vs. Its Past

The Mt. SAC Women's Sprints Will Be Oregon's Present Vs. Its Past

Oregon's best current and former sprinters will be facing off at Mt. SAC this weekend.

Apr 12, 2017 by Dennis Young
Check out the entries for Saturday afternoon's invitational 100 and 200 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays, which you can watch live on FloTrack:

Women's 100 Meter Dash
Section 1  Timed Finals
  3  Mandy White                      NIKE                        
  4  Jasmine Todd                     NIKE                        
  5  Schillonie Calvert-Powell        Altis                       
  6  Aleia Hobbs                      LSU                         
  7  Destiny Smith Barnett            UNLV                        
  8  Rushell Harvey                   LSU                         
  9  Ky Westbrook                     USC                         
Section 2
  1  Deanna Hill                      USC                         
  2  Mikiah Brisco                    LSU                         
  3  Miki Barber                      Unattached                  
  4  Hannah Cunliffe                  Oregon                      
  5  Jenna Prandini                   Puma                        
  6  Ariana Washington                Oregon                      
  7  Deajah Stevens                   Oregon                      
  8  Kortnei Johnson                  LSU                         
  9  Lisa Barber                      Unattached

Women's 200 Meter Dash
Section 1
  2  Brittany Brown                   Iowa                        
  3  Latessa Johnson                  SMU                         
  4  Kortnei Johnson                  LSU                         
  5  English Gardner                  NIKE                        
  6  Jodie Williams                   Adidas                      
  7  Kendall Ellis                    USC                         
  8  Jessica Davis                    Evo TC                      
  9  Chisato Fukushima                Japan                       
Section 2
  1  Natasha Hastings                 Under Armour                
  2  Deanna Hill                      USC                         
  3  Tynia Gaither                    Adidas                      
  4  Jada Martin                      LSU                         
  5  Ariana Washington                Oregon                      
  6  Deajah Stevens                   Oregon                      
  7  Jenna Prandini                   Puma                        
  8  Hannah Cunliffe                  Oregon                      
  9  Ella Nelson                      Puma
The top four seeds in the 100--the middle four lanes--are current/former Oregon sprinters, and lanes 5-8 in the 200 are the same five women, Hannah Cunliffe, Deajah Stevens, Ariana Washington, and Jenna Prandini. Alum Jasmine Todd headlines the first section of the 100 and English Gardner is the top dog in section one of the 200. It's an extremely clear demonstration of the degree to which the Oregon female sprinters under Curtis Taylor are slowly taking over American sprinting.

(A quick note here: Prandini still trains under Taylor, while Todd is at ALTIS in Phoenix and Gardner is under John Smith in Los Angeles. Washington, Cunliffe, and Stevens are all still currently on the team and have at least another year of eligibility remaining.)

That was already somewhat clear last summer at the Olympic Trials, which were at Hayward Field in Eugene. Gardner, Prandini, and Washington were first, fifth, and sixth in the 100 meters; Stevens, Prandini, and Washington went 2-3-5 in the 200; and alum Phyllis Francis was second in the 400. That's nearly half of the Olympic spots available in those events.

Since last summer, the current Oregon sprinters have only gotten better, too. Cunliffe broke the 60 meter collegiate record indoors, Stevens ran faster than the 200m American record at NCAA indoors before getting disqualified, and Cunliffe, Stevens, Washington, and Makenzie Dunmore teamed up to break the collegiate outdoor record in the 4x100.

They're building on the legacy established by studs like Gardner, Prandini, and Todd, who began tearing up the collegiate record books in 2013. Gardner eventually ran her college PR of 10.96 at NCAAs that year, but she ran 11.00 at Mt. SAC to become the No. 6 collegian ever at the time.

Prandini was only seventh in that race, but two years later, she won the Mt. SAC 100 in 10.92 seconds, still the fastest time by a collegian in the last 27 years and the fastest ever by a collegian at sea level.

Two years after that, can one of Cunliffe, Washington, or Stevens run 10.9 on Saturday? Which of the six current or former Oregon women will even have the best performance? We'll find out then.

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