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EUGENE – Three current and former Oregon Ducks qualified for the men’s and women’s 200-meter finals at the U.S. Olympic track and field qualifiers on Friday.

On the women’s side, former Oregon athlete Jenna Prandini and newly minted Duck Jadyn Mays advance to the finals after competing in a high-quality first heat. And on the men’s side, former Oregon star Kyree King secured his spot.

Prandini finished second in her heat and eighth overall, clocking a season’s best time of 22.26 seconds. Mays made it to the final with a time of 22.33 seconds, the third fastest among the runners who did not finish in the top two in their individual heats.

“It was a real thrill,” Mays said. “I knew the other runs would be super fast, so I paid close attention to the times. I’m glad my time held up.”

It’s a pivotal moment in 22-year-old Mays’ career and she admitted she was completely overwhelmed as she shared a heat with some of the world’s best athletes, including Sha’Carri Richardson.

“This is really a big thing for me,” Mays said. “It’s my senior year, I’m finishing up college and seeing what happens next. It’s really special for me to make this final. I really wanted it. I really wanted to try and squeeze in there.”

In the men’s race, King (20.25) was brilliant in his heat with the fastest 50 and 100 meter times, but then fell behind eventual winner Erriyon Knighton (19.93). Superstar sprinter Noah Lyles ran the best time of the day with 19.60 and pointed to his chest at the end of the race as if to say: “Who, me?”

King is booked for the final on Saturday, he said, and he wants to get off to a quick start on Friday.

“That was my plan all along,” King said. “Plan the race early, just ride easy and make sure I got placed. That was all. I made sure Erriyon (Knighton) didn’t get too far away. I knew he would get through the lap easily.”

The women’s 200m final will be at 5:27 p.m. Saturday at Hayward Field, while the men’s race will begin at 6:49 p.m.

— Ryan Clarke covers the Oregon Ducks and the Big Ten Conference for The Oregonian and is co-host of the podcasts Soccer Made in Portland and Ducks Confidential. Reach him at [email protected] or @RyanTClarke.

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