Quartet set for PIAA track and field championships

Four Warren County athletes – Eisenhower’s TerryLee Talasky and Jonah Samuelson and Warren’s Lydia Latimer and Naomi Hahn embark on the 2017 PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University beginning today.

Talasky, Samuelson and Latimer all captured District 10 championships, while Hahn’s second place finish in the 3200 earned her a trip as a freshman.

Talasky, a junior will be making her second trip, while Latimer, a sophomore is going for the second time. Hahn qualified in her first attempt and it will be Samuelson’s first trip as a junior following a steady rise from a good hurdler to a district champion.

Here’s a brief break down of each competitors events and when they will be competing.

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TerryLee Talasky (200, 400)

Coach Mike Logue called the 400 Talasky’s best event and it shows with her No. 6 seed. Simply put, she is a serious medal contender with a time of 57.92 at districts.

The top seed is McKala Perry of Neumann Goretti at 56.01, followed by Nicole Scherer (Burrell, 56.69), Dasia Wilson (West Catholic, 56.73), Syndi Stovall (Springfield, 57.03) and Lydia Bottelier (Palisades, 57.89) and just ahead of Morgan Bower (Millville, 58.03).

She will run in Heat 2 with Wilson at 2 p.m. today, with the winner in each heat (there are four heats) plus the next four fastest times advancing to Saturday’s finals at 1:50 p.m.

In the 200 she checks in with a time of 25.84 which is good enough for the No. 11 seed out of 26 sprinters.

Thlema Davies of Girard College is the top seed at 24.70, with the event to be run at 4 p.m. There are four heats, with the top three in each heat plus the next four fastest times advancing to the semifinals at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday. Talasky has the third fastest qualifying time in her heat (Heat 2) at 25.84, behind Jada Smith (Swenson, 24.82) and Regan Hess (Annville-Cleona) and ahead of D-10’s Michaela Rose of Lakeview (26.09).

Should she advance to the finals (top 8) that will be run at 2:45 p.m.

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Jonah Samuelson (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles)

Samuelson is seeded 24th in the 110 hurdles (15.93), where Kane’s Jospeh Newton is the top seed at 14.40.

The 110s get underway at 11 a.m. with the top three in each heat plus the next four fastest time advancing to the semifinals at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday.

Samuelson is in Heat 4 with Newton, as well as West Catholic’s Dajone Avertt (15.33) and Penn Cambria’s Kamryn Stoy (15.34).

The 300 hurdles will be run at 3 p.m. on Friday, with Samuelson seeded 18th at 41.07. The top eight advance to Saturday’s finals (2:05 p.m.). Josh Booth of McConnellsburg is the top seed at 39.43, with District 10 champion Brady Corklin of Titusville seeded fifth at 40.03.

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Lydia Latimer (High Jump)

Latimer will wait until 9 a.m. on Saturday to compete. She is seeded tied for 24th at 5-1, although the competition is tight. She has jumped as high as 5-3 this season, which would have put her at eighth.

A PR or even a matching of her PR would put her in contention for a medal.

Taylor O’Brien of Plymouth-Whitemarsh is the top seed at 5-8, with three other jumpers tied for second at 5-5.

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Naomi Hahn (3200)

The freshman is seeded 24th with a time of 11:41.48.

Like Latimer, she will have to wait until Saturday at 9 a.m. for her event. Hahn is one of just three freshman to qualify in the event, including top overall seed Reagan Underwood of Wilson (10:41.18).

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