Talasky adds to legacy with 2 more gold medals; Samuelson, Nizzi punch state tickets

Eisenhower’s Jonah Samuelson competes in the 110 meter hurdles during Saturday’s District 10 Track and Field championships at Slippery Rock University. Samuelson went on to win the 300 hurdles and earn a trip to the PIAA championships for the second straight year.

SLIPPERY ROCK – Eisenhower senior TerryLee Talasky has been one of the most recognizable names in District 10 track and field the last four years.

On Saturday at Slippery Rock University, she etched her name in the books one final time, racing to victory in the 100 and 200 to earn a fourth trip to states in four years.

In capturing the 100, she now has won gold in all three sprinting events in her District 10 high school career.

She will be joined by fellow Eisenhower standouts Jonah Samuelson and Delaney Nizzi.

A year after finishing second and qualifying for states in the 300 hurdles with a time of 41.07, Samuelson performed even better as a senior, racing to victory with a time of 40.74.

Nizzi, a junior, saved her best for districts. Her leap of 16-3 in the long jump was good for second place, earning her the coveted trip to Shippensburg. It was also the best mark of her career, smashing her previous best of 15-6 1/2.

“We’re real proud of the kids and how hard they work,” said Eisenhower coach Darlene Beach.

For Talasky, even her missteps, which have been few and far between, are remarkable.

It looked as if she had defended her title in the 400, but she was disqualified for stepping on the white line for three steps. Had the time she posted stood, it would have broken the District 10 record, but instead Hickory’s Morgan Donatelli took gold with a time of 57.76 (the D-10 record is 57.62).

Nevertheless, it was a special day for Talasky.

The 100 meters was set to be a showdown, with the top four seeds all within a one-tenth of a second of each other. Instead, Talasky turned it into a runaway, besting her own school mark by a wide margin with a time of 12.26 (it was 12.64).

She will enter states as the No. 4 seed in the event.

What’s more is, the next three finishers – Lakeview’s Michaela Rose (12.55), Hickory’s Kaitlyn O’Kresik (12.65) and Harbor Creek’s Katie Wall (12.70) all met the 12.70 state qualifying standard to earn trips to Shippensburg as well, showing just how dominant Talasky was.

In the 200, she posted a time of 26.37, besting Rose by half a second (26.87). Jayme Sanner was third in 27.67.

Nizzi had her sights set on qualifying in the 300 hurdles as well, and still turned in an excellent showing with a fourth-place time of 49.97.

It was the long jump, however, where she excelled the most and earned her ticket to Shippensburg.

Actually, both Talasky and Nizzi also had a banner day in the 1600 relay as well, along with teammates Patricia Bortz and Aleea Giese. They set the school record with a time of 4:15.34. Talasky and Nizzi were both on the team that set the previous mark of 4:15.89, with this group taking almost six seconds off their previous best time.

They finished fourth, with Hickory clocking the winning time of 4:02.26.

“We are excited for TerryLee and Delaney qualifying for the state meet,” Beach said. “They are both such hard workers.

For Samuelson, he battled through an injury this season and saved his best for when it mattered the most. After a fifth place finish in the 110 hurdles, he came back to easily win the 300s, outdistancing second place finisher Tyler Majersky of Iroquois by almost a full second.

Willy Hoffman also medaled for the boys, finishing seventh in the pole vault, clearing 11-6.

Coach Ryan Hoffman said he was proud of Samuelson, Hoffman and sprinter Kelly Glotz – all seniors – for gutting it out despite their injuries

“I’m really happy for those guys,” he said. “We have a good group coming up behind them too.”

For the girls, Currie Hultman also stepped up big time to earn herself a medal.

Her throw in the javelin of 112-6 to earn a seventh place finish was more than 10 feet better than her previous best of 102-4.

Lydia Giannini, meanwhile, just missed out on a medal, finishing ninth in the shot put with a throw of 30-8 1/2.

The 400 relay team of Cameran Edwards, Bortz, Catrina Edwards and Emiley Wheeler finished 13th with a time of 54.95.

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