Talasky caps terrific high school career with pair of state medals

Eisenhower senior TerryLee Talasky (right) stands with Sharon Harris, her sprint coach since seventh grade, at the PIAA Track and Field championships at Shippenburg University on Saturday

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – It was a fitting way for TerryLee Talasky to close at her high school track and field career.

The Eisenhower senior, like she has done so many times the last four years, stepped up in the biggest moment, earning a pair of medals at the PIAA Class 2A Track and Field championships at Shippensburg University, taking sixth in the 200 and seventh in the 100.

“I was impressed this week with TerryLee’s resiliency and how she handled the pressures of competing at the state level in Shippensburg,” said Eisenhower coach Darlene Beach. “The heat was an issue. She had six races over the two days. In this situation, an athlete races, works to stay hydrated and out of the sun for an hour or two, then has to get mentally prepared to meet the next challenge. TerryLee did great.”

A total of 16 athletes in each even qualified on Friday for the semifinals.

The semifinals were run Saturday morning, with the top three finishers in each heat plus the next two fastest times qualifying for the finals and guaranteeing a medal.

The 100 was up first and Talasky, running in the second and ultimately the faster of the two semifinal heats, finished fifth with a time of 12.43, which was among the next two fastest times. In fact, that time would have been good enough for second in the first heat.

In the finals, she ran a time of 12.70, with Thelma Davies of Girard College running a blistering time of 11.82 that came very close to breaking her own PIAA record set as a freshman to win the event.

In the 200 semifinals, Talasky ran in the first semifinal heat, finishing third to earn the automatic qualifier into the finals with a time of 25.54, breaking her own school record that she had just set a day earlier in the prelims.

In the finals, she clocked in at 26.20, with Davies taking the title and once again nearly breaking her own record with a time of 24.05.

Talasky’s two medals as a senior come on the heels of her fifth place finish as a junior in the 400.

In total, she qualified for states all four years as a Lady Knight, and will graduate a multiple school record holder in the 100, 200 and 400, as well as being part of the school record team in the 400 and 1600 relay, as well as a District 10 champion and state medalist.

Those accomplishments certainly leave an impressive mark and have her among the most accomplished track and field athletes in Warren County history.

She will continue her academic and athletic career at Seton Hill University

“TerryLee has had a stellar track career at Eisenhower,” Beach said. “I would also like to acknowledge sprint coach Sharon Harris, who has worked with TerryLee since seventh grade.”

In addition to Talasky, Jonah Samuelson wrapped up his stellar career for the boys on Friday in the 300 hurdles.

“Jonah has been a strong competitor and teammate. It’s tough to make the finals in the 300 hurdles, as they only take the winner of each heat and the next two fastest times.”

Also, Delaney Nizzi capped off a terrific junior season by competing in the long jump on Friday at Shippensburg.

“Delaney has a lot of natural ability and great drive,” Beach said.

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Latimer ends terrific junior year

Warren three-sport standout Lydia Latimer had to wait until Saturday to compete in the Class 3A high jump championships, where she finished in a tie for 18th place, clearing 5-0.

Competing in the morning session, Latimer was one of 10 athletes who cleared the 5-0 mark, but weren’t unable to clear 5-2 in their three attempts.

Council Rock North sophomore Kate Donnelly won the title, clearing 5-7, edging out Central Dauphin senior Taye Dairo and Cheltenham sophomore Bri Smith on fewest number of misses.

After excelling in both volleyball and swimming, Latimer capped her junior season by 3-peating as the District 10 champion and her return trip to Shippensburg.