All-American. Pac-12 Champion. NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship Hurdler. It’s safe to say that Talie Bonds has a long list of track and field accolades.
However, those accolades and the spectacular student-athlete that Bonds has become wouldn’t have been possible without her older sister’s influence when Talie was a high school freshman who dreamed of playing collegiate volleyball.
“I started running track my high school freshman year,” said Bonds. “The only reason I did it was because my older sister did it and she really loved it. I decided to give it a try, even though I hated running. My dream was to go to college and play volleyball.”
Taking a chance on running helped Talie gain Gatorade Player of Year honors in 2017 before receiving a scholarship to be a heptathlete at Utah State University. Two years later she transferred to Arizona, focusing on the 100m hurdles and the high jump, which paid dividends at the 2022 Pac-12 Outdoor Championships, where she won the high jump and placed third in the short hurdles.
From the start, Talie’s sister, Tiana (who also competed in track and field at Arizona), provided a huge impact on Talie’s development.
“She was a senior when I was a freshman in high school, so we got to do one year together, which was so much fun,” said Talie. “She was like a coach to me instead of a teammate and she taught me everything that she knew. She’s one of the main reasons why I started and has helped me through the whole process of sports.”
Talie’s support system for becoming a Division I student-athlete doesn’t just stem from her sister Tiana, it includes her mom who was a track athlete, her dad played basketball, and her other sister, Quincy, who is a member of the Arizona soccer team. The Bonds family is familiar with the world of sports and supportive of Talie’s pursuits as an athlete.
“We would go out to the track after volleyball, because I was doing volleyball at the same time, and we would do our workouts together,” Talie said about her mom. “My parents have been to almost every single meet I’ve ever had, including the collegiate ones, so they’re flying across the…