Dorogy breaks SV 100-meter mark at qualifier
May 13, 2013
BUTLER TWP — Jon Dorogy missed his first baseball game of the year on Tuesday to compete with the Seneca Valley track and field team in the WPIAL Class AAA Northern Qualifier at Art Bernardi Stadium. “Baseball is still my priority,” said Dorogy. “This meet was the only way I could get to WPIALs for track. My baseball coach was OK with it, so it was a good situation.” He made sure the time was well spent. The senior center fielder — and part-time sprinter — set a school record while winning the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.74 seconds, helped the Raiders’ 400 relay team to victory and finished second in the 200 dash. Dorogy was happy to officially put his name in the Seneca Valley record book. “I questionably had it before with a stopwatch time, but now there’s no disputing,” he explained. “I was excited about that.” Friend and teammate Forrest Barnes previously held the SV mark at 10.76 and will undoubtedly attempt to take the record back during the WPIAL Championships on Thursday, May 16 at Baldwin High School. The top-eight finishers from each event moved on to WPIALs and Barnes was just a step behind Dorogy in the 100 to finish second with a time of 10.90. Barnes was third in the 200 and competed with Dorogy, Jordan Brown and Bradley Banks in SV’s 400 relay victory in a time of 42.93. Dorogy typically isn’t available at practice because of his baseball duties, but the relay team finds time to work on the transition between legs. “You have to have good chemistry. You have to make sure the handoffs are crisp,” said Barnes. “You’ve seen a lot of cases a relay team has four fantastic guys, but loses a race because they’re not fundamentally sound.” Barnes has set simple, but lofty goals for next week’s district competition. “I want to be a WPIAL champion in the 4 by 100, the 100 and the 200,” he said. “If I do fall short, hopefully I do just enough to get to the state meet.” Butler, Seneca Valley, Mars and Knoch were just four of the 21 schools competing, but produced nine of 16 qualifiers in the shot put and discus. Mars’ Emily Thomas made districts in both throwing events. Mars’ Lydia Dennis enjoyed a stellar performance with a victory in the triple jump (37-8 3/4) and took second in the long jump (18-4). Mars’ Alec Battin and SV’s Dan Cashdollar were part of a seven-way tie for tops in the pole vault at 12-3. “Everyone is just trying to qualify to live to fight another day,” said Mars boys coach Dale Boring. “Especially for the kids who didn’t think they were going to make it, that’s almost like qualifying for the state championship. It’s a big deal.” SV coach Ray Peaco was pleased with his team’s showing.