A great story came out of the state track and field championships at Shippensburg University today.
Gateway's Julius Rivera and Seneca Valley's Jonathan Dorogy surprised many when they finished 1-2 in the PIAA Class AAA 100-meter dash. Rivera ran 10.74 and Dorogy 10.83.
First some historical facts to show how unusual this is. Rivera is the first WPIAL AAA 100 champ since North Hills' Andrew Johnson in 2003. Also, since the PIAA switched to metrics in 1979, this is only the second time the WPIAL finished 1-2 in the Class AAA 100. The other time was 2001 when McKeesport's Jason Williams finished first and Greensburg Salem's Akeem Vance second.
Now what makes the story even better. This is Dorogy's first season running outdoor track and Rivera wasn't even good enough to qualify for the WPIAL championships last year. Now they are the two fastest dudes in the state!!!!! Go figure.
To me, Dorogy's story this spring is simply fascinating. He is in his third year as the starting center fielder on Seneca Valley's baseball team and will go after his third consecutive WPIAL title when the Raiders play North Allegheny in the AAAA final Wednesday.
He ran indoor track in the past but never outdoor track. He decided to try outdoor track this year because it is his senior year, and he wanted to do everything possible. So he goes out and finishes second in the state in the 100. Great for that kid and it shows that athletes don't have to specialize in one sport.
By the way, if you're wondering about their futures? Well, Rivera hasn't decided on a college. You can bet winning the state will attract more colleges. Dorogy will play football at The Citdael.