In a scholarly family such as the Motleys, it's no surprise that someone would end up matriculating to Cambridge, Mass., to attend college.
Cambridge, of course, is home to two of the country's most prestigious universities -- Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, commonly known as MIT. The schools are located about a mile apart in the Boston suburb.
As brother and sister, Carrington and Renee Motley debated which school her younger sibling should attend.
Carrington -- who will be a sophomore at MIT when the next semester begins -- had his pick of that prestigious school or Harvard.
"His sister wasn't too happy when he didn't choose Harvard," their father, David, said, noting that Renee is a senior at Harvard.
But Carrington had his reasons for making the choice he did. He graduated number one in his 2012 class at Sewickley Academy and finished with a 4-plus GPA on a weighted scale.
Even though dad also holds a master's of business administration degree from Harvard, Carrington opted for MIT.
"He always knew that he wanted to major in engineering," said David Motley, who also holds a degree from Pitt in mechanical engineering. "You can argue that MIT is one of the best schools in the universe for engineering."
This past season at MIT, his son set a school freshman record in the indoor triple jump (46 feet, 11/4 inch) His longest jump (47-3) in that event came during the outdoor season.
All the while, Motley, an Ohio Township resident, has maintained a 5.0 GPA throughout his freshman year.
As a former standout on the Panthers boys basketball team, Motley, a slender 6-foot-4 guard/forward, amassed more than 1,000 points in his four-season varsity career. In his junior campaign, he averaged more than 20 points per contest for Sewickley, a perennial WPIAL Class A title contender. He played a key role as a reserve on the Panthers back-to-back WPIAL championship squads in 2009 and 2010.
He gave basketball a try upon arriving at MIT, an NCAA Division III program, before he realized that he just wanted to focus on academics.
"By the time it was time to make my decision [during his senior year at Sewickley], I pretty much knew that I was going to give up basketball and pursue track," he said. "The way that the track program is structured at MIT really fit me because it had a student-before-athlete type of feel."
That atmosphere seemed to help him ... well, soar through the atmosphere. He recorded a mark of 14.05 meters (about 46 feet, 2 inches) in the triple jump at the Harvard Challenge, against top competition, which was good for third place. Also, Motley finished sixth at the New England Division III Championship in the long jump with a launch of 6.55 meters (about 21-6).
"Another good thing about MIT is that they black out hours, say from 5 to 7 p.m., in which you go and focus on your sport," Motley said. "You can go and see the trainers, lift, run. They realize that though the course load is heavy, you still need to be able to focus [on your sport] in order to stay competitive."
Though his position coach at MIT, Zachary Haupt, acknowledges it's important to emphasize studies, he also implements a rule with his athletes that when they're on the track, they must pay attention to just that.
"I tell them to scale back on the books and become an athlete again," he said. "I don't want them to interfere on what they're on the track there to do. They need to stay competitive."
Haupt said Motley has what it takes to shoulder a top-notch engineering program, such as MIT's, and to obtain success in track and field.
"He's so laid back," Haupt said. "His cool demeanor gives him an advantage over most because he doesn't let stress beat him. That's very necessary for a school like MIT because both their academic and athletic standards are so high."
Haupt also praised Motley on his strong work ethic.
"The guy has absolutely no quit in him," he said. "In addition to his natural athletic gifts, what sets Carrington apart from his competition is his willingness to work hard in order to get better.
"That's what makes him good at everything he tries, both on the track and just in life."