Central Catholic senior Torey Doaty can fly on the track and attack on the soccer field.
But his heart lies in competing on the track.
Doaty helped the Vikings 1,600-meter relay squad to a 3:33.29 finish at the prestigious Penn Relays this past Saturday at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Doaty ran in the event with Jack Rossi, Phil DeRenzo and soccer teammate Zack Broujos.
That clocking wasn't even close to Central's fastest this season -- their best so far this spring has been 3:29.4, the fifth-fastest reported time in the WPIAL -- Vikings managed to place 11th out of 12 in the Saturday 10:50 a.m. heat.
To Doaty, the 1,600-meter relay has special meaning.
"My most memorable experience [with Central Catholic track] was last year when our four-by-four team won WPIALs," Doaty said.
He and his 2012 teammates ran the race in 3:19.27 last May.
Doaty also excels in individual events. Central Catholic coach Maurice Lucas noted that Doaty is quite versatile. Although Doaty typically dominates the 300-meter hurdles race as well as the 400-meter dash, Lucas noted that Doaty finds success in any event he enters.
"Because of the weather [at the April 20 Tri-State Track Coaches' Association Championships], I didn't have some of the sprinters do what they normally do. Torey ran the 800," Lucas explained.
Doaty placed fifth out of 40 finishers in the race (2:02.56). Lucas felt the result made the 800 an official part of Doaty's repertoire.
"He does the 300 hurdles, he's normally part of all three relays, he does the open 400 ... and now, I guess, the open 800," Lucas said.
In the 300 hurdles, Doaty was listed first on this week's WPIAL Boys' Track Honor Roll (39.09) The 300 is, after all, Doaty's favorite event. He also has the best reported time in the 400 (48.99).
"I like it because it's a good combination of the 200 and the 400, and I liked doing the hurdles after I watched my sisters do them," Doaty said.
Doaty has two older sisters who were both WPIAL track stars in high school. The oldest, Terhea, a graduate of Pine-Richland High School, is a former WPIAL 300-meter hurdles champion.
Taylor Doaty, an Oakland Catholic alumna, is now a college junior who runs track for Georgetown University. Taylor won the 2010 WPIAL championship in the 100-meter hurdles.
Torey, Terhea and Taylor began their sporting careers as soccer players.
"We were real quick," Doaty said. "It translated well to track in high school."
Doaty stuck with soccer all through high school and was a consistent scorerwfor Central. He was on the 2012 list of regular-season scoring leaders with 15 goals. But after he added track to his sports his sophomore year, it became his sport of choice for college.
Doaty is still in the process of choosing a college, but Case Western, Miami University of Ohio, Saint Joseph's and Pitt are currently among his schools of interest.
Doaty felt he owed some of his success to Terhea and Taylor.
"Both my sisters have actually coached me in the hurdles," he said. "They took me to Pine-Richland's track and helped me with my form."
The Doaty sisters encouraged Torey not to "float" over the hurdles and to make his "trail leg" come down faster. The girls' coaching helped Doaty to increase his efficiency over each hurdle.
Doaty rounds all of it out with tough hurdles workouts. He does 300-repeats, in which he runs the 300-hurdles four times at 100-percent effort and only five minutes rest in between each set.
"Other days, we'll practice doing the first three hurdles ... we'll go 100 percent over the first three hurdles, we'll jog at 75 percent on the turn, and then finish on the straightaway after practicing the turn," he said.
In other words, Central hurdlers condition endurance as well as the strength to become airborne.
"Torey has really developed into a leader this year," Lucas said. "He's a real quiet kid, one of the nicest, but he's started to assert himself a bit more. He's leading by example at this point.
"His teammates want to stay with him in practice, but they understand that you've got to put in the work."