by Terhea Doaty
For New Pittsburgh Courier

My younger sister, Taylor Doaty, a senior at Oakland Catholic High School, won’t be walking across the stage with her graduating class on Friday. Although the seniors of Oakland Catholic will participate in the commencement ceremony for their high school careers, she will be in Shippensburg, Pa., for the PIAA state track meet.

Taylor Doaty

A resident of Wexford and a former student at Pine-Richland High School, Taylor transferred to Oakland Catholic her junior year in search of more diversity and a more rigorous course load. She said she decided to make the decision to attend the meet over graduation because although graduating high school and running at the state meet are both big accomplishments, she would rather run at the meet because either way she would still be graduating even if she missed the ceremony.

Graduating with honors that is—as a part of the National Honor Society, she has a 4.3 cumulative GPA, proving that along with her athletic abilities she balances track and school well.

She will be continuing her stellar academic and track careers in college, having earned a scholarship at Georgetown, University in Washington D.C.

“I’m excited to go to school because it is going to be a new experience being on my own and I’m excited to improve,” she said.

As her older sister, I could brag all day about her accomplishments but her statistics don’t lie. She only began running the hurdles halfway through the 2009 track season and ended up running 14.28 seconds, landing her at number four on Jim Faiella’s all-time WPIAL girl’s top 25 fastest times in the 100 meter hurdles.

She finished second in the PIAA meet last year in the 100m hurdles last year. She also ran 43.83 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles at the meet last year, landing her at number six on the all-time list. She ended up finishing seventh in 300 meter hurdles at the state meet last year.

Last week she dominated the WPIAL finals, winning the gold medal in both races and improving upon her second and third place finishes at WPIALs last year.

“I was excited that I was able to run and finish first even though I didn’t get the times that I wanted to,” she said.

This season she has been nursing a foot injury, spraining her foot in the beginning of the season forcing her to watch from the sidelines for much of the season. She has been taking physical therapy for the injury and to stay healthy as well as improve her flexibility.

Looking forward to the state meet this weekend, she said that she is excited although she will be missing her graduation ceremony.

“If I run the races I’m supposed to, I can do well and place in both races,” she said.

(Terhea Doaty is a senior at Penn State University majoring in print journalism and political science. She will graduate in May 2011.)

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