Athlete Spotlight: Sean McGorty

 


Photo by Don Rich

 

Coming from two high school and collegiate track star parents in pole vaulting dad Kevin McGorty and distance running mom Vicki Verinder (now Vicki McGorty), Chantilly junior Sean McGorty has already made a name for himself with his own two feet. McGorty this past fall qualified for the Foot Locker Nationals (like his mother did at Langley in the early 1980s) in San Diego and had an impressive run at Balboa Park to finish 10th overall and beat his friendly regional rival at Annandale High School in Ahmed Bile as well in the race. While not pressured or pushed hard to run by his parents when entering high school, McGorty made a big jump in his sophomore year to earn All-State honors in both cross country, indoor, and outdoor track. Most impressive among his All-State accolades as a sophomore was the fact that he was able to successfully double in the distance races with top 8 finishes both indoor and outdoor in the 1600 and 3200 meter run.

 

McGorty is part of a growing list of national caliber and state champion distance runners being developed by Chantilly coach Matt Gilchrist in the past six years following the likes of Chris Foley, Lia Divalentin, and Brad Siragusa. The Chantilly team, led currently by McGorty, has been achieving some first-time feats and ending long droughts for the program including winning district titles last year in track and winning major invitationals in cross country as well as advancing for the state meet for the first time since 1992 this past fall.  At the first day of the Concorde District Championships last week, McGorty got the Chargers out to a grew start when he ran a state leading and personal best time of 4:15 for 1600 meters. MileStat.com interviewed the 2011 Foot Locker All-American in McGorty in between the six day break between day one (January 26th) and day two (February 2nd) of his district indoor championship meet at the Prince George County's Sports & Learning Complex.

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