2013 SALEM NEWS GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY ALL-STAR TEAM
RUNNER OF THE YEAR
For the first time in four years, there is a new Most Valuable Runner among female cross country runners on the North Shore.
Catalina Dominck earns that honor after putting together a fabulous season at Danvers High. It was capped by a second place finish at Division 2 All-States in a time of 16:58, which was just three seconds behind winner Olivia Lantz of Manchester-Essex. Dominick was also runner-up at the Ocean State Invitational and set the home course record for both Danvers (18:17) and Winthrop’s Deer Island this fall.
Dominick won the Northeastern Conference championship meet in 17:56 on the 5K course, and a week later ran the best girls’ time at the MSTCA Invitational in Wrentham to win Division 2, improving her time from last year by over 90 seconds (18:00).
A fiery competitor who battled back from injuries and health problems, Dominick changed her philosophy and enjoyed racing more this season, said Falcons’ head coach John Norris.
“She’s finally healthy and had an incredible season,” said Norris. “There has been a big growth in her approach, and she’s a lot less anxious and more relaxed.”
Former Peabody High standout Catarina Rocha won this award for three straight years; she is now at Providence College, and Dominick took over as the top runner in the area this fall.
Dominick plans to run at a Division 1 college. The high honors student gives a shout out to teammate James Bailey for training with her on the long hard runs. She also thanks her family and team for support and belief in her.
Captain was a Northeastern Conference all-star after taking fifth place (19:22) in league race … Placed 11th at Frank Kelly Invitational in Division 1 race and was 16th at Twilight Meet (18:50) … Took 11th in Division 1 Eastern Mass. race (19:09) and 54th at All-States (18:29) … Member of winning team at Clipper Relays in Newburyport … Ranked 51st in her class of 473 students and has 3.62 GPA … Plans to continue to run in college.