The 5:17 was especially strong for Dominick because she hasn’t run many 1-mile races since her freshman year at Danvers High. She battled through injuries for much of last year and started feeling good towards the end of spring track, where she was second in the 2-mile at the Northeastern Conference championships and fourth at the All-State championship meet.
“I ran a 5:10 mile my freshman year but I’m pretty happy with the 5:17. I haven’t been doing much speed training because I’ve been training for cross country,” said Dominick, who also had a strong finish at the recent Beverly Homecoming. “It felt a little weird running for speed.”
Running in the Falmouth event was rewarding because of the size of the crowd and the energy a competitor naturally draws from the fans. The high school runners got to warm-up and cool down alongside the elite milers as well, which added to the event’s “big-time” feeling. The weather was also perfect for the runners — not too hot, cold or humid, Dominick said.
With a few short weeks left before the high school cross country season gets underway, the main goal for Dominick is to continue building strength for the fall.
“I feel like I’m finally healthy,” she said. “Most of my stuff got figured out over the winter and I really got to show a little of it at the end of spring track. My training has been great this summer.”