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November 15, 2013

Danvers' Dominick leads pack of local runners headed to All-States

This weekend the cream of the crop will compete in the cross country All-State Meet on the Gardner Municipal Golf Course. Danvers’ Catalina Dominick will be one to watch after winning the Division 4 Eastern Mass. title.

“She has had an incredible season, finally healthy all season after experiencing a lot of cardio-vascular problems last season when she was never better than 90 percent,” said Falcon coach John Norris. “She’s developed a different perspective and is now able to push herself harder without experiencing a lot of anxiety.

“Now she’s more relaxed, and has the attitude that whatever happens, will happen. When she came into the program she was so competitive hating to lose, sometimes to the point where she pushed herself too hard and collapsed.”

Last weekend Dominick was one of only two girls in any class to run under 18 minutes on the demanding Wrentham course (17:56). She is hoping to end a terrific season with another top finish.

“I want to run a smart race and do my best,” Dominick said. “I think I can win if I do that, and it would be a great way to end the season. I’m so happy with how things have gone after I went through so much. It’s changed my perspective, and now I go out there thinking if I do my best I know I could not have done anything more. If somebody does beat me I know all the credit goes to her for running a great race.”

For the first time since 2007 the Beverly girls’ team will be at All-States after finishing fourth in a very competitive Division 2. Coach Dave Jellerson singled out his fifth runner Keely Higgins for turning in a strong performance that made the difference.

“She saved our bacon with a 20 second PR,” said Jellerson. “If she hadn’t, we probably would not have made it because our No. 2 and 4 runners were a little off. They always say the fifth runner is the most important person on the team, and Keely certainly was for us.

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