Dominguez takes fourth at West Regional

By Dennis Erturk

Senior Ruben Dominguez placed fourth overall at the NCAA Division II West Region Cross-Country Championships representing the Broncos top performer.

Men’s and women’s cross-country competed against 30 universities in Monmouth, Oregon this past Saturday.

The women finished sixth out of 30 teams in the 6,000-meter event with senior Lorraine Fernandez placing the highest in 19th with a time of 21 minutes 41 seconds.

Senior Casey Monoszlay placed just outside the top 20 in 23rd with a time of 21:49.9.

Sophomore Elizabeth Hernandez took part in her first NCAA Division II Regional Championship finishing 49th overall out of 209 athletes.

Hernandez clocked in at 22:19.4

Although her season ended in Monmouth, Oregon, she looks back on a strong season for the Broncos.

“I think we had a good season. The team this year feels closer, more tight knit than last season,” Hernandez said. “A big reason why are the seniors, I can talk to them about anything.”

The men followed the women with a strong outing, finishing seventh place out of 27 schools that competed in the 10,000-meter event.

The men were led by Dominguez who finished with a time of 30:01.8.

Senior David Ribich from Western Oregon finished 12 seconds ahead of Dominguez with a time of 29:49.2.

Dominguez missed out on third place by three seconds.

“We raced this course before, two years ago, and I did real well,” Dominguez said. “It’s pretty hard because most of the year our races aren’t too loud and with big races like this, they’re filled with people screaming and shouting.”

No other Bronco finished in the top 20, with the next Bronco crossing the line being senior Christian Rodriguez in 22nd with a time of 30:55.1.

After Rodriguez, senior Devon Reed finished 38th overall with a time of 31:15.1.

The NCAA Division II Cross-Country Championships is the final race on the calendar for the cross-country team.

As of now, it is unknown on how many Cal Poly Pomona athletes have qualified for the next race that takes place on Nov. 18 in Evansville, Indiana.

Only Dominguez has a guaranteed place as an individual because of his high finish.

Because neither the men or women finished in the top three as a team, Cal Poly Pomona will have to wait for the at large selections that will take place this week.

According to head coach Chris Bradford, both teams have a chance at a place in the National Championships and could possibly earn another individual selection depending on other team selections.

Dominguez finished fourth overall

Courtesy of CPP Sports Information

Dominguez finished fourth overall

Women placed sixth overall

Courtesy of CPP Sports Information

Women placed sixth overall

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