By Dennis Erturk
Senior Ruben Dominguez finished 21st overall out of 249 participants with a time of 31 minutes 33.2 seconds earning All-American status at the NCAA Division II Cross-Country National Championships.
Dominguez was the only athlete on the men’s team who qualified to compete in Evansville, Indiana on Saturday based on his performance at the NCAA West Regional.
“I mostly owe it to my team,” Dominguez said. “The last couple weeks they came out and trained with me when they didn’t have to. They came out to support me, big thanks to them.”
Dominguez earned the title of All-American last year after finishing 23rd overall at nationals..
After the first thousand meters, Dominguez stayed with the top 10 in seventh place.
Just under six minutes in, Dominguez trailed the leader James Ngandu, a senior from Tiffin, by 10 seconds.
By the midpoint of the race, Dominguez remained in the top 20 in 16th place.
Going into the last thousand meters, Dominguez was in 19th place leading senior Owen Hind from West Texas A&M by less than a second.
By the finish line, Dominguez dropped two places to 21st.
Dominguez has continued to impress with each race this season.
At River Oaks Golf Course on Oct. 21, Dominguez turned heads when he led his team in the men’s 10,000-meter with a third place finish at the California Collegiate Athletic Association Cross-Country Championships.
Two weeks later, Dominguez continued his dominance with a fourth place finish in the men’s 10,000-meter in Monmouth, Oregon, where Dominguez competed against 190 other student-athletes in the NCAA Division II Cross-Country West Regional.
On the women’s side, seven student-athletes competed and finished the 6,000-meter race 16th overall out of 32 of teams, the second-best performance in women’s cross-country history at Cal Poly Pomona.
The women’s cross-country program was led by senior Casey Monoszlay, who finished the final event of the season 41st overall out of 247 competitors with a time of 21:46.4.
“This was my most proud one [race],” Monoszlay said. “I knew I had the potential to compete with the best runners, but I would never have guessed that it would be so soon. Being a top-40 All-American was nice too.”
Similar to Dominguez, Monoszlay clocked in at 15th place after a thousand meters and was within eight seconds of first place runner Hannah Wolkenhauer a junior from Queens in North Carolina.
However, at the 2,000-meter mark, she had dropped to 46th place.
Monoszlay worked her way back up five places into 41st place by the end of the race.
Senior Lorraine Fernandez crossed the line in 76th place overall with a time 22:15.5 representing the next CPP finish.
The end of the 2017 season left many Broncos pleased with their performances, both as a team and individually.
Now, for a short period of time until track and field starts in early spring, cross-country student-athletes like Monoszlay and Dominguez will enjoy eating freely and as Dominguez put it, “not waking up to run at six in the morning every day.”
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Ruben Dominguez finished 21st overall and earned All-American honors for the second consecutive year
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Casey Monoszlay finished 41st overall, leading the women’s team to a 16th place finish
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