Stroh opens coach’s eyes
Name: Dominic Stroh
Sport: Cross country
Athlete of the week achievement: Stroh won the District 6 Class AAA championship this past weekend with a time of 19:27.7.
Season update: Stroh won two dual meets – at Gateway and at Kiski – and at three invitationals he finished first overall and two where he was Altoona’s top finisher. At the Slippery Rock Invitational, where 600 runners competed, he finished 12th overall.
Coach Lee Baranik’s quote: “He has had a very good season. I knew good things were going to happen for him after the Altoona Invitational. He had a great sophomore year. He had a real good track season [last year]. Everyone was very optimistic coming into his junior year, but he opened our eyes at the Altoona meet. He beat some very good competition that day. That was when we realized he was truly ready for this.”
Favorite teacher: Mr. Saboe
Favorite subject: Physics
Favorite movie: “Iron Man 3”
Favorite food: Chicken parmesan
Favorite song: “Tokyo” by Radioactive
Outside interests: Hanging out with my friends
Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite college team: Oregon track and field team
Pro athlete most admired: Distance runner Mo Farah
Best athlete I ever played with: Dylan Mountain
Best athlete I ever competed against: State College’s Will Cather
Most influential person on my athletic career: Coach Baranik
Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the District 6 Class AAA championship this past weekend.
How I got my start in cross country: My brother, Dalen Stroh who runs at Lock Haven, talked me into it after my eighth grade year.
Future goal: I want to run at the collegiate level.