TROY, NY (11/26/2019)-- Following an All-America effort at the NCAA Championship Meet, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athlete Joseph Domanico of Haddon Township 08108 and Haddon Township High School has been selected as the Men's Cross Country Performer of the Week by the Liberty League, it has been announced.
A senior captain, Domanico earned All-America after leading Rensselaer to a school record 10th place finish at the Division III Championship. He was 17th in the field of 279 finishers to pace the Engineers, who recorded their first top 10 finish.
He was in 124th place after the first 1K (3:08.1) before moving up 76 spots to get to 48th place at the 3K mark (9:15.0). A 3:23.7 split put him in 47th at 4K (12:38.7) before he advanced 18 spots into 29th at the 6.4K mark (19:58.3). A final kick of 4:50.9 brought Domanico into 17th place overall with a time of 24:49.1 - the first time he broke 25:00.0 in his college career. He scored 14 points, which was the best total for any competitor from a Liberty League school and second from a squad from the northeast. The All-America certificate is the first of his career.
Rensselaer, which entered the meet ranked 16th in Division III, has now competed in each of the last four national championships and six in total. It was 13th in 2018 and 2016, 14th in 2017, 17th in 1996 and 33rd in the nation in 1975.
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