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Boys track and field Athlete of the Year: Hebron's Robert Domanic claimed two medals to go along with cross country title
Hebron track coach Jason Grennier wasn’t sure what to expect out of Robert Domanic four years ago.
Grennier saw potential in his new distance runner, but would it ever be fulfilled?
Domanic put those doubts to rest in a big way during his senior campaign, claiming gold medals in both the 3,200- and 1,600-meter races at the Class 5A UIL state track and field championships. Those medals followed his individual cross country title last fall.
“Not a whole lot of people have been able to win cross country, the 3,200 and the 1,600 in the same year,” Grennier said. “It’s pretty elite company.”
In his first three years at Hebron, Domanic played second fiddle to teammate Kevyn Hoyos. Domanic finished fourth at last season’s cross country meet, and Hoyos finished third.
After Hoyos graduated — and moved on to run for Syracuse — Domanic had his chance to own the spotlight. He ran season-bests in both the 3,200 and 1,600 at the state meet.
Domanic shaved nearly a minute off his time in the 3,200. He failed to qualify for state last year after running 9:49.83 at the 5A Region I meet. Two weeks ago he ran 8:57.95 to win state gold.
Domanic took eighth in the 1,600 at state last year and trimmed more than 10 seconds off his time this spring. He ran 4:07.49 this year to beat Southlake Carroll standout Trevor Gilley.
Domanic, who is signed with Ole Miss, added that he would have liked to have broken the state record of 8:52.34 in the 3,200, but running a season-best would have to do.
“My goal coming into the track season was to achieve the mile and two mile double up,” Domanic said. “So I was really happy that I got that.”
At state meet: Won the 3,200 meters (8:57.95) in the morning and the 1,600 (4:07.49) in the evening.
Notable: Domanic’s 4:07.49 at the state meet ranks him fifth in the nation and No. 1 in Texas this year. His 8:57.95 at the state meet ranks 19th nationally.