Joe Koch profiles Beaver Falls cross country standout Dominic Peretta.
(Photo: Beaver Falls' Dominic Peretta wins the WPIAL Class A cross country championship at Cooper's Lake Campground. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
"Dominic Peretta was content to sit back and let the front-runners dictate the pace as the WPIAL Class A Boys Cross Country Championship race broke from the starting line at Cooper's Lake Campground last Thursday in Butler County.
But that patience didn't last long.
"I took control early, but I didn't really want to," said Peretta, a junior who won the 2014 Class AA 800- and 1,600-meter track championships last spring at Shippensburg University.
"After a long downhill, no one was pushing and I wasn't going to let everyone pass me, so I kept pushing and moving forward," said Peretta, who completed the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 29 seconds, eight seconds ahead of Cody Divecchio, a Burgettstown junior. "I took control about 2 miles in. That's when I actually like to take care of a race. But if it's before 2 miles, I don't like to lead a race. I like it when someone is pushing me. On the way up the hill the second time, that's when I wanted to take it home.""