Joe Koch profiles Beaver Falls runner Dom Perretta.
"Moments after crossing the finish line at the WPIAL Class A cross country championships Saturday at Cooper's Lake, Dom Peretta turned to face the runners he left behind after he won the 3.1-mile race with a time of 16 minutes, 15 seconds, his second title in a row.
He tried to congratulate as many runners in the nearly 200-runner field before he answered questions about a solid performance that earned him a 13-second victory over runner-up Griffin Mackey of team-champion Sewickley Academy.
"I definitely like to congratulate everybody," said Peretta, a senior who will compete at Penn State after he graduates from Beaver Falls. "It doesn't matter what time they get; they all finished. It's hard to finish a cross country race. Cross country is hard enough, so I congratulate everybody."
Peretta earned some congratulations himself as he found himself behind Mackey by about a second at the two-mile mark."