Dominic DeLuca chose his college, then became a fan of his future team.
DeLuca has been following the Cornell University track and field team since committing to the Ivy League school in the fall, adding to the excitement about starting his college career.
Cornell captured the indoor Ivy League championships two weeks before DeLuca was one of four Dallas cross country and track athletes who took part in signings ceremonies at photos at the school March 14. DeLuca keeps in contact with cross country and track and field assistant coach Zeb Lang.
“I’ve been talking to the coach over the past few weeks,” DeLuca said. “There’s been a strong showing from the freshmen on the team this year and we have a very strong recruiting class coming in.
“It’s going to be nice to grow up with the team and build. With some of the top guys on the team being so young, it will be really nice to see how we all develop over the next four years. It’s just really exciting.”
The spring also went well for DeLuca, a state Class 2A individual cross country champion for the Mountaineers. By adding indoor track and field for the first time this year, he took a step in the transition toward all three seasons in college – cross country in the fall, indoor track in the winter and outdoor track in the spring.
“This year was a new experience for me,” said DeLuca, who finished second in the 3,000 meters at the Pennsylvania Track & Field Coaches Association Indoor State Championships. “I just wanted to try it out and see how I could do. It’s definitely a great beginning to the end of my senior year.
“I just wanted to get some races in. I think my coaches and I planned it out well.”
DeLuca will major in applied economics and management with plans to then attend law school. He chose the Ithaca, N.Y., school over Syracuse and Pittsburgh.
“My goal throughout the whole thing was to not really limit myself,” DeLuca said in an earlier interview. “I was really aiming to get into a school that I wouldn’t normally be able to get into without running.”