Domitrovich does a little of everything for Blue Devils

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo Naomi Domitrovich, left, of McDonald finishes ahead of Springfield’s Mary Grace Mason in the 200-meter dash on Tuesday.

NEW MIDDLETOWN — Naomi Domitrovich has the drive to succeed. It comes naturally for the McDonald High School sophomore sprinter.

He older sister, Iva, had the same motivation. Iva is a junior at Youngstown State University, an instrumental part of the Penguins’ success on the track.

There wasn’t much Iva didn’t do for the Blue Devils, anything from sprints to relays to shot put and discus. Naomi follows the same path, with just somewhat of a variation.

Both of them run sprints and relays, but Naomi is a hurdler and dabbled at doing the pole vault.

John Fields, McDonald’s sprint coach, coached Iva as well. That work ethic is more than hereditary.

“Just relentless and want to get after it,” Fields said.

Naomi started hurdles in eighth grade, something that carried through high school. She loves running sprints, but hurdles are her favorite. She’s run 15.97 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles.

The encouragement of Iva inspires her to succeed.

“She’s my biggest fan,” said Naomi, who won the 200-meter dash Tuesday at a Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference quad meet with Springfield, Western Reserve and Waterloo. “Helps me through my practices, make sure I’m being positive with myself.”

She reaches within herself and finds that positive nature in herself. It transcends throughout the team.

Naomi said she’s not looking that far into the future. The next meet suffices.

Her aunt, Mary, and uncle, Lou, are the girls and boys coaches at McDonald. Naomi said she’s blessed to have so many good coaches and teammates.

Just because of her last name, it doesn’t mean anything is given or any undue pressure put on her performances.

“The thing of it is she’s her own person,” Fields said. “As coaches, we try to ask do the best you can do. That’s all we’re asking.”

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