Newcomers can either be freshmen or a seasoned first-time competitor in the sport
One of the first names that came to contributor Dave Behm's mind when asked about a newcomer to watch was Bella Domier. "I watched this young lady win the IESA State Meet last year and she is going to be good in high school." Indeed! The freshman from Grayslake Central did not disappoint the pundits who placed her at a high premium in terms of success.
Aside from the initial race of the regular season, Domier ran extremely well- only being taken down by super talents Brooke Stromsland of Lakes and Aly Negovetich of Grant. The weekly seasoning appeared to mature and prep Domier for the big time lights without feeling pressure.
Domier competed in the "championship" flight four at the Shazam Championships. It was a smart and calculated performance in which she spotted Ava Parekh (Chicago Latin) and Stromsland a huge advantage to bite off on. Although Domier was not able to win, she competed well-using splits of 5:48 and 12:00 to finish third in the race with a time of 18:41 for 5000m. The composite time and fifth place overall cement her first year.