With Tara Davis now at the collegiate level who will be the face of CA track and field this season? Many names come to mind but one is quickly emerging, Dominique Ruotolo. Ruotolo took last season off from Mater Dei because of personal reasons. Ruotolo was home-schooled but still continued to train and compete with Keinan Briggs (Mater Dei Jumps Coach). Ruotolo competed for Briggs’ club team The LEAP Squad Youth Club and it really paid off.
Ruotolo was the CA Winter Triple Jump Champion with her leap of 39’2, a two foot improvement from her previous personal best her sophomore season. Her success did not stop there. Ruotolo placed 10th at the New Balance Indoor Nationals and 9th at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals. She even competed at collegiate meets where she held her own winning the Cal State LA Invite, the University of Redlands Invite, and placed 3rd at the Mt. SAC Relays. Ruotolo qualified for the USATF U20 Nationals where she hit a new personal best of 41’7 placing 3rd overall. Ruotolo is the first Orange County girl since 2001 to break the 40′ barrier set by Michelle Sanford (Woodbridge).
Ruotolo success doesn’t stop there, she is also a 19’0 long jumper and a 5’7 high jumper. Ruotolo is back at Mater Dei and looking to have a very successful season. She has offers from LSU, Nebraska, CAL and interest from Arizona, Oregon, Washington and many more. This video just shows how well her off-season has been thus far. Keep an eye out for the Mater Dei LEAP Squad and Dominique Ruotolo. Video via @keinanbriggs and Maxpreps.com