West Virginia Girls Track & Field AOY: Amelia Paladino

West Virginia Girls Track & Field AOY: Amelia Paladino

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West Virginia Girls Track & Field AOY: Amelia Paladino

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THE WINNER: Amelia Paladino

THE BASICS

School: University (Morgantown, W.Va.)
Grade: Senior
Event: Middle-distance and distance running
Height: 5-foot

Athletic achievement: The 2013-14 Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, she won three individual state championships at the Class AAA state meet this spring and led the Hawks to a fifth-place finish as a team. Paladino set a state record in winning the 800-meter run in 2:08.49, which ranked as the No. 19 performance in the nation among prep competitors in 2014 at the time of her selection. She also won the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run at states. Paladino owns the state records in the 1,600, 3,200 and mile, and her top 3,200 time of 10:00.42 ranked No. 3 nationally. Her season-best mile time of 4:45.34 ranked No. 6.

Academic excellence: Paladino has maintained a weighted 4.27 GPA.

Exemplary character: A representative on the University High student council, she has volunteered locally at the West Virginia Public Theater and as a peer mentor.

THE PRAISE

“Her speed is amazing,” said Willie Ruffin, head coach of Capital. “I have watched her for four years just use a sprinter-form running style. It’s impressive to watch.”

THE FUTURE: Paladino has signed with West Virginia.

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