University High's Millie Paladino will join the Mountaineer cross country team in 2014.
Photo by Nicole Lemal
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia cross country head coach Sean Cleary has announced the addition of Millie Paladino to the 2014 class.
Paladino, a Morgantown, W.Va., native and University High School student, was selected as the 2013-14 Gatorade West Virginia Girls’ Cross-Country Runner of the Year.
“Millie Paladino is a game changer,” says Cleary. “Her results on the track clearly speak for themselves, but it’s the strength in her personality and character as a young woman that we are most excited about.”
Paladino becomes the ninth member of the WVU cross country team from the state of West Virginia and the sixth from Morgantown.
Paladino is a two-time First-Team All-State selection and won the WV Class AAA State Championship this past fall with a 5k time of 17:55.84. She competed at the 2013 Foot Locker girls cross country championships, finishing in 11th place overall with a time of 17:45.22 on Dec 14.
“Millie has the ability, and to date, has shown the desire to become a big time collegiate athlete,” Cleary says. “We are so excited that she chose to stay at home with us and look forward to watching her career unfold.”
In 2013, Paladino became the first runner in West Virginia high school history to run a sub-5:00 minute 1600 meter run indoors when she ran a 4:57.92 mile.
During her senior year, she recorded the fastest mile in WV high school girls’ history (4:43.84).
Most recently, Paladino won the one mile in the high school division of the Penn Relays this past weekend. She recorded a time of 4:45.34, winning the event by nearly two seconds.
She has maintained a 4.12 grade-point average at University high, while serving as a member of the National Honor Society.