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Athletes of the Week: University's Andy & Amelia Paladino Shine During Senior Season

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Keeping up with the Paladinos. No, it's not a new reality show, it's reality for runners across the state.

"They're the kind of athletes you get maybe once, twice in a career," said University High track coach Ed Frohnapfel. "The thing that sets her apart is work ethic."

Amelia Paladino blew down records during this year's state track meet.

"Everyone asks me how a run so fast, and it's simple, you just run," said Amelia Paladino. "The speed will come."

She won the 800m,1600m and 3200m hundred meter runs, setting a state record in each event.

But nothing beat watching her twin brother and teammates win the boys 4x800m relay.

"My brother can do some amazing things we haven't seen yet," said Amelia. "Clearly that's so exciting, especially for him. I'm really hoping he does well here."

"They're each others biggest fans," said Frohnapfel. "There is no rivalry between them that one's getting more attention. If Millie has a great race Andy's probably the happiest guy in the stadium, if Andy does well Millie's probably the happiest."

Amelia's shadow often hangs over Andy. But he's far from just average. On top of the relay title, at the state track meet he finished 4th in the 1600m and 2nd in the 3200m runs.

"Andy's really important to the boys team," added Frohnapfel. "I'm going to miss him as much as Millie."

For the first time in their lives, next year the Paladinos won't run together.

Amelia committed to WVU with brother Andy going to Syracuse.

But no distance can come between their bond.

"Just watching her through her high school career, It's given me something to run with and I keep that close to my heart," said Andy. "She motivates me before my race and congratulates me after. I'm so lucky to share something so great with her."

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