Dalton State cross country coaches Andy Meyer and Margie Bruner have announced the signing of Bradley Central (Tenn.) High School star runner Paul Patterson.
Patterson is the latest addition to a Dalton State men’s squad which previously announced the signing of accomplished area runners and brothers Rafael and Isaac Pacheco.
Patterson’s best time for the 1,500-meter run is 4 minutes, 11 seconds, and he has posted a 2:02 in the 800. In the 5K, he has posted a time of 15:55. He is the 2011 AAU National Intermediate Age Champion in the 5K. He was also sixth in the nation at the 2011 AAU National Jr. Olympics in the 1,500. Locally, Patterson was the McCallie Mid South Track Classic 2012 Champion and won the 1-miler at the 2012 Vols Classic in the High School Division. He was a finalist at the Footlocker South Region Championship, and he qualified for the state finals in cross country and track every year of his high school career, starting as a freshman.
“Paul has been a joy to work with and seeing him win the AAU National title was very special,” Bradley Central coach Larry Cotton said.
Meyer agrees that Patterson is something special.
“Paul has shown immense talent and great heart in winning national championships,” Meyer said. “He comes from an outstanding family and is an exceptional student. Dalton State is very lucky to have an athlete of his caliber on campus.”
Patterson chose Dalton State among other suitors, including a number of schools in the SEC.
“I look forward to running for Dalton State and improving my times, challenging myself academically, competing in big time meets and having a lot of fun,” said Patterson, an environmental engineering major.
Said DSC athletic director Derek Waugh, “We are very excited to add a person and runner of Paul’s caliber. Our cross country coaches (Meyer and Bruner) have done an amazing job of assembling outstanding teams with great young runners. In a couple of seasons, we should be a force on the trail and the track.”