"I obviously wanted to win again and I've put a lot of pressure on myself to do that, and so it's a blessing for sure," Paladino said.
Paladino paced University to a third-place finish, with Winfield taking fourth behind Rachel Englund (12th).
Capital junior Peyton Panger finished third overall, improving 15 seconds upon her state meet time last season when she finished eighth.
"It's a marked improvement since last year, which is what you focus on and I'm happy with that," she said.
In the girls AA/A race, Charleston Catholic tied Philip Barbour with 91 points for first place, but fell to second on the tiebreaker. As rules dictate, officials used each team's sixth finisher as the tiebreaker. Philip Barbour claimed its fourth consecutive title as its sixth runner finished ahead of Charleston Catholic's sixth runner.
Despite the tough result, Irish Coach Scott Welch said he's pleased with how the second-ranked Catholic girls performed.
"We were hoping to get second and if we got first, that would have been even better, but we're very pleased, very happy," he said.
"If you start thinking, 'We could have gotten this girl, we could have gotten that girl' - but it's better than being third. It's better than being fourth, and we'll take it. We're young and we've got our top four returners back next year and our sixth runner's back, so if we can find a couple more girls in the school that are willing to run, we should be back there."
Freshman Hannah Gacek led Catholic in 13th place.
Grafton freshman Alicia Parsons won the individual championship in 19:03, with freshman teammate Montanna Garrett claiming fourth place. Grafton ran strong behind the pair, though did not qualify to enter a team.
For the boys A/AA race, Bridgeport senior Abe Merinar won in 16:20 leading Bridgeport to victory past Philip Barbour and Fairmont Senior.
Merinar said he felt great to share the top of the podium with his teammates.
"We've been ranked No. 1 for a long time, but to actually do it and to be No. 1 today was incredible," he said.
Buffalo sophomore Hayden Harrison earned All-State accolades by finishing in third place in 16:28.
Herbert Hoover's Josh McClung ran strong to finish 11th overall.
Senior Caden McClanahan finished 21st overall to lead ninth-place Catholic, while Buffalo finished 10th in the standings of 15 teams.