The junior raised her performance level up a notch with one of the best showings by a girls’ runner in the program’s history at the Furman Invitational in Greenville, S.C. Oct. 12.
Pardo ran a personal-best time of 19 minutes, 28 seconds – the fifth-best mark among the girls in school history – to finish 16th overall and lead the Eagles to a fourth-place finish in the team standings.
She surpassed her previous best time of 19:44, which she recorded at the Warpath Invitational in Canton Sept. 14.
Known to her teammates and friends as JP, Pardo brings a strong work ethic and inspirational qualities to the team as well as a pair of fast legs, according to Milton community coach Andy Carr.
“Juanita is so unassuming, but she has a big heart and is willing to do what it takes to perform well,” Carr said. “Her belief in the team is what drives her and when the coaches told the team at a recent meeting that Milton can make the state meet, JP responded with ‘Milton will make the state meet. When we post the state meet countdown, we put that quote on the post and say ‘thanks Juanita.’