Molly Bliss, who holds the cross country record at Milford High School, has earned the opportunity for which she has always hoped as she will soon sign a letter of intent to accept an athletic scholarship to attend Western Carolina University and compete with the Catamounts, a NCAA Division I cross country and track and field program in North Carolina.
With a combination of grants and scholarship, she’ll have nearly 75 percent of her tuition paid over four years. Bliss, who has been running since her freshman year, visited Western Carolina back in August.
“I loved how big the track program was, and even though the school is big, it feels small,” said Bliss. “The college has a lot to offer educationally.”
Bliss, who had nine colleges offer her scholarships, said she wants to study cellular and molecular biology. Bliss said she looks forward to the out-of-Delaware experience at Western Carolina.
Bliss set the school cross country record in a 5K with a 19:20 this past fall when she won her first Henlopen individual title at Killens Pond State Park. She also holds the school mark in the 800 meters with a 2.17.26 set at the New Balance Nationals last summer.
She said her college coach plans for her to specialize in the 800 meters, and she plans on running cross country as well, starting this fall. Bliss and the MHS track and field team will open their season at home March 22 against Smyrna.
“I am going to work hard this season, and I also want the team to win a state championship” said Bliss. “I am looking forward to my last Buc season.”
MHS track and field and cross country head coach Czar Bloom, said he appreciated the opportunity of coaching Bliss for four years of cross country and three more years of indoor and outdoor track.
“Molly has an outstanding self-drive and spirit about her,” he said. “She does not allow her teammates to be lazy, and she works very hard and offers a lot to the team. She will be very missed, but what she has shown over the years will still exist with her teammates after she graduates.”