High School Sports

St. Patrick's Ramsey Wagner wins four gold medals at 3A state track meet

CHRIS TODD/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALDSt. Patrick's Ramsey Wagner and teammates Isabel Leatherman (2) and Jordan Pete (4) lead the field in the Class 3A 3,200-meter which they would eventually win Saturday, at the MHSAA Class 1A-3A-5A State Track Championships at Pearl High School. Wagner won four medals, the Lady Irish finished overall.
CHRIS TODD/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALDSt. Patrick's Ramsey Wagner and teammates Isabel Leatherman (2) and Jordan Pete (4) lead the field in the Class 3A 3,200-meter which they would eventually win Saturday, at the MHSAA Class 1A-3A-5A State Track Championships at Pearl High School. Wagner won four medals, the Lady Irish finished overall. CHRIS TODD

PEARL-- St. Patrick senior Ramsey Wagner closed out her high school track career in style Saturday, winning four gold medals and leading her team to a third place finish at the MHSAA 3A meet.

Ramsey won the 1,600 and 3,200 for the third time and the 800 for the second time. For good measure she ran a leg on the team's victorious 3,200-meter relay team. Ramsey also won two cross country titles, giving her 10 individual championships.

She led a one-two-three finish for St. Patrick in the 3,200 with Isabel Leatherman and Jordan Pate, the same three went one-two-four in the 1,600. In the 800, she was followed across the finish line by Gabriela Patino at second and Leatherman fourth.

"I couldn't have imagined it like this," Wagner said. "It's really a miracle. I prayed about it and am grateful to God."

Joining Ramsey on the relay team were Gabriela Patino, Amelie Million and Anna Claire Colson.

Wagner was especially pleaded with her victory in the 800 because it was with a personal best time of 2:28.35.

When Ramsey received her 1,600 medal, it was announced that she will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

"I like the discipline, the structure and the determination," Wagner said. "I want to be surrounded by it."

Long Beach's Matthew Cropper won the 5A pole vault with a height of 11 feet, 6 inches to join Wagner as individual winners from Coast schools during Saturday's 5A/3A/1A meet. Coast athletes won nine gold medals during Friday's 6A/4A/2A meet.

St. Patrick had the best team finish among Coast schools. Team champions were Pearl boys and Clinton girls in 6A, Oxford in 5A boys and girls, Senatobia boys and McComb girls in 4A, Tylertown in 3A boys and girls, Bassfield boys and Winona girls in 2A and Myrtle boys and Tupelo Christian girls in 1A.

Individual standouts included Eric Richards of Raymond, who cleared seven feet in the 4A high jump, Kate Mattox of Starkville, who won 6A 1,600 and 3,200 for the fourth straight year, and Benjamin Hearon of St. Andrew's, who equalled Ramsey's feat with gold medals for 3A boys in the same four events.

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