Ramirez fourth in regional mile

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor

April 28, 2008 - DENTON - Sulphur Springs senior Tate Ramirez took the early lead in the 1,600-meter run at the regional track meet on Saturday. But, two other runners clocked their fastest times of the year to earn trips to the state meet.

Ramirez ran his second-fastest time of his career with a time of 4 minutes, 30.46 seconds, but had to settle for fourth place in the Class 4A, Region II Track and Field Meet at Fouts Field on the University of North Texas.

Ramirez, a three-time regional qualifier, was edged out by Dallas Pinkston's Pinya Issa (4:21.57) and Frisco Centennial's Cole Reveal (4:23.07), who both ran their fastest times of the season, by far. Issa and Reveal had also placed 1-2 in the 3,200-meter run on Friday.

Ramirez was Sulphur Springs' last chance to qualify an athlete for state, and he ran about as well as possible.

"Tate went out and ran as hard as he could," said SSHS head track coach Jeff Riordan. "He got about a 40-meter lead early, and they gradually took that lead away and caught him on the third lap. But, he's the fourth-best in the region, and this region is really good."

SSHS junior Ross Hicks also competed in the metric mile, finishing in a time of 4:56.61. Hicks was a two-event regional qualifier; he also ran the 3,200 on Friday.

Also competing on Saturday was SSHS freshman miler Megan Massey, who clocked a time of 6:00.75, which was almost identical to her district mark. Massey, like Hicks, also ran the 3,200 on Friday.

Also on Saturday, Jamal Freeman competed in the discus, throwing 127-6, but failing to qualify for the eight-person final. Sophomore Bryant "Day Day" Jackson, competing in his fourth event of the two-day meet, long jumped 20 feet, 8 1/2 inches to finish 10th.

Those events wrapped up a busy weekend for the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats, who combined to take over 30 athletes to the meet.

"It was a good season for the Wildcats in track. We ended up second in district," Riordan said. "We took 21 boys (and 10 girls) to regional, and that's a big number, and there's a lot of sophomores, freshmen and juniors in that group. They got to experience the best in the state this weekend."

Below are the official results for the SSHS athletes. Only the top eight places are indicated by numbers.

Girls

3,200-meter run - Megan Massey, 13:46.43.

4x200 relay - SSHS (Ashanti Ivery, Stephanie Conley, Bradyn Burney, Delandria Pryor), 1:52.17.

1,600 - Megan Massey, 6:00.75.

4x400 relay - SSHS (Ivery, Conley, Alyssa Burney, Frankeisha Hawkins, 4:27.03.

Boys

High jump - 8. Kaylon Page, 6-2,

Pole vault - Garrett Ferguson, NH.

Long jump - Bryant Jackson, 20-8 1/2.

Triple jump - Jackson, NM.

Shot put - 7. Rodney Evans, 51-7 3/4.

Discus - Jamal Freeman, 127-6.

3,200 - Tyler Wilson, 10:36.46; Ross Hicks, 10:40.10.

4x100 relay - SSHS (Darrell Franklin, Lemarcus Kendricks, Tyrik Rollison, Daqualin Evans), 44.21.

800 - Dylan Rutherford, 2:06.43.

110 hurdles - Shane McQueen, 16.19.

4x200 relay - SSHS (Jayden Wallace, Ryan Young, Kendricks, D. Evans), 1:33.19.

400 - Jackson, 53.22.

300 hurdles - McQueen, 40.56.

200 - Kendricks, DQ.

1,600 - 4. Tate Ramirez, 4:30.46; Hicks, 4:56.61.

4x400 relay - SSHS (Tylan Harris, Jackson, Anthony Mills, McQueen), 3:40.62.

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