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COLLEGE SIGNINGS: McAuley’s Ramsey signs with Pitt State

Jason Peake

Marking the culmination of years of hard work and dedication, McAuley Catholic senior distance runner Kendall Ramsey signed a letter of intent on Monday to join the Pittsburg State University cross country and track and field programs.

“It’s very special and bittersweet because of all the time I’ve put in running and how all of the accomplishments came together,” Ramsey said of making her college decision official. “There were some happy tears today. I’ve had a lot of support from my family, and I can’t thank them enough.” 

Kendall Ramsey

Ramsey said Pittsburg State was her choice for several reasons.

“Their program has had a lot of success,” Ramsey said. “Their running program is great. My brother went to Pitt State, and I liked the environment there. I’m going to be majoring in biology and their biology program stood out to me. I want to do their pre-dental program and then go to dental school.”

As Warriors coach Andy Youngworth pointed out to the school’s student body ahead of the signing ceremony, Ramsey has definitely left her mark on McAuley’s cross country and track programs.

Ramsey is the school record-holder in the 5K (20:46), the 1600 (5:39) and the 3200 (12:23). 

In cross country, Ramsey advanced to the state meet all four years of high school, earning all-state honors as a junior and senior. Ramsey finished eighth and ninth in Class 1 the last two years.

Ramsey was listed on the Southwest Missouri Coaches Association’s all-region team in three straight seasons.

On the track, Ramsey is a two-time state qualifier and one-time state medalist who has also earned multiple conference, district and sectional championships in her signature events, the 1600 and the 3200. 

Ramsey finished sixth in the 1600 and ninth in the 3200 at last May’s state track meet. 

Of course, Ramsey still has her senior season of track ahead of her this spring.

Ramsey noted she hopes to finish her prep career on a high note.

“I want to qualify for the state meet again,” she said. “It’s going to be hard because we have some really fast girls in our district and sectional. I want to PR one last time. And if I can make it to the state meet, I want to medal. I’m going to work hard to try and accomplish my goals.”


On Monday, McAuley Catholic senior Kendall Ramsey signed to run track and cross country for Pittsburg State University.


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