Miracle Wright, three-time track state champion, receives rings at Red Level

Published 1:00 pm Saturday, December 9, 2023

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Red Level School sophomore Miracle Wright was presented with two 2023 state championship rings during halftime of the varsity boys’ game Thursday night against Straughn.

Her accomplishments include winning the 100-meter dash for three consecutive years and being on the 4×100-meter relay team that won a state title two years ago. She was state runner-up in the 200-meter dash as a seventh and eighth grader before winning the event as a freshman last year.

Dist. 4 county commissioner Tommy McGaha presented a proclamation to her on behalf of the Covington County Commission for her track achievements at a River Falls town council meeting in July.

Affectionately known as Hattie to all those around her, Miracle was born prematurely about 14 weeks early and weighed only 2 pounds when she was born. Her mother said she had to be resuscitated at birth and was a delayed walker in her early days. The family was originally going to name her Isabella but chose to call her Miracle instead due to the physical obstacles she faced early in her life.

During a physical therapy appointment, her mother found out about Miracle’s delayed motor skills. Doctors wanted to put braces on her legs and straighten her feet because they were turned outward. As a baby, she was unable to turn her feet inward.

Instead, Miracle’s grandmother Alberta Shine believed in an old superstition and took a dishrag across her knees while the two rocked in a recliner every day. Despite not learning to walk until she was almost three years old, Miracle overcame all those obstacles to become a track star, cheer, and play basketball at Red Level.

She is the daughter of Pinka Shine and Jamie Wright and granddaughter of the late Alberta Shine and Clifford Ball.