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Ritter's results anything but sorry

May 12, 2007|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Even though Katie Ritter can't help it that she's so fast, the North Hagerstown freshman sprinter all but apologized for her display of speed at the Washington County Track & Field Championships at South Hagerstown.

"I wasn't expecting to beat the seniors I did," Ritter said. "I'm really weird about that. I hate beating seniors because it makes me feel horrible because it's their last year.

"But I want to push myself."

Ritter won the 200-meter dash in 26.80 seconds and ran a leg of the winning 400 relay (50.6) Friday as the meet picked up where it left off Thursday, when it was suspended due to thunder and lightning and forced to go to a second day. On Thursday, Ritter won the 100 and ran a leg of the winning 800 relay.

North senior Tia Scott was the runner-up to Ritter in the 100 and 200.

"Tia Scott has been my inspiration forever," Ritter said. "She pushes me the hardest. She's been like a big sister to me, helping me through everything and giving me little tips.

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"She's like family, so it's like horrible. But she tells me, 'Don't worry about it. I had my time to shine.'"

As expected, the Williamsport girls and Smithsburg boys teams, both reigning Maryland Class 1A state champions, took the team titles. The Wildcats outscored runner-up North 199 1/3 to 131 2/3, while the Leopards' 200 points were 56 more than second-place Williamsport's total.

"It's kind of hard with the two-day thing, when you don't expect it," Williamsport coach John Bailey said. "It's hard to come back mentally, but we did a good job today.

"This is just a step for us. It's one step at a time, and you can't skip a step."

Jamal Campbell finished 4-for-4 for the Smithsburg boys, winning the 300 hurdles (41.10) and triple jump (44-0 3/4) Friday after winning the 110 hurdles and long jump Thursday. Other Smithsburg winners included Leon Souders in the pole vault (12-0) and Tyler Barnhart in the discus (122-10).

"Our big guys came through, and at counties you also really need depth with eight places scoring," Leopards coach Ray Shriver said. "The effort's where it needs to be this time of the year."

The final prep showdown between senior stars Chad Brown and Jarell Hasan, who will compete in separate classes at regions and states, went to North's Hasan. He won the 200 in 22.02, while Smithsburg's Brown was second in 22.40.

"I came to win the 200. It was our last race, so I had to do something," said Hasan, who was edged by two-hundredths of a second in an historic 100 Thursday as Brown stopped the clock in 10.74 for a new all-time county record.

While Hasan's 22.02 wasn't a county record, it was a meet record. The previous mark of 22.1 was set in 1988 by South's Dwayne Freeman, who also held the previous county record in the 100 (10.84).

"When I race Chad, I always know it's going to be one crazy race," Hasan said.

Other boys winners included Williamsport's Jesse Buchman in the 800 (2:03.66), the Leopards in the 400 relay (45.4) and the Rebels in the 1,600 relay (3:36.77).

Other girls winners included Boonsboro's Hayley Harnett in the 800 (2:24.04) and Katie Farr in the pole vault (8-0), Williamsport's Amy Taylor in the 300 hurdles (48.90), Smithsburg's Katie Seifarth in the triple jump (33-0) and the Wildcats in the 1,600 relay (4:11.04).

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