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North's Hasan, Ritter win 2A West track gold

May 20, 2007|By CHRIS CARTER

North Hagerstown senior Jarell Hasan admitted he felt a bit tired during the 200-meter dash Saturday in Day 2 of the Maryland Class 2A West Track & Field Championships.

But with the finish line in sight, Hasan found the energy to surge and he pulled ahead of Walkersville's D.J. Watkins to win the event - his second title of the day - and advance to the state meet next week.

Hasan won with a time of 22.6 seconds after winning the 100 in 11.2 earlier in the day.

"I was still kind of winded from the 100," Hasan said. "In the 200, I started fast to see what some of the other kids were going to do. Some of them dropped off after about 90 meters, but D.J. didn't."

Hasan hit the burners late to win by three-tenths of a second. He led the 100 from start to finish to beat Century's Theron Johnson and Watkins, who was third.

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Freshman Katie Ritter matched Hasan with wins in both the 100 and the 200, and also advances to the state meet, which begins Thursday at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

"We're going to states. It's awesome," said Ritter, who won the 100 in 13.1 and the 200 in 27 flat.

Ritter beat third-place teammate Tia Scott by four-tenths of a second. Scott is the only other individual 2A state qualifier, and she narrowly missed qualifying for a second event, but finished fifth in the 200.

"(Scott) pushes me to go my hardest all the time," said Ritter. "We're usually not that far apart and she makes sure I give it my best every time."

Ritter and Scott were also a part of the North's second-place 400 relay team, which lost by one-tenth of a second to Middletown.

Scott ran the second leg of the race and put the Hubs in the lead for Ritter, who gained even more separation in the third leg. But just as they did in the 800 relay on Thursday, the Hubs couldn't hold off the Knights, who won in 50.5.

"I though we had it, but I guess the wind got us again," Ritter said.

South qualified its boys 400 relay team - the only Rebels qualifiers Saturday. The team of Jamal Kirby, Eric Phillips, Chris Callahan and Ian Anderson finished third in 45.1.

North fell out of the running in the 400 relay after mishandling the first handoff. The Hubs never contended and even Hasan, who anchored the team, couldn't bring them back - they finished seventh.

"We had a chance, but with a botch like that, it would have taken a miracle to come back," Hasan said.

Middletown swept the team championships in dominant fashion. The Knights girls tallied 143 1/2 points, more than doubling second-place Frederick (70). North finished third with 51 points and South did not place.

The Knights boys scored 136 points - exactly twice the total of runner-up Frederick. North was seventh with 26 points and South ninth with 19.

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