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Hubs' Ritter a double winner at region meet

May 18, 2008

WESMINSTER, Md. -- Katie Ritter won two races in personal-best times in the final day of action at the Maryland Class 2A West championships Saturday at Winters Mill High School.

The North Hagerstown sophomore won the 100-meter dash in 12.42 seconds and the 400 in 58.60.

Ritter, who entered the meet as the defending region champion in the 100 and 200, finished second in the 200 (25.92) and teamed with Renee Phillips, Shuntia Hamilton and Karoline Rueckerl to place second in the 4x100 relay (51.47).

"I was pretty happy because I wasn't expecting to get the 400, but I'm kind of disappointed about the 200," Ritter said. "I just need to work harder for the 200. I was surprised. I was ranked first, and it didn't really work out.

"You can't win them all, but it'd be nice. I'm still going to states and that's what matters."

The North girls finished second out of 11 teams with 86 points. Middletown won with 141.

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The top four in each event automatically qualified for the state championships, which begin Thursday in Baltimore.

Phillips placed third in all three dashes -- the 100 (12.80), 200 (26.70) and 400 (59.70) -- for the Hubs.

Also for the North girls Saturday, Whitney Garvin (15-10) and Brooke Pettner (15-8) were third and fourth in the long jump, Sam Koterwas was sixth in the 800 (2:33.25), Kendra Smith finished sixth in both the 100 hurdles (17.91) and 300 hurdles (52.28) and the 4x400 relay team finished fifth (4:36.84).

For the South Hagerstown girls, who finished 11th with 12 points, Sara England placed sixth in the pole vault while setting a school record (7-7) and the 4x100 relay team was fourth (52.72).

The Washington County champion South boys finished seventh in the team standings with 30 points, while North was 11th with two.

For the Rebels on Saturday, Devaun Bowie placed third in the triple jump (42-0), Marc Lewis was fourth in both the 110 hurdles (15.76) and 300 hurdles (42.00) and Kyle Toms (123-9) and Matt Almendarez (115-6) were fifth and sixth in discus.

South also placed fourth in the 4x100 in a school-record 44.47 and was sixth in the 4x400 (3:35.32).

Gordon Landsdowne accounted for all of North's scoring in the meet, placing fifth in the 300 hurdles (42.11).

Walkersville edged Clarksburg 115-112 for the team title.

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