Ritter helps put Hubs into some fast 2A company

February 07, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

North Hagerstown junior Katie Ritter will enter the Maryland State Indoor Track Championships on the heels of a very impressive Class 2A West showing.

Ritter was outstanding in sweeping the girls 55- and 300-meter dashes Saturday as the Hubs turned in a solid girls team performance, finishing second with 73 points at the HCC athletic complex. Middletown won the team title with 106 points.

"I'm definitely satisfied with the girls," Hubs coach Sarina Hamilton said. "They came together this year as a team."

Ritter, who entered the meet as the top seed in both events, won the 55 in 7.52 seconds -- 0.14 seconds faster than her seeded time -- and rolled to the 300 title in a blazing personal-best 42.15, which was 0.44 seconds faster than her seeded time.

"The 300 is the only race I normally get real nervous for," Ritter said. "I've only run it three or four times. When I was coming around the backstretch, I caught the first-place girl and I could tell she was hurting a little, so I pushed even harder."


"Early this season, Katie had us all quite nervous," Hamilton said. "She was ill most of the first half of the season. She's where she's at through hard work and determination."

Hubs junior Renee Philips finished second to Ritter in the 55 in 7.67 seconds, and third in the 300 in 44.50. She ran through a strained hamstring, which she had wrapped, and said it wasn't bothering her.

"We work hard, and we know when we go into an event we can get first and second," Philips said. "I'm really pleased and excited about it."

Hubs sophomore Beth Wagner won the girls high jump title, clearing 5 feet, 1 inch in a jump-off against Middletown's Sarah Wrieden, who missed after Wagner cleared the height. Each girl missed 5-1 on their first three attempts.

"Sarah's a really good jumper. She always has great form," Wagner said. "I just relaxed and took a step back. My dad said, 'You're going to states win or lose,' and that kind of took the pressure off."

"Beth has always worked hard and shown quite a bit of determination to do her absolute best in the high jump, and she proved it today," Hamilton said.

Hubs junior Kendra Smith finished a surprising third in the girls 55 hurdles in 9.94 seconds. She was seeded sixth at 9.85.

"My prelim race was really bad, so I was nervous," Smith said. "But I knew I had a chance to go (to states), so I had to get it together. I'm pretty pumped."

The Hubs' 4x200 relay team of Smith, Wagner, Philips and Ritter finished second in 1:51.37, just 0.11 seconds behind Middletown as Philips and Ritter closed the gap.

North's 4x800 relay team of Alison Harrell, Taryn Shank, Christine Brugh and Brooke Pettner finished third in 10:32.32. Harrell later finished fourth in the 3,200 in 12:39.52.

South Hagerstown's Sarah England finished fourth in the girls pole vault with a leap of 7-6.

On the boys side, North junior Dominic Sink took second in the pole vault, clearing 12-6. Hubs senior Ben Kelly was third at 11 feet.

"I'm happy with second place," Sink said. "I try to focus mostly on technique. You see these other guys, they're kind of big, and I'm smaller. I can't just rely on strength and speed, so I have to rely on technique."

South Hagerstown's Kyle Toms finished second in the shot put, throwing 47-1 3/4.

"I wish I could have thrown farther, but I gave it all I had today so I'm happy with it," Toms said. "This region is normally the best region Maryland has, so I've seen the toughest competition already. I want to throw at least 50 feet."

Hubs sophomore Anthony Winters placed fourth in the 55 in 6.74 seconds.

All athletes who finished in the top four in an event qualified for the state meet.

Maryland Class 2A

West championships

at HCC athletic complex

Winners and area top 6 finishers


Team standings: 1. Winters Mill 101, 2. Clarksburg 66, 3. Walkersville 53, 4. Middletown 45, 5. Liberty 32, 6. Century 22, 7. tie, Douglass-PG and North Hagerstown 18, 9. Fairmont Heights 15, 10. Central 13, 11. Francis Scott Key 11, 12. South Hagerstown 8, 13. Gwynn Park 1.

Individual results: 55 -- 1. Avery Graham (Clark) 6.58, 4. Anthony Winters (NH) 6.74. 55 hurdles -- 1. Fehroz Babazadeh (Walk) 8.19. 300 --1. Graham (Clark) 35.89. 500 -- 1. Mark Small (Clark) 1:09.40. 800 -- 1. Chris Frock (WM) 2:02.35. 1,600 -- 1. Frock (WM) 4:41.98. 3,200 -- 1. Eric Tringalli (WM) 10:23.87. 4x200 relay -- 1. Clarksburg 1:35.32. 4x400 relay -- 1. Winters Mill 3:36.95. 4x800 relay -- 1. Winters Mill 8:29.31. High jump -- 1. Jon Hill (Walk) 7-1. Shot put -- 1. Christian Smith (Clark) 50-10, 2. Kyle Toms (SH) 47-1 3/4. Pole vault -- 1. Alex Edelmann (Midd) 13-0, 2. Dominic Sink (NH) 12-6, 3. Ben Kelly (NH) 11-0.


Team standings: 1. Middletown 106, 2. North Hagerstown 73, 3. Century 52, 4. Liberty 42, 5. Clarksburg 36, 6. Walkersville 34, 7. Winters Mill 31, 8. Gwynn Park 9, 9. Central 8, 10. tie, South Hagerstown and Douglass-PG 4, 12. Rockville 3.

Individual results: 55 -- 1. Katie Ritter (NH) 7.52; 2. Renee Philips (NH) 7.67. 55 hurdles -- 1. Kathryn Papuchis (Midd) 9.12, 3. Kendra Smith (NH) 9.94. 300 -- 1. Ritter (NH) 42.15; 3. Philips (NH) 44.50. 500 -- 1. Brittney Caudle (Midd) 1:20.81. 800 -- 1. Caudle (Midd) 2:27.89. 1,600 -- 1. Caudle (Midd) 5:14.74; 5. Alison Harrell (NH) 5:46.51. 3,200 -- 1. Marau Linde (Cent) 12:14.15, 4. Harrell (NH) 12:39.52. 4x200 relay -- 1. Middletown 1:51.16, 2. North Hagerstown (Kendra Smith, Beth Wagner, Philips, Ritter) 1:51.37. 4x400 relay -- 1. Middletown 4:21.12, 5. North Hagerstown (Smith, Philips, Brooke Pettner, Ritter) 4:44.52. 4x800 relay -- 1. Clarksburg 10:13.45, 3. North Hagerstown (Harrell, Taryn Shank, Christine Brugh, Pettner) 10:32.32. High jump -- 1. Wagner (NH) 5-1. Shot put -- 1. Melissa Shirley (Midd) 33-9 1/4. Pole vault -- 1. Liz Glorioso (Walk) 8-4, 4. Sarah England (SH) 7-6.

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