Hubs' Ritter doesn't fritter away chances


WESTMINSTER, Md. -- A total of 15 individual athletes and five relay teams from North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown qualified for next weekend's Maryland state track and field meet during the final day of the Class 2A West championships at Winters Mill High School on Saturday.

But the day belonged to North junior Katie Ritter.

Ritter won the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes -- every individual event she entered -- while also helping the 4x100 relay team to a second-place finish. She will run all four events next weekend in search of her first state title.

"I don't want to say I was too confident, but I felt good this morning. (Winning all three events) was on my mind but I was just focused on getting to states," Ritter said. "I'm focusing mainly on the 400 because I think that's my best event. I was second in the 400 last year at states, so I'm looking for a first this year."


"She's been out for a while because she's been hurt (with a toe injury). She's only been back 100 percent for two weeks," North coach Bobby Waugh said. "She's a fighter. She's one of those people who needs to win."

Ritter joined South's La Kesa McClain (girls shot put) and Devaun Bowie (boys triple jump) as the only North and South athletes to grab first-place finishes Saturday.

The top four finishers in each event also punched tickets to Baltimore next weekend and that list included Fredric Owusu-Ayim (100, 200) from the North boys and Renee Phillips (100, 200), Imani Carter (100), Corie Anderson (400), Beth Wagner (100 hurdles and 300 hurdles), Brooke Pettner (long jump) and Amber Elliot (pole vault) for the Hubs girls.

From South, Sam Johnson (110 hurdles, triple jump), Tywan Lee (300 hurdles), Moussa Diarra (triple jump) and Kyle Toms (discus) qualified among the boys as well as Sarah England (pole vault) for the girls.

Among the relays, North qualified in the girls 4x100 and 4x400 and South advanced in the boys and girls 4x100 and the girls 4x400.

"We really turned it around since last week," Waugh said. "We had three girls run the 100 (Ritter, Phillips and Carter) and all three got in (to states). Corie Anderson wasn't even in the top heat (in the 400) and she got third. That's incredible."

"I'm pretty pleased with the efforts," Rebels coach Dwayne Freeman said. "We picked it up from last week. They're a good example of how hard work pays off."

In addition to some dominant performances, the day had its share of close calls, too. Carter tied for fourth in the 100 and Lee did the same in the 300 hurdles to sneak into states right on the number. Wagner edged Walkersville's Chelsea Young by just over half a second for the final spot in the 100 hurdles and the Rebels boys grabbed the fourth and final spot in the 4x100 by eight one-hundredths of a second.

McClain, who also qualified for states by winning the discus Thursday, easily won the shot put with a heave of 34 feet, six inches on her very first throw.

"I thought I would place but I didn't think I would win," she said. "My best throw this year was over 35 feet so that's what I was aiming for."

"We had our awards banquet last night and she's our team MVP for the girls," Freeman said.

Bowie headed an impressive trio of Rebels triple jumpers. He won with a jump of 42-6 1/2, just ahead of Johnson in second place and Diarra in fourth.

"We expected to do well in the triple jump," Freeman said. "Coming in, the kids knew what the qualifying standard would be so that was our goal."

Md. 2A West championships

Day 2 of 2


Boys results

Team scores: 1. Clarksburg 112; 2. Middletown 99; 3. Walkersville 65; 4. South Hagerstown 64; 5. Winters Mill 53; 6. Century 47; 7. Francis Scott Key 41; 8. North Hagerstown 36; 9. Liberty 35; 10. Northwood 6.

Winners and top-6 placewinners from North and South

100 -- 1. Avery Graham (Cl) 11.07; 2. Fredric Owusu-Ayim (NH) 11.28.

200 -- 1. Avery Graham (Cl) 21.96; 2. Fredric Owusu-Ayim (NH) 22.81.

400 -- 1. Mark Small (Cl) 50.10; 5. Ian Anderson (SH) 51.50.

800 -- 1. Tim Souders (Li) 1:59.08.

1,600 -- 1. Chris Frock (WM) 4:30.23.

110 hurdles -- 1. Hunter Lumley (Mi) 15.62; 3. Sam Johnson (SH) 16.06.

300 hurdles -- 1. Naseem Zietoon (Cl) 41.06; 4.Tywan Lee (SH) 41.90.

4x100 -- 1. Clarksburg 42.61; 4. South 44.28.

4x400 -- 1. Middletown 3:27.70; 3.South 3:28.81.

High jump -- 1. Thomas Butler (FSK) 6-6.

Triple jump -- 1. Devaun Bowie (SH) 42-6.5; 2. Sam Johnson (SH) 42-2.5; 4. Moussa Diarra (SH) 41-3.

Discus -- 1. Marcus Kinney (Cl) 135-7; 4. Kyle Toms (SH) 120-7; 6. Matt Almendarez (SH) 118-1.5.

Girls results

Team scores: 1. Middletown 140.5; 2. Clarksburg 124.5; 3. North Hagerstown 11; 4. Century 59.5; 5. Liberty 33.5; 6. South Hagerstown 33; 7. Winters Mill 22; 8. Walkersville 16; 9. Rockville 10; 10. Northwood 9.

100 -- 1. Katie Ritter (NH) 12.79; 2. Renee Phillips (NH) 12.95; 4. Imani Carter (NH) 13.76.

200 -- 1. Katie Ritter (NH) 26.40; 2. Renee Phillips (NH) 26.60; 6. Kayla Freeman (SH) 27.74.

400 -- 1. Katie Ritter (NH) 59.55; 3. Corie Anderson (NH) 1:01.05; 5. Kayla Freeman (SH) 1:01.83.

800 -- 1. Maura Linde (Ce) 2:19.88.

1,600 -- Maura Linde (Ce) 5:05.99.

100 hurdles -- 1. Kathryn Papuchis (Mi) 16.11; 4. Beth Wagner (NH) 17.24.

300 hurdles -- 1. Nana Langa (Cl) 47.26; 2. Beth Wagner (NH) 48.85.

4x100 relay -- 1. Clarksburg, 50.19; 2. North 50.71; 4. South 52.29.

4x400 relay -- 1. Clarksburg 4:04.44; 2. North 4:09.86.

Long jump -- 1. Sarah Wrieden (Mi) 17-10.5; 4. Brooke Pettner (NH) 16-3.

Pole vault -- 1. Allison Hemme (Mi) 8-8; 3t. Sarah England (SH), Amber Elliott (NH) 7-8.

Shot put -- 1. La Kesa McClain (SH) 34-6.

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