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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 3:00 pm

It could not have been much better of a weekend for Sullivan senior Macy Ritter.

Competing in the MSHSAA Class 3 track and field championships last Friday and Saturday at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Ritter captured all-state honors in four events, including the state title in the long jump.

The top eight finishers in each event earned state medals.

Ritter won the long jump with a leap of 18-0 and finished fourth in the triple jump with an effort of 35-3 1/2. She’s the first female athlete to win a state track and field title at Sullivan High School.

The 400-meter relay team of Ritter, Bria Bartolotta, Brianna Winistoerfer and Natasha Snavely placed sixth in a time of 49.91.

The 800-meter relay team of Ritter, Bartolotta, Winistoerfer and Natalie Schriever was sixth in 1:45.97.

Ritter’s performance helped the Lady Eagles win a state trophy for a third-place finish in Class 3.

“It’s really exciting to see the team do so well. We’ve had a good season. It’s been a good senior year,” Ritter said. “It feels really good to win four medals. I thought I had a good chance to do it. It’s an awesome way to end my high school career.”

Ritter won the long jump title in dramatic fashion on Friday. Entering her last jump of the finals, Ritter stood in second place with an effort of 17-0.

Kayla McGee of Lincoln College Prep was in first place at 17-10.

Needing to beat 17-10 for the state title, Ritter exploded for a distance of 18-0, a full foot better than her previous best mark of the day.

“I feel awesome. I’m very happy,” Ritter said after receiving her state medal. “I didn’t really feel I had a chance to do this. I kind of thought about it and then the girl jumped 17-10. I knew it was going to be tough to beat that, but I somehow pulled out an 18 on my last jump. I usually do good under pressure.”

Sullivan Coach Pat Burke said Ritter came through in the clutch.

“Macy saved one of her best jumps of the season for her final jump, winning the event on the last jump of the competition,” Burke said. “It was great to see her get that. She lost the championship last year in the exact same fashion, so it was nice to see some redemption.”

Considering that Ritter’s personal best in the long jump is 18-4, she knew she could beat 17-10.

“Going into the last jump, I had to pump myself up in my head,” Ritter said. “I had to have Bria (Bartolotta) pump me up. It definitely helped. It gives me a lot more confidence and helps me out.”

Bartolotta also won all-state medals in the same four events Ritter did.

So how exactly did Bartolotta pump Ritter up for her final jump?

“Pretty much in every one of her events, I sit there and give her little speeches. That seems to get her going somehow,” Bartolotta said. “I just told her that she got second place last year. You’ve jumped over 17-10 before. You can do this. And she went out and did it.”

Ritter came back on Saturday and finished fourth in the triple jump with a best effort of 35-3 1/2.

“My second jump was the best, but I scratched. It was an awesome jump, one of the best jumps I’ve ever had. It was probably a high 36 or low 37,” Ritter said. “It’s still pretty good to get fourth place. I’m happy for Bria. I didn’t know what to expect. I just went out there and did my best. I wasn’t expecting to place this high.”

Ritter made big strides in the triple jump in a short period of time.

“We switched Macy over to the triple before the conference meet and she has been getting stronger and stronger,” Burke said. “Macy had a monster jump on her second finals jump. It would have easily won the meet, but she barely scratched on the board. It was huge, definitely her best jump of the season.

Ritter and her sprint relay teammates competed in the preliminaries on Friday and the finals on Saturday, notching sixth-place finishes in both the 400- and 800-meter relays.

“I was very proud of our two sprint relays,” Burke said. “We have talked all year about making it to Saturday in both the 4x100 and the 4x200. The girls knew that they would most likely have to run school records to get there.”

It was a banner weekend for Ritter and Bartolotta.

“Macy and Bria accumulated 27 individual points of our 36,” Burke said. “Those girls work incredibly hard at what they do and this was a great reward for that hard work.”

Ritter leads a senior class at Sullivan that enjoyed tremendous success in track and field.

“I can’t say enough about our seniors. They are such a great group of competitors. To say that they will be missed is an understatement,” Burke said. “Not only are they tremendous athletes, but they are very special young ladies who have worked extremely hard and have dedicated themselves to this sport and their team. I couldn’t be more proud of these girls. “I’m going to miss our seniors as they move on to college. A couple of them will be running in college, so it’s nice to see them continue in the sport that they excel in.”

Ritter said she will continue her track and field career probably at either Southeast Missouri State University or the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games

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