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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

Area Sports Schedules

Four Rivers Baseball Classic

Pools

Pool A — Borgia, Wright City, Owensville

Pool B — Festus, St. Clair, St. James

Pool C — Pacific, Montgomery County, New Haven

Pool D — Rolla, Hermann, Washington

All pool games 4:30 p.m. unless noted

Friday, March 20

Festus 11, St. James 1 (5 innings)

Washington 7, Hermann 1

Monday, March 23

Wright City 4, Borgia 3

Festus 10, St. Clair 0

Washington 8, Rolla 2

Pacific 14, Montgomery County 0

Tuesday, March 24

Borgia 7, Owensville 0

Wednesday, March 25

Wright City 9, Owensville 8

Pacific 11, New Haven 0

Friday, March 27

Rolla 21 Hermann 1

St. Clair at St. James, PPD

Montgomery County at New Haven, PPD

Saturday, March 28

Championship Bracket

Wright City 5, Pacific 4

Washington 11, Festus 1

Third-place — Festus 8, Pacific 3

Championship — Wright City 7, Washington 5

Consolation Bracket

Borgia 13, Montgomery County 0

Rolla 9, St. Clair 5

Third-place  — St. Clair 14, Montgomery County 3

Championship — Rolla 8, Borgia 2

Bronze Bracket

Owensville 9, New Haven 0

Hermann 16, St. James 12

Third-place — New Haven 20, St. James 9

Championship — Owensville 13, Hermann 12

Other Baseball

Saturday, March 21

Union 10, Russellville 4

Union 5, Rolla 3

Crosspoint 6, Patriots 2

Crosspoint 9, Sidewinders 8

Monday, March 23

O'Fallon Christian 7, Union 6 (10 innings)

Tuesday, March 24

Crosspoint at Sidewinders    4:30 p.m.

Friday, March 27

Liberty Christian at Crosspoint    3:30 p.m.

Plaza Heights at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Monday, March 30

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Pacific at Parkway South    4:30 p.m.

Waynesville at Union   4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 31

Borgia at Seckman    4:30 p.m.

Cuba at Union    4:30 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Christian Fellowship    5 p.m.

Girls Soccer

Friday, March 20

Washington 4, Troy 3

Webster Groves 4, Union 1

*St. Clair 2, Owensville 0

Borgia at Rolla Tny    TBA

Saturday, March 21

Borgia at Rolla Tny    TBA

Monday, March 23

*Union 10, St. Clair 0

*Pacific 6, Owensville 0

Tuesday, March 24

*Pacific 3, St. Clair 0

*Notre Dame 2, Borgia 1

Wednesday, March 25

Union 1, Borgia 1 (Game called in second OT due to lightning)

Thursday, March 26

Borgia at Villa Duchesne    PPD

*Union 10, Owensville 0

St. Clair 10, Newburg 0

Mehlville 4, Pacific 0

Friday, March 27

Washington 3, Pacific 1

Monday, March 30

Union at Warrenton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at North County    5 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 31

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    5 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

Boys Golf

Tuesday, March 24

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia, PPD

Wednesday, March 25

Washington 157, Borgia 169, Cuba 182, St. Clair 188 (Co-medalists W-Matt Hoemann, C-Tyler Feiser 36)

Monday, March 30

Union Inv    8 a.m.

Washington at Bogey Hills Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, March 31

*Pacific at St. James    2 p.m.

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

*Union/Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Track

Saturday, March 21

Washington at Wash U Inv    10 a.m.

Monday, March 23

Union at Hillsboro Relays    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 24

New Haven at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Pacific Quad    PPD

Thursday, March 26

St. Clair, Pacific at Hermann    4 p.m.

Saturday, March 28

Borgia at AAA Relays, TBA    9 a.m.

Union at Festus Early Bird    TBA

Tuesday, March 31

Borgia Inv    4 p.m.

Pacific Tri-Meet    4 p.m.

Boys Volleyball

Tuesday, March 24

Cape Notre Dame def Borgia, 25-17, 25-10

Thursday, March 26

*Borgia at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Friday, March 27

Borgia at St. Louis Preseason Blast    TBA

Saturday, March 28

Borgia at St. Louis Preseason Blast    TBA

College Softball

Friday, March 20

Cottey at ECC    PPD

Saturday, March 21

Central Methodist JV 9, ECC 0

ECC 13, Central Methodist JV 4

Sunday, March 22

ECC at Missouri Valley JV    PPD

Tuesday, March 24

Joliet at ECC    PPD

Wednesday, March 25

ECC 9, Culver-Stockton JV 5

ECC 12, Culver-Stockton JV 4

Thursday, March 26

*St. Charles at ECC    PPD

Monday, March 30

ECC at Lewis & Clark    2 p.m.

Tuesday, March 31

*Jefferson at ECC    2 p.m.

2015 District Basketball Tournaments

Boys Basketball

Class 2 District 4

At Barat Academy, Chesterfield

Monday, Feb. 23

(4) Barat Academy 60, (5) Silex 40

(2) Clopton 73, (7) McKinley Classical Leadership 52

(6) Crossroads 38, (3) New Haven 29

Wednesday, Feb. 25

Clopton 56, Crossroads 27

(1) Crystal City 68, Barat 64

Friday, Feb. 27

Championship — Crystal City 66, Clopton 63

Class 3 District 8

At South Callaway, Mokane

Tuesday, Feb. 24

(1) Father Tolton 81, (8) Mongtomery Co 46

(5) Southern Boone 68, (4) Hermann 41

(2) California 70, (7) North Callaway 36

(3) South Callaway 87, (6) Hallsville 66

Thursday, Feb. 26

Father Tolton 40, Southern Boone 23

South Callaway 60, California 34

Saturday, Feb. 28

Championship — Father Tolton 72, South Callaway 60

Class 3 District 9

At St. James

Tuesday, Feb. 24

(1) Blair Oaks 70, (8) Dixon 47

(5) Steelville 51, (4) St. James  48

(2) Eugene 77, (7) Cuba 46

(3) Fatima 59, (6) Bourbon 48

Thursday, Feb. 26

Blair Oaks 81,  Steelville 43

Eugene 50, Fatima 45

Monday, March 2

Championship — Blair Oaks 69, Eugene 44

Class 4 District 9

At Sullivan

Tuesday, March 3

(5) St. Clair 81, (4) Union 60

(3) Sullivan 66 vs. (6) Owensville 40

Friday, March 6

(1) Pacific 66, St. Clair 41

(2) Borgia 46, Sullivan 45

Saturday, March 7

Championship — Borgia 66, Pacific 63

Tuesday, March 10

Sectional

Rolla 72, Borgia 43

Class 5 District 8

At Washington

Monday, March 2

(4) Washington 58, (5) Eureka 46

Thursday, March 5

(1) Lafayette 66, Washington 36

(3) Parkway Central 57, (2) Marquette 46

Friday, March 6

Championship — Lafayette 43, Parkway Central 40

Girls Basketball

Class 2 District 4

At Barat Academy, Chesterfield

Tuesday, Feb. 24

(4) Crystal City 43, (5) Crossroads 23

(3) New Haven 46, (6) Barat Academy 15

Wednesday, Feb. 25

New Haven 53, (2) Silex 44

(1) Clopton 65, Crystal City 25

Friday, Feb. 27

Championship — Clopton 34, New Haven 25

Class 3 District 8

At South Callaway, Mokane

Monday, Feb. 23

(1) Hallsville 52, (8) Mongtomery Co. 40

(4) California 56, (5) Father Tolton 54

(2) Southern Boone 62, (7) South Callaway 37

(6) Hermann 54, (3) North Callaway 44

Wednesday, Feb. 25

Hallsville 44, California 40

Southern Boone 43, Hermann 40

Friday, Feb. 27

Championship — Southern Boone 45, Hallsville 25

Class 3 District 9

At St. James

Monday, Feb. 23

(1) St. James 86, (8) Bourbon 22

(5) Eugene 51, (4) Blair Oaks 48

(2) Fatima 61, (7) Steelville 29

(3) Cuba 46, (6) Dixon 30

Wednesday, Feb. 25

St. James 67, Eugene 21

Fatima 61, Cuba 30

Friday, Feb. 27

Championship — St. James 59, Fatima 39

Thursday, March 5

St. James 46, Licking 38

Saturday, March 7

Quarterfinals

Buffalo 66, St. James 53 (OT)

Class 4 District 9

At Sullivan

Monday, March 2

(5) Owensville 65, (4) Union 40

(3) St. Clair 75, (6) Pacific 68

Thursday, March 5

(1) Borgia 60, Owensville 51 (OT)

(2) Sullivan 68, St. Clair 54

Saturday, March 7

Championship — Borgia 42, Sullivan 35

Tuesday, March 10

Sectional

Borgia 48, Osage 30

Saturday, March 14

Quarterfinals

Hillcrest 64, Borgia 54

Class 5 District 8

At Washington

Monday, March 2

(5) Lafayette, 6 p.m. 44, (4) Parkway Central 43

Tuesday, March 3

(1) Washington 46, Lafayette 34

(3) Eureka 63, (2) Marquette 53

Friday, March 6

Championship — Washington 68, Eureka 51

Wednesday, March 11

Sectional

Washington 53, McCluer North 48

Saturday, March 14

Quarterfinal

Parkway North 64, Washington 53.

*Conference Games

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