Ruth White battles with Anna Robinson during the first mile of the seeded girls race at the Festival of Champions on Oct. 1, 2022, at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, Maine. Credit: Adam Robinson / BDN

Sunny conditions led to some fast times and impressive team performances throughout Classes A, B and C at the Maine state cross country championships at Twin Brook in Cumberland on Saturday.

In the girls Class A state championship, Bonny Eagle’s Addy Thibodeau earned the win with a time of 19:04.08 over the 5-kilometer course. The Scots had five runners within the top 15, scoring a team total of 32 to run away with the Class A team title. 

Bangor finished in fifth with 124 points. 

York was able to secure the Class B girls team title with 63 points. 

Cary Drake was a big reason why York won the team title as the junior won the individual crown in 18:51.82. Mount Desert Island’s Amelia Vandongen was runner-up in 19:11.61. 

Ruth White won her second girls Class C state individual title with a time of 18:02.52. 

White will now prepare to defend her New England championship. 

Orono was able to secure the girls Class C team title on Saturday, as well, scoring 29 points with its first five runners finishing in the top 10. 

“It was just a great performance throughout the whole team,” Orono coach Lin White said. “They came in with a goal and they executed it really well. I was really impressed with the way they competed. I’ve been really fortunate with good teams but this team was one  that stepped up the most. That is a special team. They even exceeded what I even expected of them. I am really proud of the group.”

On the boys side, Charlie Collins continued his fantastic senior season with a state championship, running the course in 16:29.57.

Collins wanted to get out fast, and that’s what he did. 

“My main plan for the race was to control the race and don’t let up on the pace,” Collins said. “I wanted to get a solid lead after the mile and luckily I got it. I knew that I had enough of a lead in the last 800 meters and that I had it in the bag.” 

The Broncos won the boys team title with a points total of 52, placing five runners in the top 21. 

The Freeport boys ran away with the Class B team title, scoring 35 points with its top-five runners finishing in the top 11. John Bapst finished in fourth place with 144 points. 

Carter Libby edged out the individual Class B boys title by running 16:50.13, barely beating Mount Desert Island’s Sam York (16:51.18). 

Bucksport’s William Hileman followed up his Class C North title with a Class C state title, running 16:45.21. 

George Stevens earned the boys team title in Class C with 61 points.

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Adam Robinson is a native of Auburn, Maine, and graduate of Husson University and Edward Little High School. He enjoys sports, going on runs and video games.