Ruth White defended her regional title on Saturday, winning her second New England cross-country championship by a decisive 42 seconds.
White finished the girls’ 5K in 17:51.24 on the Ponaganset High School Cross Country Course in North Scituate, Rhode Island, a margin of victory of 42 seconds. Last year, she won in challenging conditions at Thetford Academy, finishing in 18:44, 23 seconds faster than the next runner.
The win marks the latest impressive achievement for the Orono High School junior, who claimed her second Maine girls Class C state individual title last month, finishing in 18:02, the second fastest in state meet history.
Mount Desert Island’s Amelia Vandongen came in sixth place and Bonny Eagle’s Addy Thibodeau finished 10th in the girls 5K run on Saturday.