XC Countdown 2023: Ruth White (Orono High School)

#1 Ruth White (Orono)

Class of 2024

2022 Results

  • Champs Nationals 17th - 17:55.50
  • Champs Northeast National Qualifier 4th - 17:51.80
  • New England Championship 1st - 17:51.30
  • Class C State 1st - 18:02.52
  • Class C Northern Regional 1st - 17:51.42
  • Festival of Champions 1st - 17:27.15

It's hard to believe that Ruth White is now a senior, and sad to think this is the final cross-country season in Maine we will get to watch her greatness. White has been phenomenal on the trails in high school, she has never lost a cross-country race contested in the state of Maine. Look for her to add her third straight Class C title, and with the New England Championship back at Belfast she will have a chance to win her third straight title. White will look to lead Orono to the team title again as she has done two years in a row. Last fall she qualified for the Champs XC Nationals with a fourth-place finish in the Northeast Regional before going on to place 17th in the country. A return trip to Nationals is certainly in the cards, and a top-ten finish in the National meet is a possibility. 

Getting to Know Ruth

How has your summer training gone? Approximately how many miles have you logged?

My summer training went well. I enjoyed running with my teammates a couple of days a week, and I had a lot of fun running with other Maine runners at Acadian Running Camp. My mileage varied depending on the week.

What are you looking forward to during the 2023 XC season?

I am looking forward to training with my teammates and racing with other Maine runners because the Maine running community is so positive.

What are your goals for the season?

My main goals are to have fun with my teammates and to enjoy my last high school cross-country season.

The biggest takeaway from the 2022 XC Season?

My biggest takeaway from the 2022 XC season was that I want to be a good leader like Ellie Brooks - who graduated last year.

How do you stay motivated when you don't want to go for a run?

Usually, I'm motivated to run, but when it is hard to get out the door, I remind myself that it takes hard work to get better and that I will be happy once I get going.

Favorite XC Course?

Thetford, Vermont

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Favorite pre-race snack?

Banana and almond butter

What was your song of the summer?

"Another Level" by Oh the Larceny