Dulaney High junior Amanda White earned a return trip to the Kinney National cross country championships with a runner-up finish in the Northeast Regional yesterday.
White covered the 5,000-meter course at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y., in 17 minutes, 51.5 seconds, more than 28 seconds faster than she did in 1990, when she placed third in the regional. She was second this time to another junior, Liz Mueller of Waterford, Conn., who was timed in 17:32.4. Mueller was seventh in the nationals as a freshman in 1989.
"I was with her heading into the woods at about 1 1/2 miles," White said, "but I couldn't hold on to Mueller after that. We ran the first mile in about five minutes, and it was different, going out that fast and having someone else respond."
White, already a two-time Baltimore Sun Runner of the Year, will next compete in the Kinney Nationals Dec. 14 in San Diego, where she was a surprise third-place finisher a year ago.
First, she was headed to the U.S. Open Swimming Championships in Minneapolis, where she was to compete in the 200 breast stroke today. A member of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, White is within a half-second of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
With the top eight finishers in the region qualifying for the Kinney championships, another Marylander advanced on the boys' side. Bethesda's Pascal Dobert, the state Class 3A champion from Walt Whitman High, was sixth in 16:06. New Jersey's Brendan Heffernan won in 15:38.2.
The top boy from the Baltimore area was MSA champion Romero Wilson of Mount St. Joseph, who was 77th in 17:12. He was three places and three seconds ahead of Loyola's Gavin McCarty. Glenelg's Gerard Hogan (108th) was timed in 17:32; Severna Park's Jarrett Hon (141st) in 17:46; and Milford Mill's Mike Mamo (155th) finished in 17:53. There were 275 starters in the boys seeded race.
Beside White in the seeded girls race, Cumberland's Michelle Barrett was 23rd, in 19:36. Glenelg's Alicia Adams was 42nd in 20:00, and Poly's Anita Manning was 109th in 21:07. There were 198 starters in the girls seeded race.