Cranston’s David Principe Jr. continued his impressive cross country season when he won the USATF Junior Olympic New England championship in the boys’ youth division on Nov. 11. Competing for the Sentinel Striders Running Club, Principe ran away from the field on the 4K course in Amherst, N.H., and finished in a personal best time of 13:45. He finished almost 45 seconds in front of the second place runner.
At the Regional Championships held on Long Island the following week, Principe was locked in a battle with the Connecticut state champion for the first half of the race. Principe used his strength to pull away from his fellow competitor on the second half of the course and won the Regional Association Championship. He covered the 4K course in a e time of 13:02, 25 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Principe will be competing for a chance to win the national title at the USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship to be held in Albuquerque New Mexico on December 8.