Ben True, a native of North Yarmouth and graduate of Greely High and Dartmouth College, placed 36th for the United States in his international racing debut today at the 39th IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Punta Umbria, Spain.

True, 25, ran the 12-kilometer course in 35 minutes, 56 seconds. He was the first of five American men to finish among a field of 120.

Imana Marga of Ethiopia won the race ahead of four Kenyan runners in a time of 33:50.

Led by True, the United States placed 10th of 17 teams. Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda swept the top three places.

In the women’s race, Shalane Flanagan placed third overall to lead the U.S. women to third among 15 teams behind Kenya and Ethiopia. Molly Huddle, Magdalena Lewy-Boulet and Blake Russell finished 17th, 18th and 19th for the U.S.