Jamie Ruginski of the University of Southern Maine earned his fourth national title Thursday, winning the long jump on the opening day of the NCAA Division III track and field championships in Canton, New York.

Ruginski, a senior from Buxton, broke his own school record with a jump of 24 feet, 6 1/4 inches on the fourth of his six attempts. His previous record was 24-2 1/2.

On Saturday, Ruginski will seek his fourth straight NCAA triple jump title. He’s the defending champion outdoors and a two-time champion indoors.

In other Thursday events, Sean Enos of Bates placed seventh in the men’s discus (171-3), Erin Silva of Bowdoin finished sixth in the women’s pole vault (12-5 1/2), and Peyton Dostie of USM qualified for the women’s 400-meter hurdles final with the fifth-best time (1:01.45).

USM’s men’s 1,600-meter relay team – Zach Miller, Jeremy Collins, Daniel Webb and Kevin Desmond – posted the 11th fastest time in qualifying and did not advance to the final.

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