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186th FTC Friday Night Five

Falmouth, MA, January 12, 2001

Norton & McPherson Triumph in 186th FTC Friday Night Five

by Courtney Bird

Mike Norton of Falmouth and Trish McPherson of Pocasset were the fastest in their respective divisions in the FTC Frday Night Five. Twentry-three runners enjoyed the clear, 31 degree, windless night in the 186th edition of this weekely run.

Norton and Bill O'Mara of Bristol, RI took off together and jumped out to a quick lead over the rest of the pack. But as the miles wore on, Norton's younger legs proved to be the difference, and he crossed the line more than a minute ahead of O'Mara in 27:56. O'Mara followed in 29:08, and the top five was rounded out by Corey Keesling (31:20), Phil Riposo (34:26), and Dave McPherson (34:31).

In the Women's race, Trish McPherson, held off a fast charging Laurie Fife by one second to win her first Friday Night Five with a time of 41:29. Fife was not too disappointed, however, because she set a PR by 41 seconds! Andree Ramsey, was third in 42:50, followed by Judi Keller (46:34), and Mary Leonard and Madeleine Marken who tied for fifth in 48:20.

The FTC Friday Night Five is held every Friday evening at 5:30 in Town Hall Square - rain, snow or shine. All are welcome to run this free, self-timed five mile race. Because of the darkness, reflective running gear is required.

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