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31st Annual Seagull Six

Woods Hole, MA, April 6, 2008

Nevas and Colleran Take Top Honors in 31st Annual Seagull Six Road Race

by Courtney Bird

Defending champion Joe Navas, 37, of North Eastham and the Cape Cod Athletic Club topped the field in the 31st Annual Seagull Six 5.74-mile Road Race held on Sunday, April 6, in Woods Hole. Navas imporved on his 2007 time and finished in 30:35. Kathleen Colleran, 45, of Seattle, Washinton ran a 42:27 to finish as the top woman overall and first woman master.

It was "déjà vu all over again" as Nevas and his fellow CCAC teammate Geof Newton of Yarmouth Port ran 1 and 2 for the second year in a row. As was the case in 2007, Nevas took charge of the race from the beginning, led the whole way, and finished about two minutes ahead of Newton who covered the course in 32:32 and was first master. Ken Gartner, 47, of West Falmouth and the Falmouth Track Club finished third overall and 2nd master in 35:20. Fourth overall was Matt Plant, 30, of Waquoit and the FTC who ran 36:23. Fifth Overall was Kevin Sheasgreen, 35, of Whitman, MA in 37:09.

In the women's race, it was quite competitive for the first two places. Kathleen Colleran was closely pursued by Molly Hutt, 33, of East Falmouth who finished with a time of 42:38 -- 11 seconds behind. About 2 minutes later East Sandwich's Polly Papsadore finished in 44:17. She was followed by Kate Naples also of East Sandwich (45:05), and 12-year-old Lauren McCabe of North FalmouthE (45:31).

It was a raw and overcast day with a steady wind from the northeast and occaisional sprinkles of rain. But in spite of the threatening skies about than 60 runners post-entered. When the window rattling blast from the FTC Cannon shattered the Sunday morning quiet of downtown Woods Hole, the enthusiatic field of 162 runners took off for its tour of the scenic and hilly loop course. In addition, as there has been for the last several years, a 2.5 mile non-competitive walk was held in conjunction with the event to raise money for breast cancer prevention programs in Falmouth.

There were 150 finishers in this year's Seagull Six. The race has been staged annually by the Falmouth Track Club since 1978 and was again sponsored by Lawrence Lynch Corporation, together with Falmouth Podiatry, Falmouth Physical Therapy, anhd the Captain Kidd. A portion of proceeds from the race will benefit the Falmouth High School running programs.

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