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Record-breaking Day in the Heat

July 5, 2018

The annual John Carson Memorial Two-Mile Road Race was held in Chelmsford Center on Wednesday. Women's winner Katrina Coogan, left, set a new women's record time, while Louis Serafini was the overall winner. SUN/Julia Malakie Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

CHELMSFORD -- Despite Wednesday’s extremely hot and sunny weather, it was a record-breaking day at the annual John Carson Two-Mile Road Race in Chelmsford.

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Cambridge’s Katrina Coogan, 24, began her Independence Day festivities by shattering the women’s race record time by finishing in nine minutes and 54 seconds. The previous record of 9:58 was set just last year by Brighton’s Rosa Moriello. Coogan, who ran a 4:57 pace and tied for fourth overall, defeated fellow Cambridge resident and women’s runner-up Holly Rees (10:07) by 13 seconds.

Westford 23-year-old Emily Ruggiero was the top local women’s finisher, taking seventh with a time of 11:44.

Meanwhile, the overall winner was Brighton 26-year-old Louis Serafini, who finished with a time of 8:50, which tied the course record set by Patrick Tarpy (2007) and Louie Luchini (2010).

Serafini won by an impressive 25 seconds, with 28-year-old Neal Darmody, of Bow, N.H., placing second in a time of 9:15.

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