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April 13, 2014

Around the Horn with Lauren McAndrew, Methuen track star, class president and homecoming queen

The rule of thumb is to keep a resume under a page. That might be impossible for Methuen High senior track captain Lauren McAndrew.

She’s a five-time captain (twice in indoor track, twice in outdoor, once volleyball). She scored a 5 on her AP biology exam sophomore year and scored fours last year in AP English and Environmental Science. She’s currently studying for AP Calculus BC and English Lit.

McAndrew is ranked No. 2 in her class, won the Harvard Book Award of Boston, is treasurer of the National Honor Society and president of Peer Leaders.

Wait, there’s more. She’s homecoming queen, class president the last two years and a two-year committee chair for the Relay for Life.

In this week’s Around the Horn, McAndrew spoke of being the only girl in a large family, her college decision and meeting Dane Cook.

How do you accomplish so much? “Self-determination and support of friends and family.”

How has the season gone for you personally? “We just had our first meet. I didn’t do too bad.”

What events do you do? “I did the long jump. I will do 400 hurdles and 4x400, too.”

What’s your favorite event? “Probably the 4x400.”

The 400 hurdles can be a brutal event. “It’s definitely a tough race physically and mentally. Your body just gives out in the last 100. I like it. It shows you can do whatever you put you mind to.”

How can I put this delicately, do you puke after the 400 hurdles? “Not every time. Sometimes.”

What’s your favorite personal athletic achievement? “The 4x400 team making All-States this winter. That was pretty awesome. It was me, Eladia Cespedes, Wileshka Samuel and Jazmin Encarcion.”

How do you like new head coach Nick Collopy? “He’s an amazing coach. He’s been an assistant since freshman year so it wasn’t too tough an adjustment.”

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