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January 26, 2013

Around the Horn with Deirdre Martyn, North Andover track star

A grueling race is nothing to Deirdre Martyn.

The North Andover senior has already had to overcome years in a back brace so every race is a victory. Now that she’s healthy, she’s given up soccer and basketball and her times are dropping rapidly.

She’s unbeaten in the MVC and helped North Andover win the league indoor track title in their first year in the league.

In this week’s Around the Horn, Martyn talks about her scoliosis, having a father who is one of the top 50-and-over runners in the country and her new found love of country music.

How is your season going? “It has been going really well. We’re undefeated so far and just won the Division 2 state relays. I’ve been undefeated in the league.”

What are your personal bests this winter? “In the 1,000 meters it is 3:10.7. I’ve done the mile in 5:27 but I’ve run 5:25 outdoors. I’m hoping to break 5:20 (yesterday at Mass. State Track Coaches Invitational).”

What’s your favorite event? “Maybe the mile. Everyone can relate to it. With the 1,000, people have no idea.”

What was it like winning the Division 2 State Relays? “We were so excited. We went in not expecting anything. Usually we’re expected like an eighth place. It was so exciting. We’ve never won it before. That made it so much more special. It was really cool.”

What’s your favorite personal athletic achievement? “Personally, last year when I ran my 5:25 mile. That was a breakthrough. That was a big PR. (personal record). OK, I can be good at this. I hadn’t run a mile before. I’d run the 800 with a 2:22 PR. I was going to play lacrosse but I needed back surgery.”

Why did you need surgery? “I had scoliosis. I always wore a back brace. I wore it since kindergarten. It started out just the night time, then 20 hours a day. In seventh grade, I had my first surgery but it was not successful. Freshman year I needed another surgery.”

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