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February 24, 2013

All-State Track: O'Donnell victorious, Mayhew breaks 23-year-old record

Boston — Alex Mayhew and Haverhill coach Mike Maguire had a talk during the car ride down from Haverhill to the Reggie Lewis Center for All-States yesterday.

“I was talking to my coach and he was like, ‘What do you hope for today?’” Mayhew said. “I told him I wanted to do my best, try my best, work hard and hopefully go to New Englands.”

New Englands is just where Mayhew is headed after he had a brilliant performance.

The Haverhill senior took second in the 55 meter dash by running a school-record time of 6.50 in the finals after running a school-record tying time of 6.58 in the prelims.

Rusty White ran a 6.58 in 1990.

Mayhew didn’t run track last year because of “grades and family stuff,” he said.

At the beginning of this winter, Mayhew, who also has done cheerleading in high school, had a similar conversation with his coach that he had yesterday. Maquire asked him at the beginning of the about his goals.

“I told him my goals are to go to Nationals and to work hard and to beat the school record,” Mayhew said.

So far, so good. With yesterday’s second-place, Mayhew is one step closer to Nationals.

“I have my mom in the stands over there,” Mayhew said. “She is thrilled. She supported me through my high school career with track and cheerleading and everything I wanted to do. And she is here today and she gave me the strength and courage to go on.”

Yesterday, Mayhew actually beat Peabody’s Chris Cennami after losing to him in the Division 1 meet last week.

The Haverhill senior already is excited to run at New Englands.

“It is a good chance for me to progress, go hard and get better,” Mayhew said.

No stopping O’Donnell

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