Haverhill High senior Alex Mayhew is a record-breaking sprinter and a bit of a free spirit.
He broke the school 55-meter record last week by running 6.50 but thinks he can run faster. He even has his sights set this spring on a mark held by the great Andy Alsup. That won’t be easy but he already has speedy marks of 11.11 for 100 meters and 22.78 for 200 meters.
Mayhew’s other love is cheerleading. He says that might not place him in the “In” crowd, but if people don’t like it, that’s their problem.
In this week’s Around the Horn, Mayhew talked about sprinting, cheerleading and why Haverhill should end the user fees.
What did it mean to you to break a 23-year-old school record while placing second at All-States? “It means a whole bunch to me. That I worked hard at practice and achieved my goals.”
Did you think you had it in you? “Me and my coach (Mike Maguire) were talking about it. ‘What do want to do today?’ he said. I said, ‘I want to do something big and have fun.’ And I did.”
What’s it like in the blocks? “Adrenaline and nervousness. I think, ‘I can do this. I can do this.’ The start was my weakness. It’s not any more. I was second or third out of the blocks. It’s from training every day. Even at the meet, I was practicing with (sprint coach Fred Tarbox).”
Can you run faster? “I’ll be running at New Englands (yesterday). My goal is just try my best. We know what I’m capable of now. My goal is to break 6.50 and possibly low 6.40s.”
What did you learn from being ineligible last winter? “You can put it all into school like you put all into a race. I’m definitely a better student than I was.”