ANDOVER — Asked if he owned the Haverhill High record in the 100-meter dash a week ago, the very modest Alex Mayhew — with the help of more than a little encouragement — provided a prediction with his answer.
“No, not yet,” he said with a laugh.
Yesterday, Mayhew made good on his promise.
The Haverhill High senior broke the school record not once but twice in the dash, finishing with a 10.95 for one of his two individual victories yesterday at the Merrimack Valley Conference Meet at Eugene V. Lovely Field.
“This was a great day,” said Mayhew. “I was pretty nervous going into the meet, but I knew I was ready.
Led by triple jumper Hannah Chapman, host Andover girls took the team title with 122 points, edging Lowell (116). The Red Raiders took the boys title.
“The girls really came through and I am so proud of them,” said Golden Warrior senior Ryan MacRae. “We came through with some big throws and great work by the runners. For me, as a senior, winning MVCs is so sweet.”
For Mayhew, the Hillie dash record was a mark he has been dreaming of since watching Joe Hicks set the record (hand-timed 11.04) three years ago.
“Hicks was one of my best friends when I was a freshman and I really looked up to him,” said Mayhew. “He was fast. I wanted to do it last week, so this week I wanted to get it done early.”
He did just that, setting a new Haverhill record with a 10.97 in the preliminaries.
“That was such a relief,” he said. “If I didn’t break it in trials I would feel like I had to break it in the finals. Once I did it once, I was confident I could do it again.”
A couple hours later, Mayhew broke his brand-new record by running a 10.95, good for eighth best in area history.