While O’Donnell blew away the competition, No. 2 Scott Arsenault finished in 4:24.82, he knew he had to make the record happen.
“When I was through 800 (meters) I was feeling better than I had in weeks. I looked the clock with 100 meters left and I started counting it down in my head. I knew what I had to do, so I gave it everything I had to the finish. The hard work paid off.”
Despite the different eras, Fuller certainly sees similarities in the two Methuen greats.
“They are both great runners, great athletes and great people,” said the veteran coach. “John also won the state title in the mile, which Michael did indoors. Now hopefully he does it outdoors too.”
Doherty doubles up
As Andover Boosters approached, Central Catholic star Ryan Doherty considered cutting down his workload.
“I actually talked to my coaches about dropping the javelin and just going with the shot put,” said Doherty, a two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star in the shot. “But I knew I would be sitting there thinking about how I would throw the jav. I love to compete and I don’t mind always doing something.”
Doherty had no regrets yesterday, winning both the shot put (52-8) and javelin (166-7).
“I feel like I am peaking at the right time,” said Doherty. “I was seeded third in both events, but I knew if I came and did everything I could I could end up first. I also love the (throwing) circle at Andover. I am excited with the meets on the way.”
Mayhew does it all
Haverhill’s Alex Mayhew had no time to celebrate his victory in the 200. He had to run across the field — literally — to compete in the long jump.
“It’s pretty tough on your body,” said Mayhew. “I did the 200, then had to go straight over and jumped three jumps right in a row. I had to push myself hard. But I like it.”