Eric wasn’t sure he wanted to be a distance runner but his friend, Ron Andronico, convinced him and he and the Rangers are glad he did.
Maillet has been a year-round runner since his freshman year. The 5-11, 135-pound senior has made steady improvement, cutting his top mile time from 6:56 to 5:31. Last year he earned a big mile win in a multi-team meet.
“Eric has been a real trooper for four years,” said Rangers coach Roger Fuller. “He never misses a practice. He works hard and is a great role model for our young runners.”
Maillet, whose older sister Nicole ran for the Rangers, is also a worker in the classroom. He took AP Biology last year and scored a 4 on the AP exam. This year he’s taking AP Psychology. He plans on pursuing a pharmacy major at the University of New England.
In his free time, Maillet enjoys listening to Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace.
North Andover Gymnastics
After five years away from the sport, Zero returned to competition in this her freshman year at North Andover. Zero said her friend, Kaitlyn Fotino, convinced her to get back into the sport.
Her love of the sport is evident with her ever-present smile in the gym.
“She is an extremely hard worker and a fast learner,” said Knights coach Jenn Mangano. “She is already working back tucks on the floor, kips on bars and handspring vaults and cartwheels on the beam. Not only is her work ethic amazing, but she is also a great teammate.”
Audrey’s brother, John, is a junior who plays lacrosse for the Knights.
The 5-foot-3 Zero’s favorites include Justin Bieber, Olympic hero Gabby Douglas, the TV show Dance Moms and the movie Pitcher Perfect.
Team Comes First
Hillie coach Mike Maguire said, “Shannon has taken a full second off her best time in the 50-yard hurdles. Shannon has always been willing to try different events and help out wherever she can. She’s a great teammate. She is such a great kid.”
She lists her career highlight as placing against Central Catholic. That gave her bragging rights as her brother, Sean, is a sophomore who plays varsity soccer at Central.
“The Corkscrew,” as her friends call her, also runs spring track. She’s a member of the Spanish Club and Excel Club. She plans to study criminal justice at Northern Essex.
In her free time, Shannon is a secretary for her parents’ business, McKeon and Corcoran Real Estate. Her favorites include the movie Ted, crab rangoon, the TV show Once Upon a Time, singer Katy Perry and Bruins star Tyler Seguin.
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