Sean Avery took an interest in track and field so early that he was running on the track before he began reading books.
Avery, now a sophomore at Bishop McGuinness, started his sprinting career in elementary school before he tried any other sports.
“I was in kindergarten and saw all my friends doing (track) and said, ‘Mom please let me do it’ and she was like, ‘Next year,’” he said. “I finally got to do it and fell in love with it.”
Avery competes in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter events for the Villains, along with the 4x400-meter relay and his favorite: the 4x200-meter relay.
“Right now our 4x2 team is really close to qualifying (for the NCHSAA regional meet) and I really want to qualify,” he said. “The guys I’m running with, we’re really close and have a good friendship. It’s really nice seeing people succeed.”
Avery also plays basketball, spending the last two seasons on the Villains’ JV team. He said that it usually takes a week or so for him to switch from the hardwood to the track.
“I definitely have to adjust,” he said. “Basketball is really fast-paced, short running and takes some getting used to when you run the 400 — that fast-paced one lap.”
When not playing sports, Avery excels in the classroom. He is a member of the school’s Principal’s List and was recently accepted in the school’s “Big” program, which provides mentors to incoming freshmen to ease their transition from middle school to high school. He admits that maintaining a balance can be a difficult task.
“It’s pretty challenging when you’ve got all those tests and homework,” he said. “Usually when the teacher gives us extra time during class I try and get all my work done there. I use lunch when I finish eating. I go to the library and do some work and study.”
Avery wants to study sports medicine after high school and become a physical therapist, helping to rehabilitate injured athletes.
Three questions for Avery
Q: Who is your favorite musical artist?
Answer: Trippie Redd
Q: What is your favorite restaurant?
Answer: Little Italy or Mi Pueblo
Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
Answer: James Harden