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In January, Peabody's Heather MacLean posted a world-leading 4:27.54 time in the mile at American Track League Meet No. 1. (Courtesy Photo)

Peabody’s Heather MacLean has persevered, risen to the top on the track

PEABODY -- While many of her peers spent high school thinking about futures at college and athletic feats, Peabody's Heather MacLean didn't often have that luxury.

The fourth of eight siblings, Heather spent most of her days helping her mother, Michele Maurice, take care of things at home.

"I was the oldest girl so I felt like the second mom," MacLean said. "My mom had a lot on her plate so I did what I could to help her. It was a role I was really young for. Normally I wasn’t thinking about college…

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