Jacob Holscher laid out his goals in the week leading into the All State Track Meet.
Gloucester’s senior captain was hoping to follow up a third place finish at the Division 2 State Meet with a top five finish at the All State Meet and a personal best time.
At the conclusion of the All State mile on Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Track and Field Center in Boston, Holscher achieved both goals. His time of 4:20.62 was two and a half seconds better than his previous best time and good for a fifth place finish.
Holscher’s performance against the best milers in the state was the best Gloucester finish on Saturday and caps off an outstanding senior campaign. In addition to Saturday’s strong performance, Holscher was the Northeastern Conference mile champion despite the fact that it was his first season running indoor track.
Holscher’s finish moves him to the New England Championship Meet this weekend and is the third best mile time in the school’s storied history in the event. Only Tristan Colangelo and Josh Palazola, who graduated in 2000 and 2001 respectively and both went on to run collegiately at Princeton, have run faster mile times than Holscher.
“His hard work and commitment has paid dividends this season,” Gloucester head coach Jeff Destino said of Holscher. “Jacob is now in elite company in Gloucester mile history. His close working with coach Joe Brancaleone in the fall and winter have given Jacob the opportunity to be in the position he is today. I can’t say enough about the great work Joe Brancaleone has down with the distance guys this season.”
Manchester Essex sophomore Olivia Lantz’s star continues to rise as she was the top Cape Ann finisher on Saturday placing second in the mile. Lantz turned in a personal best time of 4:57.67, topping her previous best of 4:58.39 which set the Division 4 State Meet record last weekend. Lantz now moves on to the National Interscholastic Meet in New York on March 9.