By Nick Curcuru
---- — 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.
Peabody’s Catarina Rocha was the only miler to finish ahead of Lantz as the senior turned in a meet record time of 4:49.14.
Bianca Giacalone finished 13th in the 300 but once again improved on her school record time. The Merrimack bound senior finished with a time of 42.23, beating her previous best time of 42.42 set in her fourth place performance at the Division 2 State Meet. Saturday marked the third straight meet and the fourth time this season that Giacalone improved upon her own school record.
Senior Matt Carpenter finished 14th in the 600. The senior captain finishes off a strong season where he won the Northeastern Conference Championship in the 600 and finished third in last Saturday’s Division 2 State Meet flirting with a school record in the process.
All three athletes are captains and have had spectacular careers in indoor track and certainly will be missed next year,” Destino said. They are tremendous leaders, hard workers and most importantly, exceptionally talented athletes and students. They have embraced the philosophy of the program in that they have all become successful runners and have prepared themselves to be successful at the next level.”