By Nick Curcuru
---- — Gloucester was well represented at Sunday’s Division 2 State Meet at the Reggie Lewis Track and Field Center in Boston and three runners were able to take their respective games to the next level and qualify for this weekend’s All State Meet.
Jacob Holscher and Matt Carpenter, each a captain on the Gloucester boys squad, tremendously improved on their respective seeds entering Sunday’s meet turning in personal best times and qualifying for the All State Meet.
On the girls side Bianca Giacalone once again topped her own school record in the 300m, qualifying for the All State meet in the process. Giacalone entered Sunday’s meet as the No. 9 seed in Division 2 but finished the race in fourth place with a time of 42.42, lowering the school record as her previous best was 42.56.
The senior captain was aided by a strong start and flawless execution on the race’s first turn.
“Bianca got out fast, closing the stagger on the first turn which put her in great position,” Gloucester girls head coach Liz Moran said. “She continues to lower the school record time.”
The top three times in each Division move on to the All State meet along with the next 12 best times regardless of Division. Although Giacalone did not place in the top three, her time was still good enough to advance.
Holscher, who is running winter track for the first time this winter, entered Sunday’s meet as the No. 8 seed in the mile and needed to lower his personal record time by a significant amount to move on to the All State Meet. Holscher would do just that finishing in third place with a time of 4:23.19, 11 seconds better than his previous personal best.
“He has steadily improved all season and worked really hard to be where he is today,” Gloucester boys head coach Jeff Destino said. “In only his first indoor season he has done some seriously good things this season.”
Carpenter entered Sunday’s 600m run as the No. 7 seed and like Holscher, needed a personal best time to get into the top three. He would also deliver with a personal best time of 1:24.18, good for third place and a spot in the All State Meet shaving .7 seconds off of his qualifying time of 1:24.88.
Also competing for Gloucester was Noah Mondello, who finished 11th in the 2-mile, Everest Crawford, who was disqualified for interference in the 1,000m and Liz McCormack, who finished 12th in the shot put. The boys 4x400m relay finished 27th and the girls 4x200m relay was disqualified due to a false start.
Holscher, Carpenter and Giacalone will be competing against the state’s best on Saturday, February 23 back at the Reggie Lewis Track and Field Center.
“It was a tremendous day for Gloucester,” Destino said. “It’s an amazing honor to run in the All State Meet and to have a good representation for Gloucester is attributed to their hard work and talent.”