Often forgotten within the Gloucester High sports annuls, which are littered with football and hockey championships, is the long-term success of the Fishermen’s track programs.
Well, with the football and hockey teams both battling through struggles over the past couple of seasons, the track and cross country programs have continued at the same pace as always.
At the forefront of the boys programs this season was senior Jacob Holscher, a dominant force in cross country and the distance events of both the winter and spring track seasons.
After earning plenty of accolades during the year, Holscher’s success has earned him one more: the 2013 Gloucester Daily Times Male Athlete of the Year for Gloucester.
A leader throughout the year for the Fishermen, Holscher’s quiet, mature demeanor and workmanlike attitude was contagious among his teammates while spurring him to a tremendous amount of success.
“I knew he would be a good captain, he was a tremendous captain during cross country,” coach Jeff Destino said during the winter track season. “He leads by example on the track. He’s quiet but he’s very mature and has turned into a quality leader.”
An NEC all-star during a very strong cross country season, Holscher opted to join the winter track team for the first time during his career with the Fishermen.
After the kind of success he had during the winter, it’s incredible to wonder what could have been had he competed during the winter all four years.
Holscher was crowned NEC champion in the mile and moved on to the state level. Once there, his success only continued. Holscher finished third in the Division 2 State Meet, earning a bid to the All-State Meet.
That’s where he really stepped up to the plate. Holscher shaved nearly three full seconds off his time between the Division 2 Meet and the All-State Meet and finished fifth in the state with a time of 4:20.62.
Holscher kept on rolling into the spring. First, he was a part of the 4X400m team that broke the school record during the regular season — although a different Fishermen squad broke that record later in the year.
He competed at the state level in three events — the mile, the 4X400m and the 4X800m — and helped the 4X800 squad to an 8th-place finish at the Division 1 State Meet.
Holscher was the kind of competitor that coaches dream of. He was dedicated, hard-working and, perhaps most important, talented.
With Holscher’s help, Gloucester’s dominance on the track continued for at least another year. And if the Fishermen are lucky enough to have more runners like him in the pipelines, don’t expect that success to be cut short any time soon.