Telstar trackster breaks state record in national 5K event
Telstar High School distance runner Josef Holt-Andrews had a strong performance in the 5-kilometer competition last Friday at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals, held in North Carolina.
Holt-Andrews finished 16th overall and broke the Maine state record for all-time best 5k, according to his coach, Dan Crooker.
As described on the Maine TrackXC website, Holt-Andrews crossed the line in 14:57.76. The time bettered Mainer Louie Luchini's time of 15:00.44, set in 1998. Holt-Andrews won the unseeded race for the 16th overall finish.
According to Maine TrackXC, “Josef ran a smart race as he laid off the fast pace earlier on, but never got to far away from the front. Josef covered the first 1k in 3:01.78, then moved up to seventh as the pace increased in the next K as they went through 2k in 5:57. He continued to be near the front as the pace slowed a bit in the next K, going through 3k in 9:03.83 in third place. With 800m to go Josef made his move, and no one could go with him, his last two laps were 68.02 and 64.93 as he pulled away for the win.”
In running competitions earlier this spring, Holt-Andrews anchored the 4x800 Telstar relay team, which won the Class C State Championship. He won individual titles in the 1,600 and 3,200-m, making him the only three-event champion at the meet.
He also did well at the New England meet, running a personal record in the 1,600 with a time of 4:19.55 and finishing sixth.