RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph high school Senior Cross Country and Track star Josh Holihan has signed an official letter to attend Northeastern University, where he will be part of the schools track and field team.
“Aside from the excellent academic reputation, Northeastern's track program has seen some tremendous growth in the past few years,” said Holihan. “I feel like I am coming in to a team that is full of drive and potential.”
Both of Northeastern's men’s and women's indoor teams just won the New England Championships and the men's team just tied for 2nd in the IC4A/ECAC Indoor Championships.
Holihan, who has primarily focused on distance running, plans to run all three seasons at school, Fall Cross Country, Winter Indoor, and Spring Outdoor.
“I will continue to run distance in all three seasons,” said Holihan. “In college we run an 8k in Cross Country, as opposed to the 5k we run in high school. My coach will also help me find the best fit between the 800, 1500, 3k, and the outdoor 5k.
In between the time he spends running all over campus, Holihan plans to study Computer and Information Science, specifically Software Engineering.
Holihan has grown a lot in his time running in the Randolph high school program, due in part to the influence of his coaches.
“I learned to trust my coaches, particularly our head distance coach Nick Albanito, who has taught me literally everything I know about running,” said Holihan. “He taught me patience with my running, because every once in a while you hit a rough patch. However, with commitment to training, and a healthy lifestyle, anything is possible.”
Aside from receiving great coaching, team members and peers have also had a strong influence in Holihan’s growth during his four year HS career.
“I have a lot of great memories training with my teammates at Randolph through the years,” said Holihan. “In this program you are taught so much by the upperclassmen, and then all of a sudden you are the upperclassmen, and get to help the younger runners. It's a great program, plus we are fortunate to have such an expansive and beautiful trail system in Randolph.
As he prepares for his final high school season of spring track, and readies himself for stepping into the next level, Holihan had some final words for his coaches.
“Coach Albanito and Coach Luke Suttile have been there for me every step of the way,” said Holihan. “They do so much work not only with the runners, but in seeing that the meets run well. I'm not sure anyone realizes the time and effort it takes to coach 3 seasons in a row, but my coaches do this all year. It's one of the reasons our program is so well run… pun intended.“