Spiezio to face best in country

Word spreads quickly when you put up eye-popping times.
Greenwich's Jeremy Spiezio wins the boys' one-mile run with a time of 4:16:10 during the 75th annual Eddy Memorial Track & Field Meet at Schenectady High School on May 16.
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Greenwich's Jeremy Spiezio wins the boys' one-mile run with a time of 4:16:10 during the 75th annual Eddy Memorial Track & Field Meet at Schenectady High School on May 16.

Word spreads quickly when you put up eye-popping times.

Greenwich senior Jeremy Spiezio found that out recently, when his area record time in a May invitational earned him a chance to go head-to-head with an elite national field of two-milers later this month.

Spiezio, who ran the fastest 3,200 meters ever by a Section II runner when he was clocked in 8:46.10 at the Loucks Games, has been invited to compete the Brooks PR on June 20 in Seattle.

And it’s not the average competition. The event is a showcase for the fastest of the fast in a handful of selected events.

“The idea is to give the kids a chance to run a PR [personal record],” said Greenwich track coach Steve Patrick. “It’s not set up to be a tactical race. They want them to go flat out.

“It’s not set up like the Millrose Games or Penn Relays.”

“It sets up very nicely for me,” said Spiezio, a multiple-time state champ. “It’s a race that really fits my style. I like to go out fast and see who is the most fit. And it looks like they’ve put together a great field.”

Spiezio has been one of the best in Section II in the 1,600 for the last two years. This spring, he has come on in the 3,200.

“He’s a lot more comfortable at the distance this year,” said Patrick. “His confidence level has just shot up. Before, he would make a move and maybe not commit to it. Now, he makes that moves and is really committed.”

Both coach and runner agree that the Loucks Games time raised expectations.

“That result at the Loucks Games was a real shot in the arm,” Patrick said. “He really opened some eyes.”

“I was actually fourth in that race, and my time was the fourth best in the country,” Spiezio said of his Loucks race. “So, you can tell what kind of field that was. You always want to win, but to finish fourth, and run that time, I’ll take it.”

Spiezio sits atop the Section II leader board in both the 1,600 and 3,200 this spring, and qualified for this weekend’s state tournament in both. He’s going to skip the 3,200 Saturday, and take next week to prep for Seattle.

“I was going to do both at the states, until I got the invitation to run in Seattle,” said the 18-year-old. “I’ll concentrate on the 1,600 this weekend. That will be a good race. Then I’ll get ready for the two mile.”

Spiezio has taken his final exams, and is finished with his senior year responsibilities, save for graduation.

“Actually, tomorrow [today] is the last day of school for me,” he said. “I can use the time to get ready for the state meet and the Brooks PR.”

Spiezio will also be skipping next weekend’s New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. to run in Seattle.

“I’ve already run in North Carolina, and that’s a great event,” said Spiezio.

Spiezio is also counting on the weather in the Northwest to be more conducive to a good time.

“I think it’s going to be more comfortable running in Seattle,” said Spiezio, an honors student who plans to study aerospace engineering at Princeton University. “It should be great weather for running, not real hot and humid.

“This was a great opportunity to run against some of the best in the country, in a race that is my style. And who wouldn’t like to finish their high school career with a good chance to get a PR?”

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