Jeremy Hoyne-Grosvenor recently brought new meaning to New Year’s resolution.
Before ushering in 2017 the Montpelier senior showcased both tenacity and impressive 3-kilometer pacing while recording the fastest high school time in the nation for indoor track and field.
The Solons standout crossed the line 8 minutes, 32.71 seconds at Boston University in a field packed with both pros and amateurs. Nick Ross, a sub-4:00 miler, won the race in 8:14.45 and was followed by former Olympian Ruben Sanca (8:25.31). Hoyne-Grosvenor finished the 3,000-meter race in fifth place out of 80 runners.
“I cannot really take much credit for Jeremy’s success,” said indoor track coach Bob Dunkle. “I coach him but he is self-motivated and a hard worker. He keeps to himself but is open to the other kids and a great role model in work ethic. I am not surprised by his success - he is just that kind of person.”
Hoyne-Grosvenor enjoyed a tremendously successful cross country running season this past fall before a late-season injury limited him for several months.
“Jeremy’s a good pacer – even before this year,” Solons cross country coach Tim Noonan said. “At (the 2015) New Englands he ran a really smart race. He usually doesn’t go out crazy fast, but it’s more of a steady pace. I think he has a tremendous amount of talent if he manages to stay healthy. The first four or five weeks (this past fall) he was as good as any kid I saw. Early in the year, Jeremy and Tyler (Marshall) were pretty dominant.”
One of Hoyne-Grosvenor’s cross country highlights was placing second at the Manchester (N.H) Invitational on Sept. 24. He posted a time of 15:46 to finish second out of 491 elite finishers. CVU’s Tyler Marshal recorded a time of 15:52 at the same meet and wound up finishing third at both New Englands and Northeast Regionals before placing 36th at nationals.
“Jeremy tripped at the end of practice going around a corner – it was one of those freak things and it really affected him late in the season,” Noonan said. “He didn’t run the Mountain Division Championships, and at states he was third. That was discouraging for him and then he didn’t do New Eng-lands. But, by then, he was ready to come on strong again. And he’s a better track runner than a cross country runner He’s taller than his older brother Dan and he’s most suited for track and the distances. The 1,500 and 3,000 are really good for him.”
According to Noonan, work ethic will not be an issue during Hoyne-Grosvenor’s indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.
“In cross country he came into the season doing 60 miles a weeks, so he was in good shape.” Noonan said. “As he gets older, if he handles the work and is able to stay healthy, it will be interesting to see how he does. His time at Manchester was one of the best times ever by a Vermont kid, so he has a lot of potential. And he’s really fun to watch: His body is more mature and he’s a really nice runner. We’ll see where it takes him.”