Folsom Athlete of the Week: Sydnee KizziarBy: Matt Long of the Telegraph
Sydnee Kizziar is coming on strong for Vista del Lago High’s varsity girls’ cross country team.
Kizziar, a senior, is coming off a great week where she placed first in the Capital Athletic League meet held at Willow Hills in Folsom. Kizziar won the 5,000-meter race in 19 minutes, 47 seconds, finishing 10 seconds in front of Rio Americano’s Sophia Karperos. Five days earlier at the Capital Cross Challenge held at Haggin Oaks Golf Course, Kizziar posted a personal-best time of 18:54.4 over the 5,000-meter course and placed 18th.
“Sydnee has been improving every week, as she’s recovered from an injury at the end of the summer,” Vista cross country coach Robert Grove said. “She beat a lot of girls at the league meet that she’s never beaten before, so that says a lot to where she’s at. She had a great end to her track season and then worked really hard over the summer. She’s still coming back from her injury, so I still think she’s got more upside. On top of her performances, she’s taken a leadership role on the team and is really positive with everyone and that’s helped the team.”
Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans for after finishing high school?
Sydnee Kizziar: After high school, I plan to go to college and run cross country and track.
FT: Do sports run in your family?
SK: Yes, my parents were athletes in high school. My older brother did running in high school and college, and my sister did softball and cheer. My twin brother is also a runner.
FT: How long have you been running and how did you get your start in it?
SK: I've been running since kindergarten and got started because my older brother enjoyed it.
FT: What do you enjoy about running?
SK: It's definitely a stress reliever for me, especially when I'm running with my teammates.
FT: You are on a very strong team this season. What are the team goals?
SK: Our team goals are to win league, sections, and be a top-three team at state.
FT: You’ve been a part of some strong cross country teams at Vista. What is your most memorable moment in your high school cross country career up to this point?
SK: I have a lot of memorable moments with my team, but one I will never forget is when I was on a long run and my friend fell into the lake.
FT: Are you involved in other activities at Vista besides cross country?
SK: I also do track & field and am part of a few clubs at Vista.
FT: What’s your favorite class at school and why?
SK: I love math, science, and art classes. I've had great teachers for all of them.
FT: Favorite Food?
SK: Vegetarian roll at Blue Nami. It's so good! That and also French fries.
FT: Favorite music?
SK: Classic rock all the way.
FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them?
SK: I have a border collie mix named Duke. He is a very good boy. He's 15 and still going strong!
FT: Do you have any interesting hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
SK: I love to hang with my family. I also like to draw, read and watch Netflix.
FT: What inspires you in sports?
SK: My team and my coaches inspire and push me to be the best I can be, and I am very thankful for them.
FT: What are your career goals? What job/profession are you interested in?
SK: I'm interested in environmental science currently, but I'm unsure of what I want to do as a career.