Folsom Athlete of the Week: Ben Kizziar

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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Vista senior Ben Kizziar is one of the leaders on the Vista del Lago cross country team and Kizziar helped lead his team to a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship.

Kizziar simply ran his best in the biggest meet of the season when his team needed him. Kizziar was Vista’s top finisher at the meet, finishing ahead of teammate Jack Hacker, who won the Capital Athletic League title on the same course.

“Had Ben not been that high, our team may have lost the meet,” Vista coach Robert Grove said. “He ran an 18-second seasonal record on that course, and a personal-record on it as well. The course is slower this year, so that is pretty big.”

Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans for after finishing high school?

Ben Kizziar: I would like to go to a four-year college and continue to run.


FT: How long have you been running and how did you get your start in it?

BK: I’ve been running since I was in preschool. I got into it because my brother was runner and I thought it would be fun.


FT: What is the draw of running to you? What is it about running that you enjoy?

BK: I love competing and the fact that you can push yourself further than you ever have before. I also love being outdoors so it was a perfect fit.


FT: You were part of Vista’s first section title team in 2015. Can you compare the section titles from your experience?

BK: Both of them were amazing. To put in the work and come out on top as a team is a great feeling. I would say being apart of the first section title was something really special.


FT: What can you say about this year’s team?

BK: This year’s team is really strong and close-knit. I know we lost a few seniors last year, but I think everyone was able to step up.


FT: What are your goals for the state meet? What are your hopes and expectations for the team?

BK: I would like to podium at the state meet and just see what I can do against the best runners in the state. As a team, we would like to be top-10 as well both guys and girls.


FT: Are you involved in other activities at Vista besides cross country and track?

BK: I’m in CSF club, but that’s about it.


FT: What’s your favorite class at school and why?

BK: My favorite class was definitely aerospace engineering because we got to do a lot of hands-on projects like building drones and using a wind tunnel.


FT: Favorite Food?

BK: Pasta and pizza.


FT: Favorite music?

BK: Anything from rap to classic rock.


FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them?

BK: I have a border collie named Duke who is 15, but he still has the heart of a puppy.


FT: Do you have any interesting hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

BK: I’m a huge cycling fan. If I wasn’t a runner, I would definitely be on the bike and during the offseason you’ll probably find me out on the roads.


FT: What inspires you in sports?

BK: I just want to get out there and push myself and be the best athlete I can be.


FT: What are your career goals? What job/profession are you interested in?

BK: I definitely want to see how far I can get in running. As a profession, I would like to be an aerospace engineer or astrophysicist.