Logansport senior Alex Calisto is running cross country this fall with an eye on being a state title contender in the 800-meter run in track next spring.
Calisto is battling a plantar fasciitis injury this cross country season. He still managed to run a personal-best 17:30 at last Saturday’s Oak Hill Invitational at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion.
Calisto said he thought about sitting out awhile in cross country due to his injury but has chosen to push through with it.
“It hasn’t been getting much better,” he said. “I’ll take extra time off between seasons.”
He added his main goal in cross country is a team sectional title this fall. In 2011, the Berries won their first sectional title in boys cross country in 42 years.
The competitive distance running helps Calisto with his main sport of track.
Last spring Calisto burst onto the scene at the state finals, running a 1:55.06 to finish fifth in the 800. He smashed his personal-best time by 2.99 seconds.
“That was a fluke almost,” he said. “The crowd, the atmosphere ... it was almost a perfect day too.”
Calisto didn’t even run in the fast race on that day, as he blew away the field in the slower timed final. He ran in the first of two timed finals because he entered seeded 15th. The top 14 seeds ran in the second final.
The only non-senior to finish ahead of him was Lawrence North’s Joe Murphy (4th, 1:54.81) by a quarter of a second. Murphy is also a senior this school year.
Calisto has a goal of cutting two or three seconds off his time in the 800 next spring.
This summer Calisto said he did a lot of college-level workouts with former Berry teammate Daniel Arteaga. “They were tough and terrible,” Calisto said, “but they helped me.”