He added, “I’ve gotten a lot stronger and faster in the cross season.”
Calisto said he’s looking at attending either Notre Dame or Purdue for engineering. If he doesn’t get a track scholarship, he thinks his times are good enough for him to walk on.
The following is a question-and-answer session with Calisto.
Q. Of the sports you play, which is your favorite? Why?
A. Track. Track is centered around speed and strength, whereas cross country is oriented around pacing yourself. I like to give everything I have and finish a race exhausted.
Q. How did you first get started in sports? At what age?
A. I played soccer at the State Hospital all throughout preschool and elementary school. I started at 5 years old but I had future ambitions to become a star soccer player.
Q. Do you have any family members who played sports?
A. Yes, my uncle Stefan Calisto played baseball for LHS in 1996 when he pitched the team to the state finals.
Q. Have you ever played a sport that you were not successful at?
A. I tried swimming my sophomore year and my coach said I was an asset to the team, especially for it being my first year, but I never placed in meets and I knew swimming wasn’t for me.
Q. How do you feel you’ve improved as an athlete since you first started playing?
A. I’ve learned how to truly suffer and break past my limits. Pain, no matter how extreme, is only temporary, and I believe mental toughness is the key factor to success..
Q. Who do you consider your biggest role model? Why?
A. Daniel Arteaga. Daniel ran cross and track as a senior when I was a freshman. He’s extremely talented but sadly was overshadowed by Kyle Overway’s success. Daniel trained me through last year’s track season and I attribute much of my success to him. He’s a great friend.