VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) – Heritage High School sophomore Ryan Cibart has earned a reputation as a natural born leader.
“I get a lot of people that come up and tell me, ‘Nice job. Nice job.’ It’s just really rewarding [to receive that type of recognition from other students],” said Cibart. ”Even in the halls I get people [saying], ‘Hey, you’re that kid that runs’ and I’m like, ‘Yup.’”
“He just listens to every single person basically after the race,” said Christian Cramblett, Heritage senior and cross-country co-captain. “He talks to everyone, greets them [and] tells them good job, gives them pointers; tells them what they did right. It’s just really great to see him out there like cheering on the team, [and] not just being like, ‘OK … I ran my race. [It’s] time to go do my cool down and go home.’”
“I’ve done this 17-years-now, and to have a freshman come in and right away make an impact as a leader – not just as [far as] the running aspect [is concerned] but as the leader aspect – it’s been huge for us,” Ryan Hovde, Heritage head varsity cross-country/track coach, said. “And now that he’s a sophomore, and he’s voted as one of our captains along with a senior, it’s pretty cool to see what he’s done.”
Cibart has already done a lot in cross-country and track.
As a freshman in track, he ran a 4:30 mile and clocked a 2:03 in the 800 meters.
“I hit 2:03 like three times so I was kind of disappointed, but this year I really hope to break two [minutes],” said Cibart.
Last season during cross-country, he ran a 16:18 in the 5K and qualified for the state meet in Pasco.
“I looked at some of those seniors [as far as] what they ran as freshman; he’s already a minute faster than our fastest guy [at Heritage] was as a freshman, who then went on to run 15:50 for 5K as a senior,” said Hovde. “I know he’s going to run fast times. It’s just a matter of how fast.”
Our Athlete of The Week carries a 4.0 GPA and is taking some very challenging courses at Heritage.
“I’m taking two AP classes right now, and they’re a lot of work,” said Cibart. “It’s a lot to go home from cross-country [practice] and just do some homework. And then sometimes I’ll have time [for other activities away from school]. I have a dog and stuff like that to hang out with. So yeah, it’s a lot, but it’s doable.”
“He was ranked about sixth for freshman in the state of Washington last year, and so you’re kind of flying a little bit under the radar,” said Hovde. “If we can maintain that over the course over the next three years, which is our job as coaches, I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people his senior year.”\