Cantello on Kozy:
"In early May, Ben was diagnosed with a minor heart valve condition which has been surgically rectified. This year is the year he should blossom into a pure cross country runner."
Saw action in seven meets during the year ... either scored or was a place-holding scorer for the Mids four times ... posted three top 20 performances ... began his season by winning the Sea Gull Opener (25:43), a race that had a field of 117 runners ... was Navy's sixth-fastest runner at the Notre Dame Invitational (25:44) ... completed his season with a 21st-place showing at the Patriot League Championship (26:59.1).
Competed in six meets ... finished fifth out of 103 runners during the season-opening Sea Gull Opener (26:06) ... served as a placeholder in the Navy Invitational by crossing the finish line in 18th-place (26:41.14) ... placed 58th overall at the Patriot League Championship (26:46).
Ran in one race ... finished 84th of 187 competitors at the Iona Invitational (27:02.4).
Five-time letterwinner with the track & field team during his career in Annapolis ... posted the team's fastest outdoor marks in the 1,500-meter run (3:51.57) and 5,000-meter run (14:44.04) last season ... registered an IC4A qualifying time in the mile run (4:09.15) during the 2006-07 indoor slate ... owner of the 10th-fastest indoor 1,000-meter run time in program history (2:25.13), which he set at the 2006 Penn State National Open.
Attended Jersey Village High School ... earned four letters in cross country, three in track and field and one in soccer ... won the District 16-5A Cross Country Championship during his senior year ... followed that with district track titles in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter run events ... helped team to a district championship in track as a senior.
Son of Tom and Sharon Kozy ... born May 2, 1986, in Houston, Texas ... majoring in systems engineering.