John Zishka ran for Lancaster High School, Penn State University, and the University of Oregon. He won two 5,000 meter events in the Junior Nationals while in high school. John scored and earned All-American status in the NCAA Cross Country, Indoor, and Outdoor Track & Field Meets. John won the mile run in the Golden West National High School Track & Field Meet, breaking the meet record established by Jim Ryan. John won five events in the State High School Meets. He set eleven outdoor and four indoor state high school records.