Though no events or games are taking place this fall on campus, St. Bonaventure student-athletes still have great stories to tell. During the fall semester, GoBonnies.com will feature members from each of our 17 Division I teams – how they're adjusting to the new norms of campus life, preparing for the upcoming seasons and more.
In this edition, we feature men's cross country/track senior Jacob Osswald.
A Buffalo native, Osswald spent his summer out west in Flagstaff, Arizona, to train at altitude. Although he did not compete as a freshman due to injury, he came back as a sophomore, finishing in the team's top seven in both races he competed in.
This past year was a standout season for Osswald as he turned in 5K and 8K personal bests during cross country season before setting the team's second-fastest indoor track time in the 5,000 meters. He also ranks third in the program's outdoor record books with his effort during the 2019 Atlantic 10 Championships in the 10,000 meters.
How have you adapted to the new changes on campus regarding COVID safety protocols? Have they helped make you feel safer since coming back?
I have adapted well, other than wearing masks everywhere it's not too much different. Everything seems to be pretty normal.
What did you do over the spring/summer to stay in shape and get ready to get back to practices this fall (and was it difficult to find places to workout/practice because of quarantines)?
I traveled to Flagstaff, Az. to train at altitude for the summer. So coming back here was nice and easy to adjust to.
What was one good thing that came out of the spring sports shutdown and odd summer for you? Did you develop any new hobbies/interests?
I started reading more. I also became much more disciplined in my time on the other side of the country.
What messages/advice have your coaches given you for staying positive during these tough times?
Our coach reminds us to keep working hard because the season will return at some point so we should be in our best form for that point.
Even though there are no competitions this fall, how excited are you to get back to workouts with your team? Do you look at practices and work with your teammates any differently since the COVID shutdown?
The early closing of school abruptly (last spring) made it tough not seeing my teammates every day. So being back and being able to practice and train with them every day again has been very good.
What was the one thing you were most looking forward to about returning to Bonaventure?
Seeing everyone and being able to practice with my teammates again.
What is your favorite class at Bonaventure and why (now or previously)?
My favorite class has been exercise physiology last year, it helped me get a better understanding of training and how the body works.