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 junior Logan Caruso.
As a fourth-generation Bonaventure student, Caruso was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week twice, becoming the first men's runner in program history to earn this honor. Following the outstanding cross country season, Caruso was able to set the Bonnies' program record in the 5K with a time of 15:47.43 during the track season.
A Bradford native, Caruso won the District 9 AA Championship three times and qualified for the PIAA state meet each year of high school.
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 had a really easy time adjusting to the new rules, I worked at a summer camp this summer that had similar safety procedures that kept us safe this summer, which is why I feel much safer being back on campus this semester. As long as everyone follows the rules we should be fine this semester.
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)?
Over the summer I did my normal summer mileage but I also added cycling into my workout routine which has significantly increased my overall fitness and has greatly helped my running. The hard part about training in quarantines has been not having access to a gym for strength training.
What messages/advice have your coaches given you for staying positive during these tough times?
The most important message from Coach Mac this summer has been to stay motivated. It's really easy especially in our sport to slack off especially when you aren't sure when the next time you might race is. The motivation we have gotten from them has made sure we keep in shape so when we do race we are ready.
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?
Even without having any races this fall I still couldn't wait to get back to doing workouts with the team. We don't know when we will race again so the best thing we can do is stay in great shape so when it's time to go again we are all ready to go.
What was the one thing you were most looking forward to about returning to Bonaventure?
The one thing I was looking forward to was just being with my friends and teammates. I was going stir crazy at home so the change in environment has been great.
What is your favorite class at Bonaventure and why (now or previously)?
My favorite class at Bonaventure so far has been Ethical Leadership.
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