By: Annilee Hampton
First year Logan Musumeci is already making his mark at SMCM. Musumeci was named United East Conference Men’s Runner of the Week not only for the week of Sept. 7, but also for the week of Sept. 28.
Musumeci received the honor for leading the Seahawks to a second place finish at the Towson University Invitational on Sept. 4, where the SMCM men’s cross country team competed alongside Coppin State University and Morgan State University. Musumeci placed third out of 24runners on the 5K course in his first collegiate race. In addition, Musumeci placed 16th out of 141 runners on the 8K course at the Dickinson College Long-Short Invitational at Big Spring High School on Sept. 25, where the Seahawks placed seventh out of 21 teams. The third meet that SMCM men’s cross country has participated in this season was the Shannon Henretty Invitational at Stevenson University on Sept. 11. SMCM placed first of three teams, with Musumeci taking second place out of 30 runners.
Musumeci’s hometown is Lusby, MD, and he is a graduate of Patuxent High School. He started out his athletic career in his freshman year of high school playing two very different sports. “I played football and basketball originally,” Musumeci shared. “Then I decided to do track to stay in shape and get conditioned, but I ended up becoming a distance runner and just enjoyed the sport a whole lot more than the other two. So I decided to start cross country the next year, my sophomore year, and since then I’ve just ran year-round.”
One of Musumeci’s favorite things about cross country is its laid back nature. He also enjoys that it has a greater variety than track. “It’s nice to run on different courses and different terrains rather than just running in circles,” he stated.
Outside of cross country, Musumeci is studying biology. His hobbies include drawing and listening to music. He retains his fondness for basketball, stating “I kind of want to give basketball another try because that was just really fun and it’s still fun to play today, even if it’s just in the driveway with my brother or something.”
In the future, Musumeci hopes to become a teacher. “Maybe I’ll come back here and be a professor,” he said. “And a coach, too.” Musumeci stated that he “instantly knew” that St. Mary’s was the place for him when he first visited. “It just seemed like a really good place to go. And it has been.”
In addition to Musumeci’s two wins, first year Michael Wade, who took first place in the Shannon Henretty Invitational, won the weekly honor for the week of Sept. 14, with SMCM athletes having won three times in the last month. Sophomore Madeleine Blaisdell was also named United East Conference Women’s Runner of the Week for the weeks of Sept. 7 and Sept. 28.