WESTFIELD, NJ — He runs cross country, winter track and spring track and will compete in the Nike Northeast Regional, an upcoming championship in Wappingers Falls, New York, Saturday.
Will Loggia, an 18-year-old senior at Westfield High School, is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week. Loggia has consistently been the cross-country team’s top finisher this fall, his coach said.
“He has always set big goals that to some seem out of reach, maybe even a little crazy,” said head coach Christopher Tafelski. “But in doing so, he held himself to a very high standard and was able to accomplish some great things in the sport.”
Loggia placed second at a county meet, won the sectional meet, placed eighth at the Group 4 Championship and 23rd at the state Meet of Champions, Tafelski said.
Loggia, who is a captain of the team, said he is proud not only of his work but also that of the entire team’s.
“We didn’t finish as highly as we hoped at the meet,” he said referring to the Meet of Champions. “But I’m still proud of the team. I definitely don’t have any regrets about the lessons learned. It’s the journey and not the destination that matters.”
Last year, Loggia won a sectional title, and he successfully defended that title this year: “Winning sectionals is something that I’m proud of.”
He leads by example.
“My biggest goal was to be the best captain I could for the team,” Loggia said. “That was the most important goal. I’m proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish as a runner, but also as a leader, teammate and friend.”
Loggia said he joined the cross country team as a freshman not thinking then that running would play as large a role in his life as it does today, but the upperclassmen motivated him to chase significant goals. Now, he is paying it forward.
“Being able to lead by example and show the younger guys what it takes to chase after big goals is really big for me, and I just enjoy the feeling of running,” Loggia said.
Loggia has been accepted to Boston University’s College of Communication, where he looks forward to studying film and media. He also has committed to continuing his running career at the school.
Loggia’s advice for those who follow him at Westfield High School: “Just do what you love and work your absolute hardest at it. Have big goals and don’t give up on them. Embrace your life story and spread the love.”