Following injury Abigail Marsee finds her stride at RC

By Dominic Santina
Sports Editor


Even with struggles of her own, Marsee wants to help others first

Most college athletes are recruited for their college sport out of high school. Not Abigail Marsee.

Marsee, a junior on Rochester College’s cross country and track team, was recruited for her track skills. In high school, she threw shot put and discus and ran on the 4x400 relay. She didn't even run cross country at Sterling Heights High School. Instead, she played tennis, was a member of the National Honor Society, mentored freshman, and tutored other students.

After her first year at RC, Marsee went to Coach Kaitlyn Busam and said she wanted to run cross country, so Marsee joined the team as a walk on. 

“I wanted to challenge myself physically, but even more mentally. I have always wanted to push myself to run farther distances,” Marsee said.

Marsee started finding her stride as a runner in her first year on the team. Busam said Marsee gained confidence in her running and became stronger as the year progressed. 

“She is the type of runner every coach wants to have, with her personality and her leadership. I consider myself lucky as a coach,” Busam said.

Marsee helped the women’s cross country team take second place at the AII Conference meet in Colorado and finish in the top ten at the USCAA National Championship. She also broke a personal record for herself.

Marsee’s favorite memory from cross country came  from the USCAA meet. “I just remember after it was all over and we were all gathered together, getting emotional and thinking that we all made it through the season and it was a feeling of joy, relief and happiness,” she said.

At the end of the 2017 track season, Marsee discovered she had two tibial stress fractures, and as a result, she was shut down from running. After receiving the news, Marsee said she felt really upset about the injury.

And it wasn’t the first time she received bad news.

After she was cleared in late June to train again for this season, she felt even more pain. After another trip to the doctor, Marsee was diagnosed with Compartment Syndrome, which means her leg fills with blood during exercises and doesn't release.

Her only option was to stop running again and start physical therapy. She was cleared to start running again one mile at a time on Sept. 6. 

Senior runner Emily Bemis said Marsee’s absence has hurt the team. “It's only her second year in the sport and she already knows so much. She is kind of the mom. She puts everyone else needs first. There is definitely something missing from the team on those morning practices, and I can’t wait for her to come back,” she said. 

Marsee misses those mornings with the team and is working on getting back to practicing. Busam is looking forward to Marsee’s return and expects her to come back even stronger mentally and physically.

Even though Marsee has had her struggles of her own, it's helping people with their struggles that gives her joy. Marsee started working in the ACE lab last year and she likes helping students understand their homework because everyone learns differently.

Marsee is studying to become a physical therapist. She is hoping to teach people how to eat and train, how to recover from injuries, and how to get them back to loving life.

“I see people struggling from an injury and i know that affects them mentally and physically. I want to go and help them in both ways and get them back to normal,” she said.

With her dedication to her team and to helping others, Marsee is the perfect model of what it means to be a True Warrior.