AS A JUNIOR: Competed in multiple events for the Irish in his Junior season ... ran two events at the Blue & Gold Invitational ... was part of the winning 4x400m relay team that crossed the line in 3:27.64 ... finished the 800m in second with a time of 1:55.73 ... completed his Junior campaign with a second place finish (1:57.46) at the GVSU Bob Eubanks Open's in the 800 meter run.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Opened the season running the 800 at the Blue and Gold Invitational in 1:58.37 ... also teamed with the 4x400 relay to finish in 3:30.13 ... racked a fourth-place finish in the 4x400 relay (3:28.47) as the first leg at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener ... closed the indoor season at the Meyo Invitational running the 800 in 1:55.43, a personal best ... concluded the outdoor season at the Gina Relays with an outdoor personal best in the 800 (1:56.41).
AS A FRESHMAN: Finished the outdoor season at the Dave Rankin Invitational in the 800 (1:59.11) ... competed at the Mike Poehlein Invitational in the 800 (1:57.09) for 11th ... ran the 800 in 2:01.54 at the Notre Dame Invitational ... opened the season in the 500 (1:09.70) at the Blue and Gold Invitational for 10th place.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Eight- time letter winner in track and cross country at St. Louis Priory (Mo.) ... team won cross country state title his freshman year and placed second during his sophomore campaign ... three-time ABC Conference champion in track ... senior cross country and track team captain ... eight-time all-conference selection ... named an all-state runner five times (four times in track and one in cross country) ... set school records in the 1,600, 3,200 and 4x800 ... full name is Maximilian Joseph Vincent Cruz ... son of Joseph and Christiane Cruz ... has two sisters, Miriam and Maria ... graduated from the College of Arts and Letters with a degree in Spanish ... also earned a secondary degree from the College of Arts and Letters in pre-professional studies.