AS A SENIOR: Ran in one cross country meet during the fall, placing 21st out of 53 runners (16:40.5) at the 5K Crusader Invitational … finished second in the 800 at the Blue and Gold Invitational … set a career indoor best time of 1:24.87 in the 600 at the Bob Eubanks Open … named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star.
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[apos]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 4×400 relay to finish in 3:30.13 … racked a fourth-place finish in the 4×400 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 4×800 … 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.
CRUZ[apos]S CAREER INDOOR BESTS
|500m (Blue & Gold Invitational)
800m (Meyo Invitational)
CRUZ[apos]S CAREER OUTDOOR BESTS
|800m (Gina Relays)||1:56.41|