2012: Competed in six events ... Placed 14th at the Shacklette Invitational with a time of 28:36 (9/8) ... Ran to a 14th-place finish at the Rivier Invitational with a time of 27:15 (9/21).
2011: Appeared in five races during his rookie running season ... Helped the Merrimack 'A' Team finish in ninth place at the Stonehill Relays ... Earned his first-ever top-10 finish (8th) with a time of 27:47.2 at the Shacklette Invitational ... Finished in 73rd with a time of 28:03 at the Codfish Bowl Race ... Ranked among the top-50 with a 47th-place finish at the NE-10 Championships ... Placed 66th with a time of 34:19.5 at the NCAA Regionals.
Before Merrimack: Four-year starter on Lawrence high cross country team … MVC Conference Race MVP as a freshman and sophomore … Appointed team captain as a junior and senior … Team MVP as a junior … MVC Division II MVP award and Eagle Tribune All-Star as a senior.
Personal: Born August 31, 1993 … Son of Fernando Cruz and Allagracia Parra … Has one sibling, Jaylene … Education major at Merrimack.