James De La Cruz
James De La Cruz
Height: 5-8
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
High School: Bexley
Major: Nursing

2017 (Junior): Competed in three races during his junior year… Recorded a season-best 8K time of 26:50.1 in the open race of the Inter-Region Rumble, leading all CWRU finishers at the event… Was the team’s eighth finisher and placed 38th overall at the Ohio Wesleyan Invitational… Earned UAA Fall All-Academic recognition.

  • Sudeck Sundown Classic: 6K/20:31.5/25th place (Team Finish: 12th)
  • OWU Invitational: 8K/26:59.7/38th place (Team Finish: 8th)
  • Inter-Regional Rumble Open: 8K/26:50.1/5th place (Team Finish: 1st)

2016 (Sophomore): Was among the team’s top-five finishers in all six races he finished in during the year… Placed third among all Spartan competitors and 39th overall at the UAA Championships with a career-best time of 25:58.56… Finished 56th overall and fifth among CWRU competitors at the NCAA Regionals with a time of 26:10.3… Added a 41st-place finish among DIII competitors at the All-Ohio Championships, fourth among Spartan runners… Received UAA All-Academic honors.

  • Sudeck Sundown Classic: 6K/20:19.0/9th place (Team Finish: 4th)
  • Yellowjacket Invitational: 8K/27:09.2/31st place (Team Finish: 5th)
  • All Ohio XC Championships: 8K/27:35.7/41st Place Div.III/121st Overall (Team Finish: 4th)
  • Inter-Regional Rumble: 8K/26:03.0/55th place (Team Finish: 5th)
  • UAA Championship: 8K/25:58.56/39th Place (Team Finish: 3rd)
  • NCAA Regional: 8K/26:10.3/56th place (Team Finish: 5th)

Personal: Competed for Bexley High School, serving as a team captain during his senior year... Was coached by Jeff Landis... Recorded a top time of 16:32 in the 5K... Was named the Mid-State League Runner of the Year and earned First Team All-League, District and Region honors... Was a State Meet qualifier in 2014... Was a Mayors Cup Winner... Also played soccer and basketball in high school... Born June 12... Son of Jeff & Barb.