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Jaime J. Cruz

GS 1969, HS 1973
1972 NCAA track and field champion
and 1971 Catholic Schools Athletic League champion team in basketball

Jaime J. CruzJamie honed his skills in track and field and basketball in high school while reaping awards along the way. 

   In 1972, he won the gold medal in the long jump event at the NCAA track and field championships, setting a personal best mark of 19 feet, 9.5 inches. In 1973, he won two more medals—a silver medal in the 4 x 100-meter relay, and a bronze medal in the triple jump, despite the fact that he was competing in this event for the very first time.

   In basketball, Jamie was a member of the 1971 Catholic Schools Athletic League (CSAL) championship team, beating La Salle in the championship game at the latter’s home court in Greenhills. He was also a member of the 1972 and 1973 NCAA teams. He then went to college in the US to take BS Systems Analysis at the American Christian College.

   Sports did not take a backseat during his college years as he played for the American Christian College basketball varsity from 1973 through 1975. He was the only foreign-born player on the team and they won the Christian Colleges League championship in 1974 and 1975.

   While Jamie excelled in sports, his academic life bore fruit as well. Jamie was the class salutatorian in Prep and he was in the honors section from Grade I through high school, where he finished in the top five at the end of each school year. He was also undefeated in all mathematics and spelling contests in grade school. Jamie received a Medal of Honor on his high school graduation day in 1973. In college, he was either on the Dean’s List or President’s List for all four years.       

   After graduating from college, Jamie continued to be active in sports. As a player and then as a player/coach, his teams won the Marathon Oil Corp. Basketball Leagues in 1981, 1983, and 1987. He also devoted his time to teaching the game to youngsters and coached the championship team of the 1987 YMCA Youth Basketball League in Ohio as well as a team of teenagers to the 1992 Davidson County All-Churches League championship in North Carolina. Finally, in 2001, he was the playing coach for the basketball tournament champion at the All-Ateneo Reunion held at the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.

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