2010: Ran 20:20 in the 4 mile run at the Mook 4 (9/18) ... Ran 21:20.90 in the 6400m run at the Asics McNeese State Cowboy Stampede (10/9) ... Ran 26:32 in the 8k race at the Centenary Invitational (10/16).
High School: Lettered four years for head coaches Eddie Cole (cross country) and Donald Grabert (track and field) at E.D. White HS in Thibodaux, La.... Helped lead Cardinals to district and state titles in from 2002 all the way to 2006... Earned 3A All-State honors in 2004, 2005 and 2006 for cross country... Was named team captain his senior year on the cross country team... Made all district in track in 2005... Finished as district champion in 1600 and 3200 in 2006... Finished as state champion in 1600 and 3200 in 2007 as a senior... Lettered three years in swimming... Was Named Wendy's High School Heisman State Finalist in Louisiana for academics... Named Sport Quest First Team All-American for academics... graduated fifth in class with a five-year perfect attendance record.
Personal: Son of Scott and Margaret Cortez... Has two brothers, Brian and Kevin, and one sister, Christine... Born Nov. 4, 1988... Majoring in biology... Age, 18.