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Alumni: James Ortiz

Ortiz sets sights on the finish line, competes at U.S. Paralympic Trials

By Catherine Harper

James Ortiz (Photo Credit: Kin Man Hui/San Antonio Express-News)

Six years ago, during his senior year at Texas State, James Ortiz lost part of his right leg in a bicycle accident. Today, he’s up and running.

“I always knew I’d be running again,” Ortiz says. “It’s all I’ve ever known.”

Ortiz graduated from Texas State in 2006 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies, and currently works as a track and field coach at Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas. In his spare time, Ortiz is training for a spot on the U.S. Paralympic team, hoping to compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London from August 29 to September 9. Continue reading