UND Roster

2013-14 Cross Country Roster

DJ Thornton

Class Senior
Hometown Rahway, NJ
High School Union Catholic

AS A SOPHOMORE (Cross Country): Ran in the first six meets of the year for the Irish, turning in a pair of top-10 finishes … opened the year with a fifth place showing out of 53 runners at the 5K Crusader Invitational (15:58.7) … followed up performance by crossing finish line seventh out of 255 runners at the 8K National Catholic Championships (24:52) … competed for Notre Dame at the 8K BIG EAST Championships, crossing the line 46th out of 123 runners (24:51.7) … also ran for the Irish at the 8K Notre Dame and Wisconsin Invitationals and the 10K NCAA Great Lakes Regional.

AS A FRESHMAN: Competed with both the cross country and track teams in his first season … finished 20th in the ‘Gold’ division at the Notre Dame Invitational with a time of 25:39 … ran the 1,000m and 1,500m with the track squad … posted best 1,000m time of the season at the Blue & Gold Invitational with a time of 2:34.60, good for ninth overall … also ran the final leg of the seventh place 4x400m relay team at that event, crossing in 3:27.64 … finished first in his heat and 13th overall in the 1,500m at the Gina Relays, posting his quickest time of the season in that event in 4:03.31 … also ran in that event at the Purdue Mike Poehlein Invitational (4:05.89) and the Dave Rankin Invitational (4:08.45), finishing 16th and eighth, respectively.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Three-time letterwinner in track and field at Union Catholic (N.J.) … four-time letterwinner in cross country … three-time conference champion in cross country and track and field … state champion in track and field during his junior and senior campaigns … cross country and track and field team captain during his junior and senior seasons … nationally ranked as a senior in track and field … five-time MVP honoree between cross country and track and field … Union County all-conference and all-city selection in both sports his sophomore, junior and senior seasons … all-state recipient in both sports as a junior and in track and field as a senior … holds school records in the 1,600 (4:09), 3,200 (9:19), 800 (1:51) and 4×800 relay (7:42) … son of David and Elizabeth Thornton … born February 12, 1992, in Rahway, N.J. … youngest of five children … enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business… undecided on major but is also working towards a secondary major in the College of Arts and Letters for design.


1,000m (Blue & Gold Invitational) 8:53.12


1,500m (Gina Relays) 4:03.31