Notre Dame competed in the National Catholic Championship on September 16th, 2011.
AS A JUNIOR: Ran in all seven meets for the Irish, including at the BIG EAST, NCAA Great Lakes Regional and NCAA Championship meets ... finished 42ndout of 114 runners at the 8K BIG EAST Championship (25:50.41) ... took 73rdout of 201 runners at the 10K NCAA Great Lakes Regional (32:47) ... opened year with a fifth place finish out of 36 runners at the 6K Crusader Invitational (19:32.6) ... took 17thout of 276 runners at the five mile National Catholic Championship (25:14.4) ... finished 16thout of 127 runners in the five mile gold race at the Notre Dame Invitational (25:06) ... closed out regular season by running in the 8K open race at the Wisconsin Invitational ... earned a cross country monogram ... participated in 11 meets for the Irish ... competed in the 3,000m steeplechase, mile, 1,500m, 1,000m and 800m runs ... was a member of the 4x1,600m relay team that placed first (16:42.89) at the Drake Relays ... placed fourth in the 3,000m steeplechase and ran a personal best (9:20.88) at the Louisville Border Battle ... finished third in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:30.73) at the Michigan State Spartan Invitational ... finished second in the mile (4:14.13) at the Notre Dame Invitational ... placed third and ran a personal best (4:09.58) at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships ... earned a track & field monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE: 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 46thout 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 ... won a cross country monogram ... competed in ten indoor/outdoor track & field events ... ran to a first-place finish in the 1,000m run (2:26.58) at the Notre Dame Blue & Gold Invitational ... captured a second-place finish in the 1,500m run (3:59.52) at the Purdue Mike Poehlein Invitational ... helped the distance medley relay to a fifth-place finish (10:00.58) at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships ... earned a track & field monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN: Competed with both the cross country and track teams in 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 heat and 13th overall in the 1,500m at the Gina Relays, posting 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 & field at Union Catholic (N.J.) ... four-time letter winner in cross country ... three-time conference champion in cross country and track & field ... state champion in track & field during junior and senior campaigns ... cross country and track & field team captain during junior and senior seasons ... nationally ranked as a senior in track & field ... five-time MVP honoree between cross country and track & field ... Union County all-conference and all-city selection in both sports sophomore, junior and senior seasons ... all-state recipient in both sports as a junior and in track & field as a senior ... held school records at time of graduation in the 1,600m (4:09), 3,200m (9:19), 800m (1:51) and 4x800m relay (7:42) ... son of David and Elizabeth Thornton ... born in Rahway, N.J. ... youngest of five children ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business and is majoring in marketing.