UND M Cross Country BIO
Cataldo DiDonna
Player Profile:
Cataldo DiDonna 1659345
Year: Senior
Hometown: Bismarck, N.D.
High School: Century High School
Major: Chemical Engineering

Cross Country (Senior): 
Named to Big Sky Conference Fall All-Academic Team.

Cross Country (Junior): Was UND’s No. 2 runner at the NCAA Midwest Regional with a 10K time of 33 minutes, 3.9 seconds … That was 53 seconds better than his regional time the previous season … UND’s No. 3 runner at the Big Sky Conference Championship with a season-best 8K time of 26:47.9 ... Earned third letter.

Indoor (Junior): Named to Big Sky Conference Winter All-Academic Team ... Competed in four meets.

Outdoor (Junior): Redshirted the outdoor season … Earned third track letter. 

Cross Country (Sophomore): Named to 2015 Big Sky Conference Fall All-Academic Team ... Also named to both UND’s 2015 Fall Semester Dean’s List and President’s Roll of Honor ... Ran in all six cross country meets ... Logged career-best time of 25 minutes, 38.2 seconds at the UND Ron Pynn Classic (Oct. 17) ... Finished seventh in that meet ... Placed 45th at the Big Sky Championship (27:25.3) ... Earned second cross country letter.

Indoor (Junior): Competed in a pair of meets.

Outdoor (Junior): Named to UND’s 2016 Spring Semester President’s Honor Roll … Ran the eighth-best steeplechase time in UND history at North Dakota State with a time of 9:48.51 ... Earned second track letter.

Cross Country (Redshirt): Redshirted the cross country season.

Indoor (Sophomore): Named to Big Sky Conference Winter All-Academic Team … Helped UND to a sixth-place finish in the distance medley relay at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championship (Feb. 26-28) … Opened the track season with a runner-up effort in the mile run at the SDSU Open (Dec. 6), clocking a time of 4:28.47.

Outdoor (Sophomore): Ran the ninth-fastest steeplechase in school history at the Jim Duncan Invitational (April 10), clocking a time of 9:49.32 ... Runner-up in the steeplechase at Gustavus Adolphus’ Drake Alternative Meet (April 25) … Clocked a time of 10:01.70 ... Earned first track letter.

Cross Country (Freshman): Named 2013 Big Sky Fall All-Academic team ... Competed in six meets as a freshman … Made his debut at the season-opening NDSU Invite (Aug. 30) with a 5K time of 16 minutes, 52 seconds … Ran a PR 8K time of 27:17 at the UND Ron Pynn Invitational (Oct. 19), where he placed 18th ... Earned his first letter in cross country.

Indoor (Freshman): Competed in five indoor meets.

Outdoor (Freshman): Named to UND's Spring 2014 Dean's List.

Before UND
A 2013 graduate of Century High School ... A four-year letterwinner in cross country and track ... Earned all-state cross country honors and placed at the state meet in 2011 and 2012 ... Also served as a team captain in each of those two years ... Doubled as track captain in 2013 and placed fifth in the 1,600-meters at state in 2012 ... Also lettered in swimming three times and was an all-state selection and team captain in 2013 ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Graduated as Class Valedictorian.

Majoring in chemical engineering ... Son of Greg and Nancy DiDonna.

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