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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

2016-17
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. 

2015-16 
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.

2014-15 
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.

2013-14 
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.

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

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