Event: 400H (52.10), 800M (IN: 1:51.71; OUT: 1:49.53)
A two-year letterwinner for the Tigers in 2010 and 2012 ... An NCAA Championships qualifier in the 800-meter run during his senior season in 2012 ... A three-time SEC finalist during his collegiate career ... Scored three points at the SEC Championships in two appearances in the 400-meter hurdles ... Finished in seventh place as a sophomore in 2010 and eighth place as a senior in 2012 in the final of the 400-meter hurdles at the SEC Outdoor Championships ... Was a three-time selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll from 2010-12 ... Graduated from LSU in May 2012 with a degree in information systems and decision sciences.
An NCAA Championships qualifier in the 800-meter run in his final season with the Tigers in 2012 ... Was also an SEC Championships finalist in both the 800 meters indoors and 400-meter hurdles outdoors in 2012 ... Finished in 43rd place in the qualifying round of the 800 meters at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds with a run of 1 minute, 53.40 seconds in the final race of his collegiate career ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships with a seasonal-best and personal-best time of 1:49.53 set in an eighth-place finish at the Battle on the Bayou ... Scored one point for the Tigers with an eighth-place finish in the 400 hurdles at the SEC Outdoor Championships ... Crossed the finish line in 52.69 in the conference final ... Advanced to his second career SEC final in the 400 hurdles with a new personal record of 52.10 for ninth place in the preliminary round ... Earned back-to-back third-place finishes in the 400 hurdles at the Arizona State Tri-Meet (52.34) and LSU Alumni Gold (52.40) during the outdoor season ... Led off LSU's 4x800-meter relay that took eighth place at the Texas Relays with a run of 7:37.52 ... Ran the 800-meter leg on LSU's distance medley relay that placed seventh in the college division at the Penn Relays with a season-best of 10:01.66 ... Qualified for the 800-meter final at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Wrapped up the indoor season with a ninth-place finish after clocking 1:52.49 in the event at the SEC Indoor meet ... Set an indoor PR of 1:51.71 for seventh place in the qualifying round ... Opened the indoor season with a third-place finish in the 800 meters at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener (1:54.01) ... Took fourth place at the Texas A&M Dual Meet (1:52.16) ... Also ran the 800 meters at the Razorback Invitational (1:52.81), New Balance Collegiate Invitational (1:52.99) and Tyson Invitational (1:52.79) during the indoor season ... Earned his third career selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for his outstanding performance in the classroom.
Recorded a seasonal-best time of 53.71 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles at both the LSU Alumni Gold and Cole-Lancon Invitational during the outdoor season ... Finished runner-up in the event at the Cole-Lancon Invitational and fourth place at the LSU Alumni Gold ... Opened the 2011 outdoor season with back-to-back 10th-place finishes at the LSU Tiger Relays (55.36) and LSU Invitational (54.14) ... Was the 43rd-place finisher in the 400 hurdles at the Texas Relays with a time of 55.36 in the qualifying round ... Clocked 48.10 in his only appearance in the 400-meter dash in a fifth-place finish at the Louisiana Classics ... Ran the leadoff leg on LSU's B team in the 4x400-meter relay that took sixth place at the LSU Tiger Relays with a time of 3 minutes, 12.62 seconds ... Made one start in the 800-meter run during the indoor season at the LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier ... Received his second selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll following the 2011 season.
One of the top 400-meter hurdlers in the Southeastern Conference during the 2010 season ... Scored two points for the Tigers with a seventh-place finish in the 400 hurdles at the SEC Outdoor Championships ... Clocked a time of 53.36 in the conference final ... Advanced to the final with a seasonal-best time of 53.00 in the conference semifinal ... His seasonal-best time of 53.00 ranked No. 7 on the SEC performance list at the end of the season ... Finished runner-up in the B section of the 400 hurdles at the LSU Alumni Gold (53.10) ... Also competed in the event at the Miami Elite Invitational (53.12) and Penn Relays (54.78) ... Opened up the outdoor season by running the 400-meter dash at the Louisiana Classics in Lafayette, where he earned a sixth-place finish with a time of 48.91 ... Ran on LSU's 4x400-meter relay indoors at the Purple Tiger Invitational ... Honored for his academic performance with a selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll following the season.
PRIOR TO LSU
Came to LSU after competing as a freshman at the University of Buffalo ... A 400-meter hurdler who earned a sixth-place finish in the event at the Mid American Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 2009 ... Clocked a time of 54.50 seconds in the conference final ... Finished his freshman campaign with a seasonal-best time of 53.22 to rank second on the Buffalo squad ... Boasts a PR of 52.59 in the 400-meter hurdles ... Recorded his personal best in the event in a fourth-place finish at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in 2008 ... Won a bronze medal with a third-place finish in the 400 hurdles at the New York state meet as a junior in 2007 ... Coached in high school by Curtis Merrick at Cicero North Syracuse High School and by Sandy Burns at Paul V. Moore High School.
Full name is James Patrick Thurn ... Born on April 19, 1990 ... Parents are John and Susan Thurn ... Has one sister, Jennell, and one brother, John Thurn II ... Was an honor student at Cicero North Syracuse High School ... Graduated from LSU in May 2012 with a degree in information systems and decision sciences.