2012-13 (Senior):Outdoor - Competed at 800 and 1,500 meters as well as in the mile ... PR 2:29.28 half-mile time came at season-opening USF Bulls Invitational ... season-best mile time 5:26.98 came on Senior Day at the home meet Heart of the Bluegrass Classic. Indoor - Competed at 1,000 meters and in the mile ... Season-best 1K time 3:13.64 came at season-opening Hossier Open ... Top mile time 5:19.09 was recorded at home Kentucky Invitational.
Cross Country - Competed in season-opener at the Belmont Opener 4K with a time of 16:24.70... Finished Greater Louisville 5K in 19:46.81 ... Ran in Greater Louisville meet for second consecutive year... Completed her final race as a Wildcat at the SEC Championship 6K in a time of 23:41.33.
2011-12 (Junior): Outdoor - Competed at 1,500 meters with PR time 4:43.08 coming at Polytan Invitational ... Competed at SEC Championships.
Indoor - Competed at 1,000 meters and in the mile ... PR 1K time 3:09.24 came at Notre Dame Meyo Invitational ... Season-best mile 4:20.27 was recorded at SPIRE Invitational.
Cross Country - Competed in all four regular season events for Kentucky ... Finished the 4K Belmont-VU Opener in 16:15.47 to open the season ... Ran a 5K in 19:30.58 at the Tennessee Invitational ... Ran the Greater Louisville Classic in 19:08.45 ... Competed in the Panorama Farms Invitational.
2010-11 (Sophomore):Indoor: Ran the 800m at the VT Elite Meet, earning a season-best time 2:29.57 ... Best time 5:36.70 in the one-mile run came at the Akron Invitational.
Outdoor: Did not compete.
Cross Country - Did not compete.
2009-10 (Freshman) Cross Country - Competed in four meets for the Wildcats ... Best performance came at the NCAA Southeast Regional where she finished seventh on the team recording a 6K time of 22:54 to finish 111th overall ... At SEC Championships finished eighth on the team on the 6K course with a finish of 24:03 ... Also finished as eighth Wildcat across the line at Old Timers Classic with 5K mark of 19:23.37.
High School First-Team All-State cross country selection as a senior, sophomore and freshman ... Named 2009 cross country/track Athlete of the Year at Cathedral in final year ... Four-time Indianapolis City Cross Country Champion from 2005-08 ... Holds school records in both the 4,000m and 5,000m runs ... Four-year MVP and letterwinner in both cross country and track ... Member of cross country team that finished 11th in the Indiana state championships as a junior ... Her cross country team placed sixth overall in the state and won sectional and regional championships as a freshman ... Coached by Mark Worrell and Matt Wire ... Graduated with honors ... Member of National Honor Society ... Volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Paws for a Cause and Habitat for Humanity. Personal: Full name is Merrie Katelyn Achtien ... Born June 7, 1991 in Mission Viejo, Calif. ... Parents are Chris and Melissa Achtien ... Has three siblings: two brothers Chris and Evan; one sister Lauren who played soccer at the University of Akron ... Major is nursing.
Personal Full name is Merrie Katelyn Achtien ... Born June 7, 1991 in Mission Viejo, Calif. ... Parents are Chris and Melissa Achtien ... Has three siblings: two brothers Chris and Evan; one sister Lauren who played soccer at the University of Akron ... Major is nursing.